Going by the reactions on social media, if there’s one meal you ought to have this week, it is McDonald’s newly launched Nasi Lemak burger.
As Singapore’s National Day nears, the fast food giant has launched a special menu and it is inspired by local favourites such as nasi lemak, bandung and chendol.
The menu, launched on Thursday (13 July) in conjunction with the Singapore Food Festival 2017, is only available for a limited time.
Popular breakfast meal
Commonly eaten for breakfast in Singapore and Malaysia, a traditional Nasi Lemak dish comes with fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf. It is typically served with fried egg, cucumber, ikan bilis (anchovies) and sambal chilli which is the crucial portion of the dish.
The burger version of Nasi Lemak from McDonald’s (S$5.95 a la carte or from $7.80 in an Extra Value Meal) consists of coconut-flavoured chicken thigh patty coated with cornflakes, fried egg, caramelised onions, cucumber slices topped off with sweet and spicy sambal and is served between semolina buns.
Netizens are absolutely digging it.
The Nasi Lemak Burger is actually very, very nice.
— A palace maid (@ToxicConsort) July 13, 2017
Nasi lemak burger is seriously good 😍 why isn’t it a rice burger instead! Put it on the permanent menu! pic.twitter.com/TQ17eSzhA8
— でろ〜ん (@omnomnomU) July 13, 2017
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Oh this is good! @mcdsg today launched the Nasi Lemak #Burger for National Day! The chicken patty is infused with rich #coconut aromas and is coated with cornflakes for extra crispiness. There's no nasi (rice) here but the flavours are all there along with #sambal, fried #egg and cucumber slices. #mcdsg #nasilemakburger
Where’s the nasi (rice)?
Prominent local food expert KF Seetoh has weighed in on the burger. He said at “minimum” a nasi lemak burger should have “crunchy ikan billis, crispy fish patty, fried egg, kacang (peanuts), cucumber and sambal sandwiched between two browned, otah coconut rice buns.”
He also added that it used to be sold off a food truck at Gluttons Bay located at Raffles Avenue next to Esplanade Mall.
And he has asked for votes if this version should make a comeback during National Day.