National Day is less than a month away. And with that comes the usual barrage of Singapore flags popping up across the country, evening fireworks on Saturdays at the Marina Bay area, and a sudden spike in shops and restaurants hawking ‘locally-inspired goods’.
So no points for guessing why McDonald’s has just released a new menu that puts a fast food spin on local treats.
Enter the nasi lemak burger.
Admittedly, it’s not as cool/bizarre as the nasi lemak gelato or the nasi lemak cake pioneered by our country’s next door neighbor, but we’ll take what we can get. This $5.95 burger packs a chicken thigh patty coated with cornflakes and topped with a fried egg, caramelized onions, cucumber slices and sambal sauce.
Also on the limited edition menu — which launches on July 13 at all branches of the Golden Arches — are other local items with a twist, such as the chendol McFlurry (from $3) with vanilla soft serve, gula melaka sauce and chendol jelly bits, the coconut pie ($1.20) with nata de coco chunks, and the bandung McFizz (from $3).
The fast food chain’s ice cream cone gets a chendol melaka makeover as well, and if you pop by any McCafe outlets at tea time, you can pick up a pandan coco frappé (from $4.60) and a slice of kueh salat cake (from $5).