Anyone who has ever been to an Ecuadorian Kentucky Fried Chicken or even a French McDonald’s knows that American fast food starts to taste different as soon as you leave our borders, but Subway takes localizing cuisine to a whole new level.
For instance, at Subway Japan, in addition to a lot of truly odd-sandwiches (shrimp melt, anyone?), you can also get a yuzu sour cream pound cake or a cream soda float. Talk about catering to local tastes.
There are currently 42,859 Subway restaurants in 108 countries around the world. Subway has even overtaken McDonald’s famous golden arches in number of locations. And the company is always expanding. Subway has plans to have 50,000 restaurants around the world by 2018, which mean the company will have to open more than six restaurants a day, every day, for the next four years. However, they can probably do it, seeing as Subway has opened, on average, more than two restaurants per day since 1965.
Virtually every country you can name has at least one Subway. If you’re ever walking the beaches in Costa Rica, and you’re suddenly hit with a craving for a Footlong, not to worry; there are 261 Subway locations to choose from. But sure, you say, Costa Rica’s an easy one. What if I’m walking the cliffs on the Isle of Man and suddenly really, really want a meatball marinara? Subway’s got you covered, with three locations on the 220-square-mile island.
But there’s no need to travel the world seeking out weird sandwiches to try. To save you some time and money, we’ve compiled a list of Subway’s most delicious, and sometimes most bizarre-sounding, sandwiches from around the world. So click through our slideshow to see some global subs, then tell us in the comments which ones Subway should import to America.
1. Chicken tandoori (India)
This tasty-sounding sub is made with chicken breast marinated in yogurt, garlic, and ginger. It also comes dressed with a mint mayo that sounds amazing.
2. Corn and peas sandwich (India)
Who says a sub has to have meat? In India, where much of the population is vegetarian, a mix of green peas, corn, and carrots in eggless mayo makes for a unique corn salad sub.
3. Fiesta mexicana (Poland)
Wait, why does Poland get gaucamole, grilled chicken, and cheese on flatbread while Americans are still puttering around with turkey and cheese? We demand answers!
4. Shrimp melt (Japan)
Who says cheese and seafood don’t mix? Not Japanese Subway. In the Land of the Rising Sun, you can get shrimp and vegetables smothered in cheese on a classic Subway bun. Sounds weirdly delicious.
5. Sausage roll (Japan)
Half flatbread wrap, half hot dog. What could go wrong? The herbed sausage, melted cheese, and toasty wrap sausage roll should make its way across the Pacific.
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