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‘Doing us wrong with the half a cheese’: McDonald’s worker shows how the Filet-O-Fish is made in viral TikTok, sparking debate

'I wish more buns were steamed!!'


Cecilia Lenzen

Internet Culture

Posted on Jan 25, 2022   Updated on Jan 31, 2022, 1:59 pm CST

A viral TikTok shows how McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwiches are made—and how employees make the buns so soft.

The video was posted by TikTok user @essentialmcdonalds, an account with more than 393,000 followers that posts “anything you want to know from McDonald’s.”

The Filet-O-Fish footage came in response to a viewer’s comment on a previous TikTok asking, “Any chance you can show Filet-O-Fish? And why it’s bun is so soft.” The video garnered about 6.7 million views on TikTok as of Tuesday.

The footage shows a McDonald’s worker putting a Filet-O-Fish bun into a steamer, which he explained is why the bun is so soft. Each bun gets steamed for 11 seconds, he said. The Filet-O-Fish is the only sandwich that comes with steamed buns, which is likely why they feel different.

Then the worker showed how the Filet-O-Fish sandwich is assembled, pointing out that each sandwich only gets half a slice of cheese.

“I don’t know why they don’t do the full slice, but a half is how it’s supposed to be made,” the worker said.

TikTok viewers had divided opinions on both the half-slice of cheese and the Filet-O-Fish in general.

“Actually i think the half piece of cheese is right. I want to taste the fish, not the cheese,” one viewer commented on the video.

Another viewer disagreed, saying, “Doing us wrong with the half a cheese @mcdonalds.”

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Cheese aside, one viewer couldn’t believe that customers actually order the Filet-O-Fish.

“People actually order that…” they commented.

Several viewers defended the menu item though, claiming that it’s extremely underrated and overhated.

“Filet o fish overhated,” one user wrote. Another said, “Yo the filet o fish is actually super underrated.”

Someone else commented, “why does everyone hate on the fish fillet. bro I feel like I’m the only one that fw it.”

One viewer thanked @essentialmcdonalds for the video, adding, “I wish more buns were steamed!!”

According to the TikToker’s response, customers can always ask for the bun on any sandwich to be steamed.

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TikTok user @essentialmcdonalds did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment via TikTok comment. The Daily Dot also reached out to McDonald’s.

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*First Published: Jan 25, 2022, 3:43 pm CST