"The onion and cabbage add something special..."
It's a quiet night in a quiet neighborhood. A leafy, hilly area, with cosy little houses whose lights are starting to switch off one by one. (It is getting pretty late, after all.) It feels like Petaling Jaya. It looks like Petaling Jaya. But there is a hint of salt in the air. You're about 300 km away from Petaling Jaya. This is Tanjong Bungah, Penang.
Being so far away from home really gives you the munchies. My road trip partner and I are driving towards Feringghi looking for an appropriate roadside stall when we get a text telling us about an awesome burger van in Tanjong Bungah. Greasy goodness and ocean breeze? Wild horses couldn't keep us away.
This unnamed burger truck has been around these parts for about 30 years - yes, since the 1980s! The Australian RAF were in the area and were their main clientele until the army moved out in 1986. Now the truck sits on Jalan Sungai Kelian, down aways from the Esso station, across the road from the fruit stalls. They sell what appears to be run-of-the-mill street burgers, until you peer a little closer. A veritable mountain of fried onions and cabbage are on standby on the grill, and this, my friends, is what makes their burgers.
These burger commercials are sizzling hot! Some even bordering on x-rated, and this is why we love them. Burger lovin' has taken on a whole new meaning with these gorgeous women who show us just how to enjoy a thick juicy patty dripping in sauce (get your minds out of the gutter, or don't, either way you'll delight in these sexy ads).
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No burger is complete without a great side. While we do love and adore potatoes in any shape and form, sometimes you want to go a little beyond plain ol’ french fries from the bag. We whipped up some pretty awesome sides recently - just be careful that they don’t overshadow the burger! Red Cabbage & Green Apple Slaw
And here we thought our dear food editor Alexa P was just a little bit bonkers over burgers. Turns out she's not the only nutter around. We've rounded up a bunch of sites that showcase the love other people have for hamburgers. They've gone above and beyond the ordinary relationship...if these burgers were lovers, lets just say they'd be… More »
Ok, we'll admit to taking some liberties with the word burger. Here we attempted to recreate our favourite local dishes in burger form; meaning that we kept the main elements of a burger being a protein of some kind sandwiched between a carb with the possibility of it being eaten by hand. While these may not be actual burgers we think they're… More »
"The mother of all burgers!"
Today I met the mother of all burgers. This burger has every possible sinful delight packed on making it extremely fatty and rich, in other words it’s absolutely lip smackingly delicious. If you’re going to attempt to eat this however, a word of advice, share it with at least one other person.
The burger in question? The Dirty Nelly. A 300gm patty made up of not one, or two, but three different meats: pork, veal and lamb! Now if that hasn’t already sold you, the patty also has bacon bits, jalapeno peppers, and English cheddar buried within it, and then it is topped with bacon strips, mashed potatoes, and a fried egg. And then guess what? It gets even better…this monster of a burger is accompanied by a bowl of chilli con carne, crisp battered and fried white bait, potato wedges, and slaw. This burger just beckons for you to pick it up and devour it.
The patty here is meaty with the slight gaminess of the lamb shining through. The cheese submerged within makes an ooey gooey mess that gives the patty some moistness. The mashed potato on the top is certainly an interesting addition that oddly enough works, much like the addition of fries on burgers except for this has a creamier consistency. Being a fan of real bacon I’m thrilled to see a few strips lying on the patty giving it an additional dimension of naughtiness, and the fried egg with the runny yolk seals the deal. Runny yolk is liquid gold that elevates any dish to a whole new level.
Is there anything better than a thick juicy meat patty slapped between toasted buns? This is great treat all on its own or with a few additions here and there, but either way you'll have a hard time finding someone who can say no to a well-cooked burger. We've scoped out some of the best restaurants in the Klang Valley to indulge in a delicious… More »