If you search for Justin Roiland, co-creator of Rick & Morty, on one of those “celebrity net worth” sites, it’ll tell you he’s worth somewhere in the ballpark of $2 million.
Those sites tend to round up, which means Roiland probably doesn’t actually have $2 million. But that’s beside my point. If capitalism in this country really works the way it’s supposed to, then the architects of Rick & Morty — especially the dude who voices both titular characters, and is therefore essential to the show’s production — should be worth way more than $2 million.
If everything was right with the world, Roiland would have the cash and influence to call up McDonald’s corporate headquarters and demand they make him a personal supply of Szechuan Sauce. But he doesn’t have those things.
Luckily, one top-ranking McDonald’s employee recognized this problem, and did what he could to rectify it.
Holy shit. pic.twitter.com/vNEIfHTmNU
— Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) July 30, 2017
On Saturday, Roiland tweeted out images of a jug and letter he received from a gentleman who identified himself as “Chef Mike” — which could refer to McDonald’s Chef Mike Lingo, although Business Insider suspects it’s actually Chef Michael Haracz. This “Chef Mike” acquired at least one jug of Szechuan sauce, and apparently took it upon himself to get it into Roiland’s possession.
“We finally did it. It took months, but we’ve finally brought back some Szechaun Sauce,” says Chef Mike in the letter, according to Nerdist’s writeup.
“We’ll spare you the physics, but turns out, Dimension C-1998M is a dimension where it’s always 1998. 1998 every day. No smartphones, no social media. It’s a weird, scary place. But [McDonald’s has] Szechuan Sauce on the regular menu.”
We don’t want to baselessly accuse Chef Mike of making a bunch of shit up about hopping around dimensions, ‘cos if any corporation on Earth has the technology to bend space-time, it’s McDonald’s.
But an industrious DIY chef on YouTube who goes by “Binging with Babish” speculates that McDonald’s Szechaun sauce might just be two parts McDonald’s Sweet and Sour sauce, one part McDonald’s Tangy Barbecue. If he’s right, anybody who feels like it could yank some sweet and sour and BBQ packets from their nearest McDonald’s franchise and make Szechuan sauce in their very own kitchen without a problem.
Babish also offers some ideas for more sophisticated Szechuan sauce, for those of us with hankerings for Mulan-related snack accesorires and time on our hands.