BY CK LAM
Burger joints have been around Penang for decades but over the last year the number has increased significantly. Presently the island offers many places for burgers prepared with delicious fresh meat, homemade sauce and selected buns from bakeries.
ROADSIDE BURGER TRUCK
Jalan Sungai Kelian
Business Hour: 7pm till late
One of the island’s pioneer crowd pullers is perhaps the roadside burger truck in Jalan Sungai Kelian in Hillside Tanjung Bungah. This old take-away place which operates only at night for more than 30 years, has been offering delicious burgers.
The burger comes with a choice of chicken or beef and standard items such as cheese, egg and ketchup. A favourite ingredient is sauteed onions which has a comforting texture and sweet taste.
The burger is nicely wrapped and is served without fries.
HAMBURGER INC PENANG
546C Jalan Tanjung Bungah
Tel: 012 4801229
Business Hour: 6pm to 12am
Joining the burger boom is Hamburger Inc Penang, a stall in the compound of a bakery in Tanjung Bungah. Customers can dine at the open air outdoor area equipped with plastic tables and chairs.
Tuck into ostrich, beef and chicken burgers that come with fresh choices of bamboo charcoal bun, English muffin, multi grain bun and poppy seed bagel. All the burger sets comes with a side of addictive thick cut curried French fries.
Burger lovers with a big appetite should opt for The Hamburger which is prepared with several ingredients. The burger has a nice, juicy 160gm grilled beef patty in barbecue sauce, homemade pickles, chicken ham, mushroom, crispy onion, cheddar cheese and fried egg. There is also an option of several side dishes such as cheese, onion rings, curried French fries and fried egg.
Hock Kheng Coffee Shop (opposite Perkeso building)
226A Jalan Burma
Tel: 017 5143253
Business Hour: 6.30pm till 11.30pm
Closed on Sunday
Andy Warlord in the busy junction of Jalan Burma & Lebuhraya Codrington in Pulau Tikus offers a variety of burgers with unique names like Tauren, Raider, Grunt, Shaman, Kodo Beast and Blade Master. The menu consists of handmade patties and choices include the crispy chicken, 100 per cent Australian beef pattie and battered fish fillet.
The patties are grilled on a cast iron pan and customers are given a choice of buns — English muffin or bagel.
The burgers have all the standard ingredients consisting of lettuce, tomato and onions. The poppy seed bagel made with beef is slathered in barbecue sauce with a hearty blend of spices. Be sure to prepare some serviettes for the sauces that tend to seep out.
Prices range from RM6 and add-ons are charged extra.
THE LITTLE BIG BURGER CAFE
14 Nagore Road
Tel: 016 6835911
Business Hour: 5.30pm – 10:30pm
The burgers at The Little Big Burger Cafe aren’t just about traditional beef burgers. Located in Nagore Road, the cafe is pulling in business with its creative offerings such as the Philly Smoke Salmon Burger, Samurai Burger, Kimchess Burger and the Sequoia Burger.
The Philly Smoke Salmon Burger is priced at RM16.80. The burger consists of a bamboo charcoal bun with Philly sauce, salmon, peach, sour cream and dill, iceberg lettuce and tomatoes. The peach and tomato flavour and the Philly sauce are delicious and go well with the salmon. If you add-on thick cut fries and a drink, it costs an extra RM6.
This seafood style burger will be appreciated by those who don’t like meat.
Philly Smoke Salmon Burger
SONNENTOR REAL FOOD
Lot/Unit No 3A-G-13D Block A
Ground floor Straits Quay
Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang
Business Hour: 10am to 10pm Daily
At this meat-free outlet, go for the Portobello Herbs Burger. The burger comes with organic lettuce, homemade soy mayonnaise and portobello mushrooms coated in herbs and crunchy batter which is deep-fried in organic sunflower and sesame seed oil.
The burger is priced at RM26.80 and is served with organic raw dehydrated vegetable chips.
* This is a reproduction of my article published in New Straits Times