Review: Asian Crispy Shrimp Signature McWrap from McDonald’s Canada
McDonald’s is selling shrimp? OK, so the Mayans were only off by a few years. Honestly, the notion of McShrimp sent a shiver up my spine & caused my stomach to begin frantically looking for discounted flights on Expedia. Other than the menu veteran Filet-O-Fish , a failed Fish McBites launch and a seasonal/regional McLobster release, you certainly won’t find Ronald & Co. on an episode of Deadliest Catch. The good news? You don’t have to fear McDonald’s employees leaving out piles of defrosted shrimp rings under heat lamps by accident. Nope, these pint-sized bottom feeders are breaded, deep-fried and destined for the new Asian Crispy Shrimp McWrap.
The expansion of the “health conscious” McWrap line makes sense, even if deep fried seafood as the key protein would make a Jenny Craig mentor implode. The McWrap has been extremely successful for McDonald’s, as it offers a true salad on the go experience for the consumer.
The Asian Crispy Shrimp McWrap feels like a menu item at Popeyes, if Popeyes was trying to lure the “Grey Area Vegetarian” demographic. Kudos on the packaging McDonald’s, it was like being handed the baton in an Olympic relay event. Smart, perfect for mobile noshing.
Four initially crispy, soon soggy from a Thai chili sauce bath, breaded shrimp are packed into a humongous whole wheat tortilla. A tad larger than their generic frozen shrimp ring relatives, they retained a pleasant, faint brine flavor and an enjoyable snap. If I was to order again, I’d ask for sauce on the side. Would I have liked more shrimp? Sure. Does it need more? Yes. Going by the average protein allowance on other Signature McWraps, the present quantity is par for the bottom line, er course.
The sauce itself is a generic sweet Thai chili sauce, which offers an excellent kick of heat at the trail end of each bite and doesn’t assault your taste buds with sickly sweet up front. While the Asian salad mix in the wrap remain crunchy, items like the peas & peppers in the flavorful grilled vegetable medley ended up a mushy, indistinguishable blob, spread throughout the wrap. It’s like Gerber’s co-sponsored the contents. McD’s notes the wrap also contains a garlic-mayo “style” sauce, but I wasn’t picking up what they were supposedly laying down.
I certainly wouldn’t rank the new Asian Crispy Shrimp at the top of the McWrap line-up, but it’s a nice diversion from menu stalwarts; beef and chicken, the two pillars of Ronald’s Empire. Side note: At this point, McDonald’s secret menu needs to include a McShrimp Po’ Boy.
Pros: Nice heat from the Thai sauce, which was not overly sweet. Ginormous warm, soft tortilla. Fancy portable packaging.
Cons: Mushy veg. Skimpy on the shrimp.
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.00/10
Price: 5.49 CDN
Overall GrubGrade: 7.00/10
More Info: mcdonalds.ca
500 calories, 20 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 0.2 grams of trans fat, 45 milligrams of cholesterol, 1310 milligrams of sodium, 65 grams of carbohydrates, 9 grams of fibre, 16 grams of sugar, and 15 grams of protein