Another foodie post

In contrast to the vulgar excessiveness portrayed in Super Size Me, let readers take heart that Swensen's in Singapore serves teriyaki chicken burgers that are roughly the size of a Mos Burger burger. While it's encouraging that not all fast food/American food chains are forcefeeding their customers, this still begs the question why Swensen's charges $10.90, when Mos Burger charges only about $6 for the equivalent (fries included). The MOS burger version is tastier too.

I know, I know --- my fault for eating dinner at a place that started out as an ice cream joint. In my own defence, dining choices were rather slim at the airport last night.

For the record, I'm still on the great hunt for Good American Burgers in Singapore. While most Singaporeans can offer authoritative suggestions on where to get good char kway teow, olua, wan ton mee or nasi lemak, I have yet to track down a Good American Burger. My research thus far stands at:
  • Blooie's --- Meat patties are too thin and, the last time I tried them, just a litle overdone.
  • Brewerkz --- Tasty, certainly, but not tasty enough. Also, the portion's a little too large.
  • Charlie's Corner --- Juicy meat patties, but the burger's a little spartan in terms of veggie accessories. I also never seem to be able to finish the last few mouthfuls, even though it doesn't look that large.
  • Seah Street Deli --- Edible, but not tasty, and with a strong tendency to fall apart in one's hands before the entire burger can be consumed. In sum: mediocre, like the rest of their menu.
I suspect that my search will come to naught, not because there are no Good American Burgers to be had in Singapore, but because nothing will ever come close to the compact yet tasty freshly grilled burgers that Julian and I ate so many of, ensconced in a cosy, unpretentious booth at Yesterday's every other Sunday night or so in university. Yesterday's isn't even there anymore, so I can't even count on that when I next make a pilgrimage back to my alma mater.

So much for the hunt for a Good American Burger. Maybe I'll get Sprite to post the results of her great reconnaissance of the local iced lemon tea landscape next.


At 7/22/2004 1:43 pm , Blogger Agagooga said...

Billy Bombers?

Count me in on your quest! I can try out American Milkshakes!

At 7/22/2004 9:11 pm , Blogger ragingyoghurt said...

no, i don't think it is possible to find a good western burger in singapore, but why would you have to, when you could have a mos yakiniku rice burger?? oh how i descend into a drooling mess.

At 7/23/2004 12:15 am , Blogger Tym said...

I love Mos Burger, but they don't serve real burger burgers.

I haven't been to a Billy Bombers in several years. Agagooga --- we should go check out their burgers and milkshakes. Oh, and fyi, Colbar is good for many things, but milkshakes are not one of them.

At 7/23/2004 12:17 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 7/23/2004 12:18 am , Blogger Ondine said...

Hard Rock? Plus it's got good sweetened Iced lemon tea. :)

At 7/23/2004 10:42 am , Blogger Agagooga said...

You haven't been to Billy Bombers recently?

OMG you don't know what you're missing!

Their milkshakes are folded, not blended. I think I've tried 3/4 of the flavours


At 7/23/2004 11:45 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...


best american burger joint imho is In 'N Out... gosh, the burgers, the fries, the shakes! terrible to get cravings when distance is such a big factor.

and no, haven't found anything that comes close on our sunny shores. let me know if you do come across a good american burger! =P

At 7/23/2004 12:00 pm , Blogger Packrat said...

Blooie's patty's too thin? Either I haven't touched the burgers there for TOO long or I've been overestimating my own abilities to eat burger. I thought the patties were pretty thick?

At 7/23/2004 9:08 pm , Blogger NARDAC said...

hey, not only Singaporeans wreck burgers...something is rotting in the state of Canada...came across this recently (Bymark is a very upscale Manhattan style eatery where they think nothing of charging twenty five bucks for a fucking crab cake the size of chihuahua poo...STOOPID!!!)

"When it was first introduced, Bymark's landmark burger was available with no-longer-optional foie gras. Today, this exercise in stunt cooking...finds a formidable 8-ounce patty of hand-chopped U.S. Prime steak ($34.95) topped with meaty grilled king mushrooms and melted slices of too-strong Brie de Meaux cheese that virtually obliterate the subtly [sic] of the burger's shaved truffle garniture. " NOW Magazine (Toronto, July 22-24, 2004)

So, you're asking yourself...what's WRONG with this? I'll tell you what's wrong...a burger is the most simple and cheap of meals, a reminder of america's pioneer genius in creating industrial foods...it was first sold in California in front of factories...a burger is heaven when there's nothing too fancy...just a tasty cut of beef (FAT PLEASE), hashed away, grilled right before eating (that's the key here folks), on a yummy not too soft bun...acceptable garnishes are lettuce, tomatoes, ketchup and mustard...pickles always on the side. And, frenchies get it even better by skipping the grill...steak tartare, raw beef with egg yolk, sided ornamentations: shallots, parsley, worcestire, tabasco, mustard. I no longer eat burgers BTW...and you know the beef has to be top notch because it can't be camouflauged by marinating and grilling. YUUMMMMYYYY TIME!!!

Gushings and lashings of foie fat, imported cheese and expensive fungus is destructive ornamentation...I'd prefer eating the toenail cheese of my next door neighbour than deign to this type of utterly bourgeois culinary practises.

and, as a note of advice to Singaporeans, MAKE YOUR BURGERS AT HOME!!!

(yeah, I know this is a long comment, but you touched my stomach)

At 7/24/2004 11:10 am , Blogger Tym said...

Ming, where is In & Out? Pardon how very suaku your old teacher is, don't know where anything is.

Sam, that whole foie gras burger thing is crazy! I'm sure some Singapore restaurant would sell it, as fusion cuisine or some shit.

At 7/26/2004 6:07 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...


in 'n out is a californian chain. in fact, if you look closely enough, sometimes you can spot the OC characters and those from CSI munching on their burgers and slurping their drinks (i recognized the wrapping. and no kidding, i actually froze the screen.. =P)

you have to try it if you find yourself in CA.

At 7/26/2004 9:37 am , Blogger Tym said...

Aiya, In & Out is not available in Singapore? And here I thought perhaps the grail was within reach. I don't see us hitting California in the near future, so perhaps I will have to live vicariously whenever O.C. kids chow down.

At 6/26/2005 9:27 am , Blogger Tym said...

Carl's Jr is the latest burger chain to hit Singapore's shores. In a nutshell:

1) Burger buns are larger than even the Double Whopper's, I believe.

2) However, this belies the fact that the beef patty is in fact smaller than the bun, and thinner than my index finger --- that is to say, very thin indeed. A burger patty ought to have some density in order to achieve the right level of moistness and flavour for the entire burger.

3) The bacon, as Agagooga notes, isn't flavourful enough to actually add something to the burger. The fact that the entire meat patty of my Western Bacon Burger was drenched in barbecue sauce might've had something to do with that.

The quest for the Good American Burger continues...

Agagooga's review is here.

At 6/28/2005 10:13 am , Blogger Agagooga said...

After 11 months you added a comment?!

At 6/28/2005 9:50 pm , Blogger Tym said...

So that I can keep all my burger-hunting notes in the same place!

At 4/24/2006 11:51 pm , Blogger Tym said...

Update: Botak Jones, with bonus mention of just how crappy McDonald's burgers are.

At 10/07/2006 12:48 pm , Blogger Tym said...

Update: überburger is apparently no good.


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