McDonald’s Singapore ups the local flavour by turning nasi lemak into a burger – and it looks legit

McDonald’s Singapore’s Nasi Lemak Burger

Attention, fellow Singaporeans!

If you love food – which Singaporean doesn’t? – this is a very important announcement for you: Your favourite breakfast of nasi lemak is now a burger.

You heard right.

McDonald’s Singapore announced today (July 12) that it will launch an all new series of locally-inspired food items including a Nasi Lemak Burger, Bandung McFizz, and a range of chendol and pandan-flavoured desserts and drinks.


The limited-time menu will be launched on July 13 in conjunction with the Singapore Food Festival (SFF), which runs from July 14 to July 31 this year.

“We have given a modern twist to familiar local favourites which includes the ‘Nasi Lemak’ Burger – and hope Singaporeans will be thrilled to unravel the local flavours in our exciting menu line-up, as we come together to celebrate National Day soon,” said Agatha Yap, senior director of marketing, menu and digital innovation at Hanbaobao, the company licensed to operate McDonald’s here.

Singapore celebrates its national day on Aug 9 each year.

McDonald’s teased in a statement today that its new burger will contain a “juicy chicken thigh patty” which is “rich in aromatic coconut flavours and coated with cornflakes crunch for an extra crispy finish”.

Like any respectable nasi lemak dish, the new burger ($5.95) will contain a fried egg, sambal sauce and crunchy cucumber slices. If McDonald’s does this right, its Nasi Lemak Feast, which includes a Nasi Lemak Burger, Coconut Pie and Bandung McFizz, could be Singapore’s best fast food meal yet.

McDonald’s Nasi Lemak Feast

And because we love our coconut-flavoured desserts, the restaurant chain is also releasing chendol-flavoured McFlurry ($3), coconut pie ($1.20), Chendol Melaka ice-creams ($1 to $1.20).

Chendol McFlurry

Chendol Melaka Twist

Coconut Pie

Its McCafe outlets will also launch the Pandan Coco Frappé ($4.60) and Kueh Salat Cake ($5) for a limited time.

Pandan Coco Frappe

Kueh Salat Cake

Judging from McDonald’s previous limited-time launches – Golden Prosperity Burger (yum!) Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Burger (not so yum) – we’re not sure what to expect when the new menu drops tomorrow.

We can only hope McDonald’s doesn’t put the nation’s favourite breakfast dish to shame.