The FIFA World Cup fever may be over but the innovation at McDonalds is not. Barely a week after the Beef Picante and Chicken Caramba are set to end their run on the menu, the Golden Arches is cooking up a couple more burgers, just in time for the 49th National Day celebrations next month:
Available from tomorrow (15 July) onwards, the Shiok Shiok Satay Burgers are here to celebrate Singapore’s rich (and shiok shiok!) flavour in the best way possible: through our stomachs! 😀
Instead of the traditional cheese, onions and ketchup mix, these burgers boast a very local mix of fresh onion slivers, cucumber slices and – get this – blended peanut sauce atop a succulent, juicy patty. Just like a stick of satay minus the stick and sandwiched between two light, toasted buns. How’s that for a local take on a classic American fast food item? 😉
To celebrate its upcoming launch, McDonalds and the Mc-lovin’ OMY Blog Club got together one rainy Friday night for a little taste test. 😀
We should have known, from the satay fans that were placed around our tables, what we were in for. But I guess the McD team were too good at keeping a secret, because it took us a couple of guesses before we settled on the correct flavour of their upcoming burgers.
(Or maybe we were just too hungry to think? Ah well, doesn’t really matter. :P)
Our first pick, the Shiok Shiok Beef Satay Burger, was a combination of 100% beef patty and said local mix sandwiched between two buns.
Though the main focus is, of course, the peanut sauce which we’ve all come to love and associate with satay, I thought it was the cucumber that made the most interesting part of the burger. Those fresh, chunky slices added a hint of sweetness and crunch that went quite well with the patty. 😀
The sauce, on the other hand, seemed to be concentrated in the centre. It didn’t quite meet my expectations of a “satay” burger; more like someone had decided to replace the ketchup with peanut sauce and nothing else. A tad disappointing, but interesting nonetheless if you’re a fan of the beef patty. 😀
The Shiok Shiok Chicken Satay Burger, on the other hand, is really worth the try (and calories!).
That tender, skinless chicken patty really made all the difference: two succulent chunks of chicken meat saturated with flavour in every bite. I’m not kidding. It’s as though the peanut sauce was entirely irrelevant with the chicken patty being so moist and savoury. McDonald’s certainly got it right this time round after listening to the feedback on their chicken patties. 😉
Though not entirely groundbreaking, the Shiok Shiok Satay Burgers are definitely an interesting new flavour to try when you’re looking for an alternative to the usual Big Macs and Filet-O-Fish. And hey, no fumbling with satay sticks when you’re done! 😀
And that’s not all; the Banana Pie (S$1) is back, along with the Strawberry McFizz (S$2.70) and 2pc Smokey Drumlets (S$2). How’s that for a National Day feast? 😀
Here’s a tip from the marketing team at McDonald’s: instead of chowing down that luscious mashed banana pie right away, let it chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours and you’ll have something in between a banana pie and an ice cream. Trust me, I tried this myself and it is hella yummy. 😉
In true Singaporean spirit, the team rounded up the event with a Singlish crossword puzzle. Surprisingly, I got first prize and won a Singlish Notebook. Hmm, dinner and a freebie! TGIF indeed. 😛
Kudos to McDonalds Singapore and OMY Blog Club for another enjoyable (and delicious!) event. 😀
Starting tomorrow, the new Shiok Shiok Satay Burger Extra Value Meal comes with Medium French Fries and a Small Coke at S$6.60. Ala carte burgers are available at S$5.50. So what are you waiting for? Get your cravings on! 🙂