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Review: McDonalds Malaysia’s New Spicy Chicken With Apple Slices Burger

Apples belong in pies.

They certainly don’t sound like something you’d put in a burger – but that’s exactly what McDonalds did with their new Spicy Chicken with Apple Slices Burger. Available for a limited time only, it’s described as a sweet and spicy blend with ‘real apple slices paired with crunchy spicy chicken patty, topped with black pepper mayo sauce, all tucked between a warm bun’.

So I went to the drive-through and got a set for brunch.

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I thought the set would come with Prosperity fries, but they turned out to be regular fries. Not sure if you’d need to request for it specifically or top up a certain amount to get the curly ones. Also included in the set was orange juice.

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I was feeling pretty hungry since I skipped breakfast, so I got the double patty (RM24+ per set).

One thing I like about McDonalds, which I’ve mentioned before, is that their products always look true to size, or at least close to the appearance of what is advertised – and this burger was no exception. Even if I hadn’t ordered the double patty, it was still sizable.

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There was a good amount of apple slices on top, slathered with sauce.

Verdict?

The patties that they use are the same as the ones used in the Spicy Chicken McDeluxe, but the addition of apple slices was a nice touch, as there was a sweet, fruity burst to balance out the saltiness, and the apples were also fresh and crunchy. The ‘black pepper mayo’ didn’t really have a black pepper taste (maybe it all went to the Prosperity burger? lol); and was a tad on the sweet side. Like dessert kinda sweet, which tasted weird when combined with the chicken. But other than that, the buns were nice and fluffy, and the chicken patties were good; fried to golden perfection, crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside.

Overall, I think the Spicy Chicken with Apple Slices isn’t bad, but it feels like a #rehash of the Spicy Chicken McDeluxe and doesn’t offer anything special, unlike some of their other creations like the Nasi Lemak Burger, which I really liked. So, if you’d like to try this, it isn’t bad, but it’s nothing phenomenal.

But definitely better than the Prosperity Burger lol.

Review: McDonalds Malaysia’s Nasi Lemak Burger – WORTH IT ?

When it comes to food, we Malaysians are a proud lot. I mean, say what you will about the country, but insult any of our dishes and be prepared to incur the wrath of millions (like the recent Rendang-ate fiasco). Now, if only we had the same drive and zeal to battle corruption lol. 

It’s a little ironic ,then, that it was our close neighbours across the Causeway that came up with the idea of putting together the flavours of Nasi Lemak – a dish ubiquitous with Malaysia – into a burger.

Well, the saying goes ‘better late then never’, and McDonalds Malaysia has finally jumped on the bandwagon with their very own version. Curiousity piqued, I dropped by after work at the Bandar Puteri outlet. They made me wait over 20 minutes because they were cooking a fresh batch, but WAS IT WORTH IT?

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20 mins aint fast food bruh. But let’s focus on the food.

Packaging featured a dark green colour scheme, reminiscent of the traditional banana leaves that nasi lemak used to be wrapped in.

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Burger. Fairly large. Kudos to McD for not using false advertising where the food is like 1/3 the size it appears in ads. I’m looking at you, KFC.

Fried egg, cucumber slices, and sweet and spicy sambal is layered on a thick, cornflake-coated patty infused with santan (coconut milk), then sandwiched between two fluffy buns.

Verdict: The patty was obviously the star, with a nice hint of coconut milk. Cooked well, with a crispy and crunchy coating complementing tender, juicy meat on the inside. The cucumbers were a little hard (hard, not crisp.), but overall it was a satisfying burger that captured the essence of nasi lemak pretty well! If you’re looking for a spicy kick though, this has zero. I would rate it a 2/10 on the spicy scale. I would also have liked a bit more sambal in the burger.

Is it worth buying? 

At RM14.95 for the ala carte, I’d say it isn’t too expensive to get the burger if you’re really curious. Is it tasty? Yes, as far as fast food burgers go. Would I wait for half an hour just to get it? Probably not.

Overall stars: 8/10

 

PS: I noticed in some other reviews that the burger has caramelised onions. Not sure why mine didn’t, but.. yeah.