REVIEW: McDonald’s Asian Crispy Shrimp Signature McWrap (Canada)

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Remember when McDonald’s was unabashedly a burger joint? This was before people like Eric Schlosser and Morgan Spurlock entered the scene and made people look at the Golden Arches a bit more critically.

Seemingly overnight it was decided that if parents are foolhardy enough to take their child to McDonald’s on a daily basis and the kid inevitably grows fat and unhealthy, that’s Ronald’s fault, not the parents’. McDonald’s went into damage control mode, falling over itself to introduce healthy items like salads, wraps, and apple slices (never mind that the average McWrap is almost as calorific and fat-laden as a Big Mac).

Of course, burgers are still McDonald’s bread and butter, but they almost seem ashamed of that fact. Here in Canada, I can’t even remember the last new burger they added to the menu. The Angus Third Pounders, I guess? And that was a few years ago. As someone who can remember when McDonald’s used to reliably come out with a new burger every month or two (or every month exactly under the Burger of the Month promotion that ran for a while in the ’90s), it makes me a bit sad.

But let me stop ranting and get to the matter at hand: McDonald’s latest new non-burger item, the Asian Crispy Shrimp Signature McWrap (it just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?). It consists of crispy shrimp, grilled vegetables, lettuce, and Thai sauce, wrapped up in a whole wheat tortilla.

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The shrimp is surprisingly okay. The breading is nice and crispy, and the medium-sized morsels aren’t terribly overcooked. They’re a bit tough, but for the most part they avoid the rubberiness you might expect. They almost seem to be there more for texture than anything else; there’s a very vague shrimpy flavour, but otherwise the veggies and the very sweet sauce were clearly dominant.

Still, when it comes to something with as much potential to go wrong as seafood, I’ll take no flavour over bad flavour. No one’s going to confuse them for shrimp from a good seafood restaurant, but for what it is, it’s not bad. It helped that they were hot and fresh in my McWrap, but obviously your mileage may vary.

The veggies are the usual assortment of stir-fry selections — carrots, peppers, peas, bamboo shoots, etc. They’re fine; like with the shrimp, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were fairly well cooked. They’re soft without being mushy; firm without being crunchy and undercooked.

The obligatory lettuce does what the obligatory lettuce always does — it adds some fresh crunchiness and makes you feel like maybe you’re eating something healthy.

The sauce is the same one from the Sweet Chili McWrap. It’s sweet and tangy, with a bit of a garlicky hit and the faintest undertones of spiciness. It’s got a bit of an aftertaste that stayed with me all afternoon, but other than that it’s not bad. It’s a sauce that would feel right at home at a Panda Express — with the overall effect being that the wrap tastes like they took a dish from that restaurant and wrapped it up in a tortilla with some veggies.

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It’s not bad. I think it adds up to less than the sum of its parts, because while there’s nothing about it that was outright bad, I can’t particularly foresee a scenario in which I’d ever want to order it again. It’s certainly not my favourite of the McWraps (that would be, oddly enough, the entirely vegetarian Santa Fe McWrap), but if you’re curious about how McDonald’s has handled shrimp, you won’t be horrified. That’s a ringing endorsement, isn’t it? “You won’t be horrified.” Feel free to quote me on your marketing, McDonald’s.

(Nutrition Facts – 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.)

Item: McDonald’s Asian Crispy Shimp Signature McWrap (Canada)
Purchased Price: $5.49 CAN
Size: N/A
Purchased at: McDonald’s
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Crispy shrimp. Well-cooked veggies. Decent sauce.
Cons: Shrimp is slightly overcooked. Sauce has an unpleasant aftertaste. Inspires apathy. Makes me remember how much I miss the Burger of the Month.

12 thoughts to “REVIEW: McDonald’s Asian Crispy Shrimp Signature McWrap (Canada)”

  1. Hello Mike,had one of these today for lunch…biggest RIP-OFF EVER!!!

    $6.20 for three Shrimp,mixed with “Bagged” Salad…not “Well-cooked” veggies like you had. Mine also had a Creamy style sauce in addition to the Thai Sauce…

    I could see the price being lowered to around $1.99,then it may attract more sales,but asking 5.49 for just three shrimp and bagged salad…


    PS. This was from Kingston,ON McDonalds on Division near 401 Hwy.

      1. I had at least 5 shrimp in my wrap. I must’ve lucked out. The reason I knew this was because I know I had three while I was eating the wrap, then when I got to the end, I had two still left in the bottom of the cardboard cover which I ate with a fork. I never eat at McDonalds except to try the Santa Fe wrap when it came out, and now this one. It was good, but the price could’ve been a bit lower for what it is. I would order it again if I ended up at McDonalds for some reason.

  2. I quite enjoyed it too! I’ll order again and ask for less sauce as I am trying to keep calorie count down. haha. But ya, I didn’t count but I think there were probably 4 shrimps and the veggies were nice. Priced a bit high but it IS shrimp. I’ve never tried the veggie Santa Fe wrap though… its it loaded with cilantro? 😛

  3. Didn’t like mine. Not sure whether it was the shrimp or the veggies or the sauce but I tasted something horrible. Not buying it again. The wrap even looked like a pancake. I’ve never seen a wrap like that myself. Stick to hamburgers McDonald’s. Rate this a 2/10.

    1. The sauce is the horrible thing. It’s like they cook the veggies in urine rather than sauce!!!

  4. Very disapointing! I just had one of those yesterday, i saw the add and i was so excited to try it! The Shrimp were Awful! That shrimp coating was terrible! I seriuously coundnt any shrimp in that sandwich! That Sweet Sauce was Horrible! I couldnt finish it!!

  5. Very disapointing! I just had one of those yesterday, i saw the add and i was so excited to try it! The Shrimp were Awful! That shrimp coating was terrible! I seriously coundnt taste any shrimp in that sandwich! That Sweet Sauce was Horrible! Two bites and i couldn’t take another bite!!!

  6. I tasted this mcwrap a week ago in Saskatoon Walmart McDonald, and I can honestly say that the sauce tasted horrible. Th shrimp on top was tasty, but once I went down in the sandwich I smelled something like urine, and then tasted the horrible sauce, that I had to throw away he rest of the sandwich. I nearly never throw away any food, but I had to do so in this case. If you are still willing to eat this, then avoid the sauce by all means. Unfortunately the sauce is what is used to prepare the veggies, so I couldn’t judge them.
    Overall, NEVER AGAIN!!

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