Touring the kitchen of McDonald's Sarinah

Touring the kitchen of McDonald's Sarinah

As a child, going to McDonald's was one of the most exciting choices during a family dine out.

Getting a Happy Meal was comparable to receiving a birthday gift.

With this memory in mind, having the chance to visit a McDonald's kitchen was like acquiring the golden ticket to enter Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.

The McDonald's branch in Sarinah, Central Jakarta, was chosen to house the kitchen tour during the restaurant's breakfast hour.

Near to the entrance of the kitchen is the deep-frying machine, which produces McDonald's iconic French fries.

Next to this is the assembly station where the employees put together burgers and other menu items.

"We take serving times really seriously here, kitchen appliances must be close to each other to reach maximum efficiency," said Djoko Sutopo, the branch manager for McDonald's Sarinah.

A glimpse at the appliances reveals some hi-tech machines to allow the employee to process the order as quickly as possible while maintaining food quality.

Many processing steps are done at the touch of a button and the workflow allows even a non-employee to assemble an Egg McMuffin in under a minute.

A multi-rack oven beside the assembly station is used to keep the food for a limited time.

Should this time limit pass, the leftovers will have to be thrown away, which is something McDonald's tries to minimise.

"The employee must carefully gauge how much scrambled eggs he or she should produce in one batch," said Djoko.

Being in the kitchen, you can see why employees are able to process orders at speed, with sophisticated machines and an efficient workflow.

McDonald's held the kitchen tour in conjunction with an announcement of its participation in National Breakfast Day on Mar. 9, when 148 McDonald's branches will give out 1,000 free Egg McMuffins.

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