10 Hilarious Knock Off Fast Food Chains Only In China

10 Hilarious Knock Off Fast Food Chains Only In China

You might want to grab your “Stars & Bucks”
coffee for this one, it’s going to be an interesting ride. China’s copycat culture is well known
and it’s no secret that they are good at replicating stuff. Some knockoffs are very good and at
first glance, you can’t tell the difference. But this is not always the case, especially
when it comes to well-known fast food chains! Here are 10 hilarious knockoff fast food chains
in China. Mak Dak China loves the taste of the West. It’s new,
exciting and a special treat for them to be able to go eat “Western food”. Although there
are many knockoff Western fast food chains, some of them you might be fooled at first
glance. So did you think this was a McDonald’s? At second glance Mak Dak is clearly not McDonald’s
but more like a tribute to Daffy Duck, perhaps the “happy meals” come with gold coins? China
is excellent at replicating, and if there is a successful business they want to be part
of, they make their own version replicating everything they can from the biggest to the
smallest details. McDonald’s is in second place for the top grossing American fast-food
chains in China. Not only that but Chinese people trust American fast food chains, so
the replicas might think they can fool people by luring them in with the same look, feel
and similar tastes. How close can they get the taste to the real thing though? Instead
of McD’s you have Mak Dak’s who’s menu include burgers, fries, nuggets and some kind of replica
of the Big Mac. But the most important question is were they able to get the big mac sauce
right?! KFD and KFG Sound familiar? KFC — and what comes after
C? Oh! D! KFD… then there is KFG. And you can also find a DFC. These all just use a
play on letters to imitate the well-known food chain KFC. There are so many rip-offs
for this popular fast food chain because it is loved by the Chinese people and is the
top-grossing fast food chain countrywide. All the versions of KFC seem to be just a
variation of any combo of three English letters on the wall. The other knockoff Kentucky
Fried Chicken outlets in China include KLC, FBC, and MFC. They all use the red and white
brand colors that KFC uses and have a different sketched face to accompany the logo. Sometimes
the sketch is a fat chicken, other times it’s a Chinese man’s face. They offer a menu that
includes popcorn chicken and fries just like the real thing, and of course the signature
dish of fried chicken! You can find a KFD or KFG all over the country! Cheese Burger Recognize this logo? Well well well if it
isn’t the Burger King logo, but instead for a place called Cheese Burger. How can you
really change this restaurant down to just one menu item… the cheeseburger? After all,
they do have a lot more on the menu than that! Perhaps the Chinese people really love cheeseburgers?
Or maybe the founder really loved cheeseburgers from the real Burger King and thought about
starting their own version featuring just the one menu item? However you want to explain
this one, this is our best guess! But the real story behind this Burger King knockoff
is that fast-food Western burger joints are very well-liked in China, but unfortunately,
they are mostly only available in big and well-known cities. So, the cities in between
don’t get as much fast food options, and hence these rip off versions started to pop up.
They look the same, taste the same and therefore generate quite a bit of traffic into their
locations. It might not be the same quality of a real Whopper meal but something is better
than nothing, right? 7 Twelve From identical branding and logo to the small
size convenience store, this knockoff can easily be mistaken for a 7 Eleven. If you
are sleepwalking or had a few drinks you might not even know the difference. 7 Eleven is a Japanese
owned international chain of convenience stores and there have been many replicas popping
up all over Asia. Well thought out replicas like this one think of every detail of the
original brand, just the names have been slightly changed. Why not 7 twelve? 7 thirteen and
7 fourteen are surely not far behind! You can also find a 7 “apple” in China but this
knockoff is not as great as 7-twelve because they use Apple’s logo in place of 7 eleven’s,
making it more obvious that it’s not the real deal. 7-Eleven really started to boom a few
years back in China because people liked the idea of easy, quick, grab and go items and
started to stop by for daily snacks and even home staples or hot meals. The knockoff version
also provides the same sorts of items for quick on the go convenience like sandwiches,
pop drinks, candy and snacks like chips or vacuum sealed chicken feet. Taco Bell Grande Taco Bell goes up a size to “Grande”. Just
kidding it’s only the knockoff version of Taco Bell except that this knockoff is like
an upscale version where the logo and restaurant look nothing like the real one, and the menu
consists of items like tacos, fajitas, smoked salmon and oxtail soup. The staff are friendly
and wear sombreros, you can order different Mexican dishes and listen to a mariachi band
(off of a playlist, but still). The service is much better than your local taco bell—
this is one knockoff food chain that really did it right and seems to have more success
than the original version of Taco Bell, who didn’t do so well in China. Taco Bell Grande
offers a complimentary bowl of chips and salsa upon being seated, and this on its own
makes it worth the visit! The founders of this knockoff were looking to find the recipe
for success with Mexican food in China by making it an upscale, full service, sit-down
restaurant and providing great customer experience and great food. For the average American,
Taco Bell is a place with fast food when you don’t have a lot of time or want something
cheap yet tasty. Taco Bell Grande is one of the best knockoffs because they went above
and beyond the genuine one to make it a restaurant people line up to go to, with a detailed,
bilingual menu and very “Mexican” feeling decor. It seems the secret to a successful
knockoff fast food chain is including not only the original menu but also items that
are familiar to the Chinese palate. Dairy Fairy Welcome to Dairy Fairy where instead of a
Blizzard you can get an oreo “Ice Storm”. By the looks of the menu, the fake Dairy Queen
is also accompanied by a fake Orange Julius as well. There are a number of Dairy Queen
look-a-likes globally but it seems as though Dairy Fairy in China is really taking it to
the next level by trying to become a fast food chain of their own! With several locations
in China, they have even spread to South Africa! Dairy Fairy is known in China to be a popular
brand of soft serve ice cream along with their various other ice cream menu items. They also
have their cups labeled “DF,” which is exactly what “DQ” does on their cups, and all the
employee uniforms are pretty much the same. The Chinese copycat brand’s slogan is “the
taste of California”. It is clear that the logo, style, and the general brand idea is
from Dairy Queen. They can’t fool us by changing a few colors and menu names like the Ice Storm
but they seem to be fooling others considering they are doing pretty well. There is also
another imitation of Dairy Queen but they call themselves Dairy & Queen, isn’t that
original? Pizza Huh Some might say that imitation is the sincerest
form of flattery because they clearly like what you are doing and you’re doing it well.
Although for many international companies in China imitation is the opposite of flattery
and they need to constantly protect themselves from counterfeiters. All these companies do
it the smart way, they change the name a little bit or in some cases by one letter and keep
the branding almost identical. Hence the birth of eateries like “KFG”, “Cheese Burger”, “Dairy
Fairy” and “Pizza Huh”. You might see this and ask “Pizza what?… Huh?” Yes, we’re
thinking the same, where did Pizza Hut go? It turned into “Pizza Huh”, same logo, same
menu, the same layout just with the change of one letter! Pizza Huh made no effort to
be original in their signage and they went for a look as similar to Pizza Hut as possible. It
is located in a mall, which is dedicated to knockoff stores and restaurants. They could
have changed any letter in the name, it really didn’t matter. So instead of Pizza Huh it
could have been Pizza But or Pizza Gut or even Pizza Tut – the Egyptian themed Pizza
Hut. Actually that last one sounds more like something for Vegas. Bucksstar Coffee or Sunbucks Coffee Bucksstars, Sunbucks, Bucks and Stars or USA
bucks, are all nothing but a ripoff Starbucks! They really do a solid job with knocking off
this world-famous coffee chain, from the logo and branding, right down to the printed take-out
cups and menu. The Starbucks look-alike named ‘Bucksstar Coffee’ has it down to the
logo and branding to look very much like those of genuine Starbucks. Want to know the funny
part about some of these knockoff chains, specifically Bucksstars or Bucks and Stars?
It actually was not designed to cater to city residents but rather to the tourists.
They were hoping tourists would look for the familiar green mermaid knockoff logo for some
comfort and caffeine. They offer similar items to what is on the Starbucks menu, from the
basics of a latte or muffin to frappucinos. Bucksstar Coffee is located in the middle
of a “knockoff” mall and received some complaints that people were being easily deceived by
the mimicry, thinking they were getting the real Starbucks when they were not. This might
have started a little bit of trouble for the brand especially since they haven’t posted
on their Twitter account since May 2014. On Twitter, they were posting images of the real
Starbucks logo and tweeting that they were serving Starbucks lattes! They even tweeted “we
will be selling Starbucks lattes and Voodoo Donuts”. Seems a little sketchy… and many
people did not like this a latte. OFC (KFC) If you thought there was enough KFC knockoffs
with ripped off menus you were wrong, there’s more. China made another KFC ripoff in Beijing
and called it “OFC,” for “Obama Fried Chicken.” Needless to say, this got a lot
of attention and was considered offensive so they changed the name again to “UFO” later
on. They used the same colors, font, style, and menu but this time instead of targeting
Obama they went for aliens. “Yes, I’ll get the alien fried popcorn chicken, please and
the galactic fries with that”. Why are there so many KFC rip-offs in China though? There
are tons of different variations of the knockoff for this fast-food chain. Well, before 1987,
China was closed off to the rest of the world, and then, KFC was the first American fast-food
chain to open in China. So, when KFC came in they went wild for it! It was the first
Western food they had access to and many Chinese consumers prefer chicken over other meats
like beef or pork. It quickly became not only popular but China’s favorite fast food joint.
The original KFC has over 5,000 locations and in 2017 they made $5 billion in revenue.
It is no wonder that others wanted a piece of this success and wealth, so they started
to knock it off in hopes of the same success and to maneuver customers to the false KFC
by using similar logos, the same color scheme, and menu items. Michael Alone This version of McDonald’s in China has replicated
the golden arches and turned them upside down. It’s hard to know what the inspiration here
was. The upside down arch makes us think of WcDonald’s, a popular fictional version
of the McDonald’s franchise, seen in a lot of anime. But what’s with the name Michael
Alone? Maybe the founder was inspired after watching the movie Home Alone? Or maybe it’s
in memory of Michael Jackson? After all, he did sing ‘You Are Not Alone’. Perhaps
“the founder” of this restaurant was going for something comforting and familiar? The
slogan could be “you are not alone, there is fast comfort food for you”. They even have
a fake “Ronald McDonald” mascot out in front with the same look, logo, and similar menu
as the original McD’s. Ironically, the restaurant does look kind of lonely with no customers
inside. Maybe this is because you can tell from the terrible name that it’s a ripoff
Mickey D’s. But if not for the Michael Alone name, the restaurant easily could be mistaken
for a real McDonald’s! From the red and yellow color scheme to the decor and menu,
we wonder if it tastes anything like the real McD’s. Hopefully they got their crispy fries
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  2. "Unfortunately, western fast food restaurants are only available in big renowned cities in China." I just looked up at KFC website. The official website says KFC has restaurants in over 1200 cities and villages in China. In general, the condescending voice and stereotypical portrait in this video is really annoying.

  3. China is so good at knock of. They can also make fake rice, fake meat, fake egg, fake vegetables that they sell and people are accidentally eating.

  4. Dear Channel, can you name any specific address or at least a city (apart from ofc in Beijing) where one of these imitations is located ??

  5. This is full of mistakes! For example, right at the beginning The "Mak Dak" logo was described as being a tribute to "Daffy Duck", when it is actually an illegal EXACT COPY of the Disney character "Scrooge McDuck"!!! There are several more such ridiculous claims.

  6. Single jpgs are used from a google search and much filler for ad revenue. Most of the clips are from the real restaurants. Journalism is dead. 🙃

  7. You inspire me to get friends in different countries to do a video with actual footage from the knockoff restaurants and taste tests. Stop using footage from the real ones. 🤑👨‍🍳

  8. obama fried chicken. Do they have a ton of scandals attached to their franchise just like the real obama, or is it just his dumb face?

  9. 0:52 NOT A CHINESE RESTAURANT! It says in handwriting "вот что мне нравится". Vot chto mne nravitsya, "here is what I like". Another variation of "I'm loving it". On the left panel there is the drinks and dessert selection of the restaurant, it turns out that a big fountain coke is 45₽. That's still less than a dollar. They also have a selection of juices and tea. That said, this Mak Dak is not in China but in Russia. And if not there, then certainly somewhere in the Russian speaking world.

  10. "It might not be the quality of a real whopper meal". We're fishing here at the bottom of the barrel, I don't think it's at all hard to replicate the lousy crap they serve in America. American fast food is a race to the bottom and the knock-off food might in fact be much better.

  11. This is what I hate about america, they always screaming about how china abusing human right and stuff but this amerikunt even more than the china.
    The real dictatorship is usa 😎😎😎😎😎

  12. For the Burger King segment you were using Filipino Burger King commercial ad (it is the real BK not a fake) not Chinese ads. Very misleading and BTW in the states there are many bootleg versions of popular fast food chains.

  13. I would have liked to see more videos not still images of those copycats restaurants and a not bunch of unrelated TV ads of legit companies.

  14. Why would you even knock off Taco Bell? That's like food inception; we gonna imitate an imitation of Mexican food.

  15. You guys should cover the story of how Miniso, a ripoff of Muji from Japan actually signed an agreement with Marvel and now sells Marvel character items.

  16. 39 Cent Hamburger Stand burgers and fries tasted exactly the same as McDonald's. Even had the small cubed onions, pickle, mustard and ketchup on the burger.

  17. 1.4 BILLION-



  19. You know what funny you can’t fucking tell what is Russian or thai from mandarin have you ever fucking heard of research

  20. They obviously do it well and still within the law so why not. It has made me think about how unfair it is for the companies / products that have built their brand up only to have others profit with lookalike products. I have to say that I've never been China and I didn't know that they also have fake fast food restaurants. I do make use of online sites that sell cheaper versions of cake decorating products and even other things like Lego replicas. The quality is exactly the same it can just take longer to recieve the product through the post but if you are organized you can order in advance.

  21. Yes there are look a-likes but the master franchisers still make good money. The best example is Starbucks, whose coffee is so bad they can’t survive in Italy but to Chinese it’s prestigious to pay over the odds for a coffee made by a western brand. The local fast food brands outsell the western look-a-likes 1000-1 and their food is equally bereft of nutrition but cheaper.

  22. If I was the owner of those fast-food restaurants I would sue everyone of them for counterfeit and copping my intellectual property

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