In recent months, Japan has seen multiple occasions of potato shortages. Fast food giants like McDonald’s and Mos Burger were both forced to suspend French fry sales. French fries are now back on the menu, but continuing global uncertainties mean that the crisis can’t be called truly over yet.
That is one of the reasons why, starting next week, Burger King Japan will be offering combo meals consisting of a hamburger, drink and ramen.
The tempting combination is called the Daitai Potato, or “Sorta Potato,” Set, since it aims to provide the salty, starchy satisfaction of a bag of French fries despite its spud-less status. Instead of fries, the Daitai Potato Set will provide you with a bag of Baby Star Dodekai Ramen, a crunchy dried ramen noodle snack that’s popular enough to be a big seller on its own, even without the added incentive of a flame-grilled companion burger.