With over 44,000 stores in 112 countries, there’s no doubt that Subway is the largest fast food sandwich chain in the world. When it comes to the number of locations available, the United States and Canada are by far the leaders with over 30,000 stores between them. Additional locations can also be found across the Caribbean in countries such as Jamaica and Barbados and in small European countries such as Malta and Kosovo. There may only be one or two stores in each country, but they’re there.
For the most part, North American taste buds are more accustomed to standard Subway offerings such as steak and cheese, grilled chicken, meatballs or even tuna. But the restaurant chain has stretched its menu to include new options such as pulled pork and butter chicken. International franchises cater to local demographics and tastes, which explains the wide variety of menu items available in other countries. In catering to local tastes, the results are often food combinations that aren’t typically paired together in North America. Forget about the weird topping combinations some customers ask for, Subway takes the lead and offers unique flavorings for a limited time to test customer uptake. Here are just a few examples of subs that are offered internationally and stand out from North American options.
10 Japan - Sausage with Barbecue Sauce
9 Brazil - Smoked Chicken Salad and Cream Cheese
8 India - Potato and Herbs
7 India - Corn and Peas
6 Saudi Arabia - Halloumi
5 Australia - Schnitzel and Slaw
4 Japan - Shrimp and Broccoli
3 Japan - Bacon, Potato and Anchovy Sauce
2 Japan - Spanish Omelette
1 Poland - Fiesta Mexicana
You may be surprised to find this option in Poland because the name would imply a Spanish or Mexican influence. However, Poland has adopted this festive sandwich. Ingredients such as grilled chicken, corn, black beans, onions, peppers and cheese (all served on flat bread) create a healthy and flavorful meal. Nevertheless, this is a standard option on Polish menus. Coincidentally, Fiesta Mexicana is also a Mexican restaurant chain with multiple locations across the States. Before you ask, there are several menu items that use the same ingredients as this sub. Makes sense when served with nachos but an interesting combination when served in a sub.
Sources: www.thedailymeal.com, www.buzzfeed.com, www.huffingtonpost.com, www.subway.com
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