One day working in McDonald's

October 15, 2009 in Commercial Break

When i twittered that i was waking up early to work in the fast food chain, Keju replied, “What are you doing in there? Are you working as a cheese?”


Anyway. Thanks to McDonald’s, i had an impressive experience working in the McDonald’s outlet at The Curve. Well, half a day. Because i was smart and hardworking, i got to finish early and rest! 😀

8:00AM Wake up, make up (McDonald’s staff must be presentable and cute).

9:00AM Drive to designated McDonald’s outlet.

9:30AM Reached my work place. And was treated to yummy breakfast!

Delicious breakfast!

10:00AM Meet the manager of the outlet. Then take body temperature.

mcd7 by you.

Apparently, because of the whole AH1N1 thing, every member of staff will have to go through a temperature check to make sure they are healthy!

10:03AM Getting the badge.

mcd16 by you.

I’m certified cool. 😀

10:04AM Briefing

10:15AM Start work!

I was actually very very nervous as i felt like i was 17 again working part time in some push cart dim sum place being super clumsy– served empty Lo Mai Kai to my customers and always dropped things FML. (But now to think of it it’s really some funny fond memories!)For a brief moment i felt like chickening out!!!

The trainer and staff in Mc Donald’s were so patient with me even though i made like a cheezillion blunders. (I think McDonald’s had the most amount of food wastage that particular day thanks to me. :S)

10:16AM Get familiarized with the equipment

So colorful!

I realized McDonald’s is super organized and systematized!  The raw ingredients can only be kept maximum 4 hours a day, and they perform compulsory food safety checks twice a day to make sure everything is properly cooked. (Certain food have to achieve a certain temperature, for example the beef patty must be 155°F.)

mcd13 by you.

Wow. I am bag. I am box. I am tray. Great. Simple and clear! 😀

mcd10 by you.

They have different tools for each food. So you cant use a fish kiap kiap to pick up a beef patty.

Transparent glove is for cooked food, and blue glove is for raw food. For the transparent gloves, you need to change a new pair every one hour! As for the blue gloves, you use it once and they are to be thrown away! O.o

mcd2 by you.

You also need to check the quality of oil everyday. 🙂

10:45AM Change Menu

At this time everyday, the staff are getting busy because they have to change the breakfast menu to the regular menu.

mcd5 by you.

Brekkie is over!

11:00AM Learn how to greet the customers!

“Hello welcome to Mc Donald’s!”

12:00 Noon Hands on experience

Studying burgers!

Know where to keep the porridge warm!

12:15PM Fry fries

12:45PM: Fry nuggets

1:00PM OMG BIG TASK! I had to prepare a set meal!

mcd8 by you.

Step 1: Fry Fillet-O-Fish. (Must remember to drain for 7 seconds before putting it on the tray!)

mcd9 by you.

Step 2: Slot it into designated warmer!

Step 3: Heat the buns!

Then comes my FAVORITE PART of course!!!

Step 4: Put a slice of cheeeeeeeeeeeese!

Step 5: Pouring tartar sauce.

Step 6: Place the Fillet-O-Fish on the bun.

And… DONE!



Ze End.



Oh wait. Watch this short video clip:

Ooooomg you won’t believe it.

This whole working in Mc Donald’s thing, is like playing the real Nintendo Cooking Mama. I swear.

Every single tasked is timed and evaluated!

For example, from the time an order appears on the screen, you have exactly 25 seconds to prepare the correct buns. It’s damn kancheong one!!!

Also, do you know that the cooked fries can be only kept maximum 7 minutes? If there isn’t any order within that 7 minutes, they will be thrown away. Rest assured that you can have the freshest fries!

Seriously it is like playing Cooking Mama but 100X the nervewrecking! (the difference is that, when you screw up, you can’t exactly like, try again. T_T)

I am now a fully, professionally trained potential McDonald’s Employee. If Nuffnang fire me, i can go to work in McDonald’s liao.

No la.

I don’t think i even qualify T_T

I realized two things you need to have before you apply for any vacancy at the outlet.

1. Extremely strong arms. To shake the fries.

2. Super Cooking Mama skill.

I am serious. Chances are, if you score high in Cooking Mama, you will prolly ace in working there too.

After this experience, i was super mega ultra impressed with the staff in Mc Donald’s. I don’t know how they can be so damn prompt, alert and efficient. I totally major fail dot com.

I really really respect the people working there. I promise next time i will be less grumpy ordering food when i’m dead hungry.

Because it is really no easy job.



Also, check out McD Facebook Fan page about the McD Coke Glass promotion that is going on right now!

117 responses to “One day working in McDonald's”

  1. jolene says:

    how i wished i was served by you.. just joking..

    great job for a pretty lady!

  2. JD says:

    Looks really really fun! Hmm…maybe I can consider making a career change! 😉

  3. yumii says:

    McD’s staffs are always nice! I remember once when i was in form4/5, my frens and i went to the mcD near our sch. we were waiting for so long and we were quite the loud chatters, the manager came up to us and asked us if we would like to tour mcD behind the scene!

    😀 it was fun!!! some other times they offered us small cup of cokes too when we were waiting for the food! 😈

  4. Jess says:

    I never know MCD is so professional , clean and healthy (per se, like throwing away the cooked fries after 7 mins) Eye opening to me at least ! See writing advertorial is not that bad after all….you are the medium to transfer all information to us effectively & interestingly! Now at least IF i am going to MCD, I am rest assured their quality of food is of TOP QUALITY. Anyhow fast food is fattening

  5. Tan Yee Hou says:

    weiii never tell us you’re working there one! can give you all my rm1 notes heehee.

  6. Hayley says:

    I bet the experience will be nice! working at McD for a day…

  7. szu says:

    I have seen your other video, so funny, i guess the first time at any new job is most awkward for some of us haha… 💡

  8. annant says:

    must be a great working experience huh!
    it’s only one day, impossible to add it in resume hor?

  9. KY says:

    I actually worked for McD for 2 months when I was 16, and that was enough french fries for the next 10+ years 😛

  10. itry says:

    you should be wearing a cap all the time when you are on duty, guess they treat you special. 😉

  11. asstha says:

    at first i was wondering y ur thank u 2 McD so fast one… til i replayed n paused… thank u 2 urself hahahaha… :dunno: so kiut
    saw ur tweet dat day n was wondering which outlet u wer at buddenah… normally weekdays I try to stay off fast food cos weekends mostly if I’m all alone I’d jz go out 2 d Centrepoint drive through to grab a quick bite…
    oh n hats off to u… n a quick pat on d back… everytime I see the hustle n bustle goin around in McD I stress oh… dun tink if I ever lose my job dat I will consider working der… not cos I think I too atas… jz dat… scared I screw up… 🙁
    McD is by far my most favourite fastfood outlet compared to d rest (altho BK is aso not bad) but the worse service I tell u is KFC… especially the Sunway branch… everytime I go there I feel like tearing my hair out… gimme McD’s anytime… n now thanks 2 ur insight at working there I now know they take so many measures to ensure the ermmm… cleanliness of our food… now I know why McD has the BESTEST fries… !!!

    • cheesie says:

      ya lo!!! i really salute the people who work there. it’s really quite fast-paced and stressful one! everything has to be so on time!

      I hate queuing up at KFC -_-

  12. xes says:

    aiyak wheres your McD outfit!

  13. Stephoney says:

    u reminded me my 1.5 years working experience in O’Connor, Perth Maccassss!
    Miss it heaps!

  14. jaecywong says:

    omg… =-= i’m working in australia mcD at the moment n yehhh looks similar LOL all the equipments are the same!! +_+ but in aussie very lepak la.. those transparent gloves can wear up to 2 hours like tat.. LOL wat wtf is check quality of the oil? no such thing in aussie… waa n i just realized the mcd menu in msia has black background.. coolll

  15. LingDi says:

    Haha.. Then it shouldn’t be a problem for me coz’ I always score in Cooking Mama.. Haha:)

  16. tzia says:

    you will look really cute if you are in McD outfit!

  17. Alan W. says:

    You forgot the hairnet!

  18. Gin says:

    eh u suddenly very cute lo. wtf. looks so much younger all of a sudden. what did u do!!! rarw! ->

  19. xueni says:

    can i have extra cheese on my fillet? 😛
    so much funn lehh!!
    but i think i will make a mess out of it.

    & you really do look good with nude make-up;
    ohh, & really look like some college students, doing a part-time.

    😈 😈 😈 😉

  20. hitomi says:

    Do you only serve one customer LOL??
    Hee, this is a special advert!!

  21. kimi_ says:

    nice post…

    But i wonder all the outlets will do the same, sometimes the french fries are cold and soggy like one hour after being fry… i think some outlets may not follow it.

  22. Lisa Cheah says:

    I use to be McDonalds biggest fan, until I saw this Youtube video.
    Haven’t been to McDonalds since. 🙁

    • cheesie says:

      actually doesn’t look too bad to me. there was once i watch a video about the geese meant for foiegras, i almost puked. i almost made me wanna give up the yummy liver. but just almost. liver is too yummy to give up.

  23. wow thanks for the great insight! im impressed about the way they organise their food in mcdonalds. haha u looked like u had fun!

  24. caihong says:

    i also wan work in mCd d after stpm haaha

  25. Huai Bin says:

    It looks like so much fun! T_T

    I’ve always wanted to work in McDonald’s (for a day or a weekend la, not for life) coz I love McDonald’s stuff.

    Cheesie, make me a Big Mac with extra cheese and special sauce!! 😉

  26. sarah says:

    What is this cooking mama that i read everywhere T__T I wanna play also but is it only for Nintendo ar..Do they have it in Playstation version?

    Last time (many years ago) I used to work in a fast food joint also damn tiring..But got free meal everyday! 😆

  27. Geok Kee says:

    Really nice experience, never think that one day working in McD can be so interesting.

    p/s: Actually I visited your blog previously, that time never think that you’re the one I know before. Once Heng Yaw mentioned about you then only I realised. OMG! You’re so much prettier right now…

  28. jamie says:

    your other video 😳 too much flesh… feels inappropriate with all the malays arnd u la

  29. Grace says:

    this is the best commercial hahahaha

  30. MinnYDinO says:

    no wonder the staffs were munching the cooked fries while the customers were looking last time when i visited McD, because since the fries can only be kept for 7 minutes but not much customers at that time so instead of throwing them away, they…

  31. Jillian says:

    very convincing ad that mcdonald is so systematic and most importantly hygenic. Really opened my eyes! 😀

  32. vvens says:

    huh! why so syok can get to work in Mcd for a day one! wo ye yao! 😀

  33. yeelin says:

    so they replaced the oil on a daily basis, does it means morning food is ‘fresher’? because new oil ma… 😐

  34. azra says:

    whoa! i love this post very much! such an informative post.

  35. David says:


    What an interesting day you had at Mickey Ds’.

    Way back in the previous century I worked at the local Mc Ds while in highschool.

    While the staff had to be clean looking, our staff was average, not very cute.
    Now if you had been working there….

    ….nah, not the time for day dreaming.

    (8:00AM Wake up, make up (McDonald’s staff must be presentable and cute).

    You are right Mc Ds is very organized. You had to shake shakes with your arms!!!
    Even when I worked at Mc Ds they had shake mixing machines.
    Porridge must be popular in Malaysia, we never had that.

    I’ ll date myself here, when I worked at Mc Ds they did not have a breakfast menu, that was years away.

    Great photos and a wonderful story of your day!


    • cheesie says:

      haha u also work in McD before!!! wonder what other names people call it? Mickey D is a first for me.

      • David says:


        Remember who and where Mickey Mouse was created.

        American’s love creating nicknames for popular products.

        White Castle is a brand of inexpensive fast burgers that has been around for longer than McDs. The burgers at White Castles are small sometimes greasy and have over time been called “gut bombs”.

        One thing I have noticed that American fast food in different countries, Malaysia, Japan, China, Philippines among a few always have unique items that would never be seen here in the states. Like the porridge you handled!


  36. christine says:

    im not so sure about the 7 mins fries.i bought mcd from an ipoh outlet around midnight and the fries are soggy 😯

  37. Grace Oon says:

    YAY I *HEART* THIS POST! One of the best advertorial ever 😉

    I have to agree with Jolene, I wanna be served by you haha! Never tell when/where you work, would have made a pit stop 😆

    Anyway great pics! How come no credits to the photo/video kuli? 😛

  38. Elle Zhang says:

    Mmmm… I want a Fillet-o-Fish. I miss Malaysian McDonalds! It’s just yummier. Palm oil maybe?

  39. lih wern says:

    sry but i can’t buy cause i don’t have the card thing. same with the white dress so i cant buy any of your clothes. 🙁 sorry.

  40. Tian Chad says:

    No free breakfast given to you? 😀

  41. maRCus says:

    wow.. ringgo.. you get to do the bestest things.. and look bestest doing it too!! =P

  42. WP says:

    Wow, looks like fun…a hands-on tour of McDonalds! But fun for one day only la 😛

    By the way, was the breakfast just for you or is it for all the workers?

  43. Lee Boon says:

    your header shows a major resemblance to Ju-on!! or maybe you just look like a main character of horror movies! its born in you! you go girl!

  44. mell says:

    why mcd msia so fun one. i dont think sg one got like this.

  45. onefourever says:

    nice post 😈
    by the way, r u going to changes for your layout?the theme is nice but the side bar are up and down far too long..
    Quite confusing sometimes

  46. abraxis says:

    Mc Spicy! Awesomeness! And naturally, in the fat USA, cannot get! Ppl here dun like dark meat or spicy…

  47. alvis says:

    your blog layout is a failure dot com

    so many images are not position well(cheesie’s wardrobe), not large enough (twitter)

    fire your designer get xiaxue’s, hers has done a great job and since the layout is of not much differences, i suppose it will be great on yours too

  48. vialentino says:

    i cant believe u work part time there….is it a McD ads?

  49. chriso says:

    eh did you gain weight or was it McD’s 😛

  50. David says:


    Porkie points out that White Castle pulled out of Malaysia 20 years ago.

    Gee whiz, we need a photo of 5 year old cheesie to picture you as a cute little girl.

    If you do visit the U.S.A. in the future, prepare to be underwhelmed by White Castle.

    Then again, there is a very eclectic variety of food fare available in most cities.
    Thai, JP, Chinese, and a great deal of Asian fusion cooking.


  51. han says:

    You look so different back then, ordinary to extraordinary, and now married!!!

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