Retro Apple Pies – Mickey D’s Style

In Food, Hong Kong on September 29, 2011 by triotriotrio Tagged:

One of the things that I love about Hong Kong are the little things that remind me of home. And sometimes those are not reminders of the present but of my childhood. Here is a quirky little observation that I have made.


First of all, as many of you may know my first job was at McDonald’s. And in many ways the lessons that I learned as a McDonald’s employee have helped shape my professional career. Hands down – nobody does organization and procedures like McDonald’s.


So back in the 80’s I enjoyed working in the grill at McDonald’s. The grill was not only responsible for making hamburgers but also things like apple pies. These apple pies were made in a deep fryer. The pies were completely frozen and had to be fried 10 minutes or so. Nothing could be placed in this fryer except pies. We were warned not to contaminate it with things like the Filet-O-Fish patties.


The standard pies were apple and cherry. And sometimes on special occasions we had a run on chocolate for Valentine’s Day and pumpkin for Thanksgiving.


Well sometime around 1987 McDonald’s changed it pies. They went from fried to baked. And the new pies had large slits to help vent steam and heat. A common problem with the fried pies was that when they came out of the fryer they were super hot. And many people burned their mouth on pies that had not been allowed to properly cool.


Well in Hong Kong they don’t have the baked pies. They have the same fried pies that I remember. They are super crispy and super hot. There is apple but the Hong Kong versions include Taro, Sweet Potato and Black Currant.


So I have always loved McDonald’s and this experience takes me back to a simpler time when I didn’t think about calories, saturated fats or sugar levels. What a wonderful trip down memory lane.



One Response to “Retro Apple Pies – Mickey D’s Style”

  1. There’s no place like dreaming about home, Toto. We know where you are going to take Thelma and Orv for their first meal in Hong Kong.

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