Recipe, plus 5 things to know about Appetite for the Arches

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — There’s a huge food and drink event coming up where chefs are challenged to use three ingredients from a place known for its Big Macs in their culinary creations.

  1. Appetite for the Arches is billed as an evening of culinary masterpieces. It’s a nightly event filled with unique food, craft cocktails, and charity on April 20, 2022, at the Orlando Science Center from 6-10 p.m.

  2. Appetite for the Arks benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida, where top chefs will put their creativity to the test by preparing dishes using McDonald’s ingredients.

  3. One such chef is the Executive Chef of Morimoto Asia, Chef Yuhi Fujinaga. From the McDonald’s menu, Chef Yuhi chooses smoked bacon, American cheese, and eggs to create bite-sized donuts called Butayaki.

  4. Butayaki is a sweet and savory bacon cheese fritter finished with a tangy barbecue sauce, chives, maple syrup and bonito. Event guests will be able to try it out.

  5. As a bonus, Morimoto Asia associated it with this cocktail: The Forbidden Highball. (From Morimoto Asia:) Highball is a timeless classic – a simple yet sophisticated balance of whiskey and soda over ice that makes for a refreshing cocktail that will never go out of style. Morimoto Asia’s Forbidden Highball recipe is roughly a 3:1 mix of filtered and chilled premium sparkling sparkling water with champagne-level fizz, Suntory Toki Whiskey. Served in a Collins glass with a large ice spear (aka ghost ice) garnished with an express twist of lemon.

    Butayaki Ingredients:

    • Chive
    • 2 eggs
    • 4 cups vegetable oil for frying
    • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
    • 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
    • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
    • 1/3 cup Swiss cheese, grated
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 1 ¾ teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • ¼ cup half and half
    • 2 tablespoons of white sugar
    • ¼ tsp salt
    • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
    • Skipjack
    • Diced cooked applewood smoked bacon (3 to 4 strips)

    Sauce ingredients:

    • 3 tablespoons McDonald’s hot barbecue sauce
    • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup


    1. In a medium bowl, beat sour cream and egg together. Stir in cheese, half and half, flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix until just combined. Add the diced cooked bacon.

    2. Slice chives and set aside.

    3. In a small bowl, combine the hot BBQ sauce and maple syrup.

    2. Fill a deep pot to the 2 inch mark with oil. Heat to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Drop the batter by heaping tablespoons into the hot oil. Fry until browned on all sides, about three to four minutes. Drain on paper towel, top with BBQ sauce/syrup mixture and bonito. Serve hot.