Remember this day: August 4, the day Malaysians (or more specifically, those in the Klang Valley) can finally get their hands on our version of the Nasi Lemak Burger. After weeks of hearing about McDonald’s Singapore launching the Nasi Lemak Burger, the guys at myBurgerLab rose to the challenge and created their own interpretation: the Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang Burger. And knowing the ambitious and innovative founders of the local burger joint, it wasn’t enough that the end product matched what Singapore had. No; myBurgerLab’s version had to be bigger, better and different from what you’d get in a full-on plate of nasi lemak from Tanglin or Village Park – even if it meant not having a single grain of rice in the burger.
Managing Director of myBurgerLab, RenYi mentions in an interview with Esquire Malaysia that there were lots of requests for a rice bun, but the minds at myBurgerLab ‘feel it’s a little silly because a rice bun would make it technically still nasi lemak, just with hardened rice’, and that ‘a burger should be a bun’. Another typical nasi lemak side you won’t get is roasted peanuts; reason being ‘it’s just not structurally smart’ to have them in a burger. Their solution? A peanut butter base.
The main filling is a Thai-style fried chicken that’s topped with a rendang sauce to bring out the santan flavor, blended ikan bilis (‘whole ikan billis in a burger is a bad idea; you would stab the roof of your mouth’) and, of course, a fried egg. To cap it all off, there’s one ingredient that you wouldn’t find on a plate of nasi lemak: pickled cucumbers. You might scoff at the idea of a nasi lemak burger having a pickle, but RenYi has a perfectly good reason for this: ‘You need a little bit of sweetness, savoury flavours, cheesiness and, at the end of it, you need that acidity, and that’s where the pickle comes in.’
You can get the Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang Burger at all myBurgerLab outlets (Seapark, Sunway, OUG and Cyberjaya), and it’ll tentatively be available until August 31. Only 50 to 100 of these burgers will be sold at each outlet though, so don’t saunter in at closing time expecting to get your hands on one.
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