Created by local food expert KF Seetoh in 2016 for a hawker, the nasi lemak burger comes with wok-fried “lemak otah rice patties”.
This is essentially rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf and then shaped into a patty that’s deep fried.
Retailing at Hong Kong Street Old Chun Kee – a food truck located at Makansutra Gluttons Bay – , the burger comes with fried fish fillet, egg, peanuts, ikan bills (anchovies), cucumber and sambal chilli.
It is priced at $7.50 and available from now until end of August.
Mr Seetoh decided to bring back his version of the nasi lemak burger “due to overwhelming request”.
The food critic had earlier weighed in on McDonald’s version of the nasi lemak burger where he said at “minimum” the burger should have “crunchy ikan billis, crispy fish patty, fried egg, kacang(peanuts), cucumber and sambal sandwiched between two browned, otah coconut rice buns.”
In a Facebook post in 2016, he said “traditional food must evolve and be creative” adding that “it has to be within the perimeters of heritage.”
McDonald’s gone-from-the-menu nasi lemak burger consists 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.
Mr Seetoh’s version of the nasi lemak burger can be found at Hong Kong Street Old Chun Kee food truck located at Makansutra Gluttons Bay.
Makansutra Gluttons Bay is at 8 Raffles Avenue #01-15, Esplanade Mall. Opens from Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 2am; Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 3am; and from 4pm to 1am on Sunday.
Here’s how the burger is constructed:
Top image via KF Seetoh’s Facebook.