A Look at How Chinese Chefs are Re-imagining the Next New Burger
As an American who was practically born with a burger in his mouth, I was super excited when I received an invitation to try some of the new items that Monster Burger was looking to add to their menu, and I literally jumped at the opportunity to give my feedback to ensure we would have some more amazing new options to enjoy.
Being in China since 2006, I've had my fair share of less than adequate immitations of classic western dishes, so I'm always a bit wary when I hear a Chinese restaurant is taking a stab at them. I definitely wouldn't imagine that a few Chinese guys tucked away in a small hole in the wall on some random single lane side street, grilling at a converted Japanese teppanyaki place, would be able to do The Burger any real justice.
To be honest, a whole range of thoughts were going through my head when I first saw their new burger ideas... "don't use whole jalapenos, they should be sliced," "this burger needs cheese," and "this isn't right," to list a few. By the end of the tasting though... I was beginning to think that may be they were onto something.
Anyway, enough with the pleasantries, let's get down to the burgers...
1. The New Zealand Cheese Burger
If you're a fan of a really cheesy burger, you're going to want to try this one. The wagyu beef patties are not only smothered in caramelized onions and in what Monster Burger refers to as a "waterfall of cheese," but they are also resting on a bed of cheese as well!
2. The Mexico Jalapeno Burger
Of course, I had the most feedback to give regarding this burger as, although it was very tasty, it just didn't quite fit into my expectations of anything Mexican or American. We'll see if anything changes before it's put on the menu but at the time, the wagyu beef patty was topped with whole jalapenos, corn chips, nacho cheese, and a spicy salsa. Tasty, but very different.
3. The Yunnan Mushroom Burger
The burger is not only topped with mushrooms, there is actually a huge Yunnan mushroom resting beneath the wagyu beef patty as well. My initial reaction was that this isn't right. I imagine that anyone who loves mushrooms enough to enjoy this probably wouldn't appreciate the beef thrown in there. Monster Burger did say they will have a vegetarian version of this without the beef. Based on the feedback I heard from those that tried this (I refrained as I have a fear of eating mushrooms bigger than a burger patty), I imagine the vegetarian version of this will be extremely popular.
4. The German Wagyu Burger
This burger was phenomenal. The wagyu beef patties are topped with bacon, German sausages, and a dab of monster's secret mustard sauce. It was a bit dry at the tasting so I'm hoping they decide to add a bit more of their mustard sauce and an option to add cheese before they put it on the menu.
So when will these new burgers be available? They're still finalizing the details but they said they plan to have these ready to order on EatForCharity after October 5th. If you can't wait til then, you can always order any of the following currently available on their menu...
Big Monster Burger
This double cheeseburger comes with TWO 130g Australian Wagyu Beef patties topped with TWO slices of Cheddar Cheese EACH and bacon!
110g Australian Wagyu Beef patty topped with Bacon, TWO slices of Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, and Mayo.
Small Monster Burger
150g Australian Wagyu Beef patty topped with Bacon & TWO slices of Cheddar Cheese.
Double Cheese Beef Burger
Take a burger, stuff it with Cheddar Cheese! and what do you get?
You get a Burger includes Lettuce, Tomato, Fried Onions, and Monster's homemade spicy sauce, mount it on a bun
Classic Beef Burger
110g Australian Wagyu Beef patty topped with TWO slices of Cheddar Cheese! Burger includes Lettuce, Tomato, Onions, Pickles, Ketchup, and Mayo.
Hawaiian Beef Burger
110g Australian Wagyu Beef patty topped with Bacon & TWO slices of Cheddar Cheese, with a Pineapple Slice, Lettuce, Tomato, and Mayo.
Pan-Fried Chicken Burger
Smoked chicken breast, smothered in Caesar salad dressing, topped with lettuce and tomato.
Spicy Chicken Cutlet Burger
A spicy chicken cutlet with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.
Monster Burger has steadily been one of the most popular options on EatForCharity and are available for dine-in, pick-up, and delivery orders up to 5km.
If you go for dine-in and can't speak Chinese, don't worry, the EatForCharity QR Codes are there; which you can easily scan and place your order in English for them to bring to your table.
For those that don't prefer burgers, they also have various pasta dishes and snacks on the menu, as well as a decent selection of beers to choose from.
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