McDonald’s Nasi Lemak Burger

There was a lot of nasi lemak versions of food being created recently, from burgers to ice creams. McDonald’s even jumped on the bandwagon and have their own version of the nasi lemak which comes in the form of a burger.


Nasi lemak means “oily rice” in direct English translation. It is basically rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf, which is usually served with cucumber slices, egg and sambal sauce (a kind of spicy sauce). Then the usual additional side dish to eat along with nasi lemak are fried chicken, anchovies with peanuts, keropok (fried crackers) and sometimes squid.


A few weeks ago after attending a talk event, I went to McDonald’s for my dinner which is very late at night and tried their nasi lemak burger. I don’t eat spicy food, so I asked them if the sambal sauce was spicy but the waitress at the counter didn’t know. She had to go and ask her other colleagues and they said that it wasn’t spicy. So I requested for them to remove the sambal and put it aside in a separate container in case the sambal sauce is too spicy.


This is how the burger looks like and that’s the sambal sauce in the clear container with spoon :

McDonald's Nasi Lemak burger


The chicken patty is not too bad in terms of size, it’s quite big as compared to the burger buns. There’s fried egg, cucumber slices and sauteed onion. The cucumber slices are kind of a sad case, only 2 miserable pieces. This is how the insides of the burger filling looks like :

McDonald's Nasi Lemak burger


I tried the sambal sauce, it wasn’t spicy and was sweet. It’s just a very tiny little bit of chilli taste in it, which is just fine for me. I like it when it’s not spicy. Sometimes when food is cooked with a lot of chilli, it masks the actual taste of the food and you can’t really taste whether the food is tasty or not. Not unless it’s like a curry or rendang dish where you need to have chilli in it, otherwise you can’t taste the actual taste of the food. Ask the cook to remove the chilli and you can test whether the cook cooks good food or not when you taste the non-spicy food.


Overall, the nasi lemak burger was alright and if included with the sambal sauce, it tasted good. I like that the chicken patty is big in size.

Wendy’s At Design Village

Wendy’s has been growing rapidly and they have been opening quite a few outlets in Penang. The first was at Sunrise Tower in Penang island, then followed by their branch at Design Village on the mainland side of Penang and later on another one at Juru. I visited the one at Design Village.


This is the menu for Wendy’s food and beverages selection. There’s quite a lot of selection for your to choose from.


This is the lunch crowd in the afternoon. The place was packed and the tables were occupied.


Panoramic view of Wendy’s at Design Village before the crowd came in.


The friendly manager at the outlet, Zul (right) and also the friendly staff from their management (left).


Zul recommended the Chicken Mushroom Melt Supreme, which I had the combo meal with a side dish of curly fries and a soft drink. I had an extra side order of frosty float (seen on the left side of the tray).


The Chicken Mushroom Melt Supreme was really supremely filled with cheese and melted all over the thick slab of chicken meat. The flavours were so delicious when you eat a mouthful of the burger combined with the mushrooms in it plus the meat was so succulent. The presentation of the food was neatly simple and Wendy’s might be considered a fast food outlet but the taste could match some of the finer restaurants or even better. The burger buns were nicely toasted and not burnt.


I also ordered the Chickenator Dawg and another Chicken Mushroom Melt Supreme (because it was so delicious) for takeaway for dinner along with side orders of nachos and mashed potatoes plus Twisted Oreos. I went off for shopping after that as they prepared the food. The managers and staff were so nice to give me a call when the food was ready to be collected.


Look at the cheese galore on the hot dog, which they were definitely not stingy with their food.


I told them I wanted to take away to bring home for my family to try the food and they were so kind to give me generous, big scoops of the mashed potatoes. Love it so much.


Quoting Sydney Quays, Director of Wendy’s Malaysia, “… here we are today in Design Village, Penang where we aim to share the Wendy’s experience… ”. According to Wendy’s management team, this outlet “has a seating capacity of 86 pax at a time complete with its minimalist design to give it a more modern look and feel to our customers while enjoying our quality products… At Wendy’s, quality is our recipe“.


Wendy’s, from my experience during my visit to your outlet, I have to give it to you that your food and service is of a high quality, indeed. Thank you for your delicious food and great service.