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McDonald’s Gets it Right with the Spicy Korean Burger

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – It’s that time of year again when McDonald’s takes us around the world with their burgers. After the success of their inaugural Discover the World last year, we’re being treated to three new concoctions this year.

The only hint we got was that this year’s trifecta will be centred around Asia; and it all begins with the Spicy Korean Burger.

Can We Expect the Nasi Lemak Burger?

It doesn’t look likely, and we’re not surprised. While it’s a beloved food item in Singapore, it’s Malaysia’s national dish. Anyone can foresee that the level of scrutiny will be off the chain.
McDonald's - Nasi Lemak Burger - Spicy Korean Burger - Crisscut Fries - Frozen Fanta - Limited Edition - Discover the World
We got a chance to try it in Singapore, and we found that they did a good job of creating a burger that takes it’s inspiration from nasi lemak (A dish comprised of coconut rice, sambal, anchovies, and peanuts).
McDonald's - Nasi Lemak Burger - Spicy Korean Burger - Crisscut Fries - Frozen Fanta - Limited Edition - Discover the WorldWith a tender chicken patty that’s infused with coconut, you get the addictive hit of the sweetened savoury that we just love from the dish. Unfortunately, the sambal (spiced anchovy chilli sauce) that tops it had scarcely a hint of spice. Well, not by The Binge‘s standards anyway.

The Spicy Korean Burger

And that, we feel, is why the Spicy Korean Burger is the best bet for the local market. When they say spicy, they mean it. It knocks the Spicy Chicken McDeluxe out of the water on the Scoville scale. It’s not for the faint of tastebuds or stomach linings.
McDonald's - Nasi Lemak Burger - Spicy Korean Burger - Crisscut Fries - Frozen Fanta - Limited Edition - Discover the World We’ve heard murmurs of dissatisfaction, but we totally disagree with it all in terms of the burger’s flavour.
Between the charcoal bun, you’ll find a 100% kimchi-seasoned beef patty (we were assured by Managing Director, Azmir Jaafar, of McDonald’s himself) doused in a spicy Korean mayo-based sauce. It’s an explosion of flavour to light your tastebuds on fire.

Make It a Meal

At RM14 with taxes (USD3.27) for the a la carte burger, we were somewhat taken aback by the price of it. However, if you consider that the patty is 100% beef, sourced from New Zealand and Australia, you get an idea of the rationale for the price point.
We do believe it’s best to just opt for the meal, however.
McDonald's - Nasi Lemak Burger - Spicy Korean Burger - Crisscut Fries - Frozen Fanta - Limited Edition - Discover the WorldWe can only hope that the Criss-cut Fries will become a permanent menu offering because they’re just that good. Thinly sliced, they maintain their crisp bite far longer than the traditional fries McDonald’s serves up. We simply can’t get enough of them.
McDonald's - Nasi Lemak Burger - Spicy Korean Burger - Crisscut Fries - Frozen Fanta - Limited Edition - Discover the WorldFrozen Grape Fanta is the beverage pairing of choice, and we can’t think of a better accompaniment. The intensely sweet, icy hit cuts through the spice perfectly providing good balance to the meal. Plus, with this stifling heat wave KL is experiencing, we’d be hard pressed to find a better way to douse the inferno. – The Binge

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