Malaysians challenge McDonald’s Singapore’s Nasi Lemak Burger – and there are other versions too

Who will win the battle of the Nasi Lemak Burger?
Twitter/myBurgerLab

If you didn’t get the chance to try Singapore’s new favourite burger before it sold out, you might want to consider going across the border.

That’s because myBurgerLab, a Malaysian burger joint based in Kuala Lumpur, has unveiled the Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang Burger – and sparked an online war between the two neighbouring countries in the process.

Adding fire to the burger rivalry, a tweet with a picture of the new burger was posted last Friday (Jul 28), accompanied by the text: “Dear Singapore, nice try but…”.

 Featuring a fried chicken patty nestled between two charcoal-coloured buns, the burger is coated with sambal sauce, features japanese pickled cucumbers, peanut butter to represent peanuts in Nasi Lemak, and bonito flakes to represent the flavour of anchovies.

Topped with a sunny-side up egg, the surprising twist incorporates rendang sauce, which supposedly represents the coconut flavour of the rice.

Spurred by the disappointed response of locals because Malaysia’s McDonald’s didn’t carry the Nasi Lemak burger, myBurgerLab decided to coincide the launch of their burger with Malaysia’s national day (Aug 31) – despite having the recipe three years ago.

Due to the overwhelming popularity however, the company has announced that the burger will be available “a lot earlier than promised” on Aug 4.

“We actually had this recipe since three years ago, but we decided not to launch it because we felt it was a boring product,” the spokesman said in a Channel NewsAsia report.

“We thought: ‘Why would you eat a nasi lemak burger when you can have nasi lemak?’

The one question everyone seems to be asking though, is this: “Where is the nasi (rice)?”

So if Malaysia’s challenge to the Nasi Lemak burger isn’t the answer for you, here are two other burgers Singapore has – both with actual rice.

Nasi Lemak Burger @ Makansutra Gluttons Bay ($7.50) 

Created by local food guru KF Seetoh in 2016 for a hawker, this burger will be available until the end of August at Makansutra Gluttons Bay to celebrate National Day.

Although it comes with rice, note that it’s missing the essential deep fried chicken wing so here’s another option for those who aren’t satisfied with this version.

The Beast Nasi Lemak Burger ($20) 

Available till the end of August , this beast of a burger will set you back $20 but the restaurant/bar has a special package that will allow you to try their other local-inspired dishes like the beef rendang cheese fries.

Curious about what the McDonald’s version, which sparked the recent craze, was all about but missed getting your hands on one? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.