Li Ann returned to hometown Penang for our most momentous elections yet and decided to try something new apart from her usual favourites. A quick search saw a proliferation of self-styled pork burger stalls, each with their own signature taste. The pork street burger craze did hit KL before but the trend eventually died down, relegating pork burgers to more premium offerings at specialist restaurants. In Penang, however it's thriving...
Ditch your conscience and get The Complete Dayummnation...
358 Jalan Dato Keramat, George Town, Pulau Pinang
Tel: 016- 491 6644
Friday - Sunday 20:00 - 00:00
Bang for the buck, super juicy pork burger.
Expect a bit of waiting if there's a crowd
This stall is run by three friends. Located in a kopitiam, one handles the grill, the second fries up the eggs/bacon and toasts buns while the third takes orders, assembles the burgers and delivers it to hungry tables. There weren't too many patrons when I came about but I put my skepticism aside and ordered the works (single patty, bacon, cheese and egg). Looking back, I realised on that night there was a huge ceramah at Esplanade so that could be the reason for the lack of customers. Don't matter, it didn't take long for my precious package to arrive.
What hit me was the freaking size! It wasn't huge, it was GINORMOUS. I could barely hold it in one hand. As I unwrapped it, the appetizing waft of grilled porky goodness hit me and I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into it. But oh oh, how to eat it? Times like this I wished I was a python so i could disengage my jaw and wolf down the sucker but alas, I tried my best to attack this fat piggy. One bite, and I was hooked. Hubby had to literally wrestle it from my clutches. We were like 2 ravenous carnivores trying to get a share of the prize.
10 minutes later, the massacre was over. The verdict? Pork nirvana, baby! The patty was well marinated, so thick and juicy. The bacon wasn't too crispy, just nicely fried to lend a slight salty savouriness without outshining the star i.e. the pork patty. The cheese was nicely melted over the patty, lending a subtle richness to the burger and the crunch of raw onions was refreshing. I love the raisin bun, it absorbs the meat juices and remains crusty without falling apart. The raisins lend a sweet finish after each bite. My only minor gripe was the egg could be a little runnier and the commercial ketchup/chilli sauce was unnecessary, plus caramelised onions would have been nice. Nevertheless, I went to bed stuffed and happy.
The next night, I was itching for more. This time being the eve of GE, the humble stall was enjoying brisk business and it took a while for my order to arrive. The moment that piping hot package arrived, I took a minute to visually devour it. Then within 5 minutes, it was gone! The worst part was I wanted another one! I feel like an addict who just had another fix. A quick chat with Morgan Ramanchandram reveals that him and his partners Ian Lim and Lam Khai Hong started serving their awesome patties at their own house parties. As their friends raved about it, the idea to commercialise their wares started after they noticed the boom of pork burger stalls in Penang.
Morgan is quick to stress that the star is definitely their big, juicy, tasty patties with everything else playing a supporting role. Patties are grilled on a gas powered BBQ to ensure better temperature control. Sauces and seasonings are also minimal as they want their customers to really savour the meatiness of their patties. But for those who prefer their burgers more 'saucy', a homemade signature sauce is in the works. As the business is just barely 2 months old, they are happy to accept feedback and tweak their recipes along the way. Also in the pipeline are new menu items like pork chop, chicken chop and beef which are still in the testing stage. But they are in no rush to expand as quality always come first before quantity.
For now, the guys are contented to keep their day jobs in IT and fire up the grill on weekends. But if you're got a weekday craving, fret not. Call Morgan and he'll try his best to get some delivered to your door. Now that's what I call service!
Last but not least, I must say these guys have quite a cool name for their business. Say it with me, DAYUMM burger... say wha??!! Yep, you heard me right. It may seem rude to some, but I like its rebellious/naughty tone. And I recommend only the burger with the works (named Complete Dayummnation). Why skimp when you can have the Complete Dayummnation for a mere RM9.50. And if you wanna keep it family friendly without denying the kiddies these awesome burgers, just pronounce it DA YUMM with a space
Whatever you call it, DAYUMM gets my vote hands down! Writing this makes me wanna drive up to Penang again for that mindblowing taste of awesomeness. Hot Dayumm!