The first thing that should cross your mind as you bite into the new McDonald’s McSpicy Deluxe should be obvious.
No, it’s not “how much gastro-intestinal distress will eating this cause me a few hours from now”, but the more obvious one. That is, “why doesn’t Maccas just make this the standard McSpicy”.
But before we get there, we need to answer the question of what exactly a McSpicy Deluxe is.
McDonald’s will tell you that a McSpicy Deluxe is a McSpicy… but Deluxe-ified. Not that they’re entirely wrong in calling it that. But because I am an insufferable pedant (and insufferable in general), I take issue with McDonald’s calling it Deluxe.
Yes, the McSpicy Deluxe does indeed look deluxe against the regular McSpicy—it has an all-new bun, tomato relish with chopped jalapeno bits, a slice of cheese and a generous, thick-cut tomato slice.
All for the low, low price of SGD0.70 more than a regular McSpicy. Which makes the biggest achievement of the fancy McSpicy to make the normie McSpicy look bad.
In fact, I’d contend that the McSpicy, with its limp lettuce, basic-as-buggery sesame seed bun and poot of mayo is the very definition of a Minimum Viable Product. It’s like as if Maccas wanted to beta-test its fried chicken tech (which is amazing, btw) and foisted it on an unsuspecting populace.
A populace easily bamboozled by the temptation of the crispy-on-the-outside-juicy-on-the-inside fried chicken thigh therein.
What I’m trying to get at is the McSpicy Deluxe should simply be called the McSpicy, and the standard McSpicy be called the McSpicy Lite or something. But that wouldn’t do, because it would appear that Maccas has, for the longest time, been peddling a cut-back, stripped-down product.
Which it kinda is.
So anyway, what you must be wondering is whether or not the McSpicy Deluxe is worth the calories. Is paying less than a dollar more for the burger we should’ve gotten in the first place worth it?
The other burning question (though by popular consensus, that won’t be the only thing burning after you eat a McSpicy) is whether the McSpicy’s reputation, leading to its quaint nickname of the McLaosai deserved?
The regular McSpicy, with its limp lettuce, basic-as-buggery sesame seed bun and poot of mayo is the very definition of a Minimum Viable Product.
Even more so in this case, since the tomato relish (also seen in the Angus burger) is deceptively spicy. It’s the sort of spiciness that creeps up on you unexpected, like the ex you thought you forgot about who disappears for years then out of the blue drunk-calls you in the middle of the night.
But, like the hook-up that comes from answering those late-night phone calls, the inevitable death and destruction that comes from eating overly spicy food is worth it.
Especially if you happen to be eating the McSpicy Deluxe. Who knew that simply adding some relish, cheese and a slice of tomato to a McSpicy could be such a revelation?
The chicken and relish are spicy, sure, but the slice of tomato keeps things nice and fresh. Which brings me to one of my biggest beefs (ha) about the standard McSpicy. It just feels really greasy after a few mouthfuls, like you’ve just swallowed a bottle of oil.
Now, I get some of you out there do that sort of thing for fun, and more power to you, but not everyone is into that sort of thing. Just like how not all of us are into furries.
At any rate, if what you’re reading is wetting your whistle (the burger, not the furries), you’ll want to head down to the nearest Macca’s in a pretty big hurry. Given how Maccas is prone to axing the best things on its menu and keeping its most blah ones, you can bet the McSpicy Deluxe isn’t long for this world.
Yes, I still haven't forgiven you for taking the McGriddles off the menu.
10-word review: This is the McSpicy we deserved to have all along.
Best paired with: The inevitable disappointment when McDonald's eventually takes this off the menu.