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Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
June 13, 2009 8:09am

Looks like the Colonel found his way up to Brinchang and he's here to stay. I remember a time when there was a White Castle up in Tanah Rata. I wonder if it will make a comeback to our shores. Carls Junior, Wendys and Popeye are back in KL. I went to Wendys the other day and came out disappointed. They didn't have the roast beef sandwich and the other things didn't taste as nice any more. I still like my Burger King more Smile
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,807
June 13, 2009 8:18am

Joe, I am wishing that McDonald's makes an appearance in Camerons. I love my Cheeseburger. Same here in Batu Ferringhi ...... KFC has an outlet but no McDonald's.
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
June 13, 2009 9:15pm

Hi Kayes, I love the cheeseburger too. I'm sure if McDonalds opens in Camerons, it will be a hit. Near my place here in Shah Alam, there's a Burger King outlet and I can have my favourite Whopper and onion rings regularly. However, I still would prefer to be sitting out in the cool mountain air in Camerons having it. Hope they will McD's up there soon.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
June 15, 2009 6:12am

Fast food restaurants up in the Camerons? No, no, no .... I think I prefer to play "masak-masak"!
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
July 22, 2009 7:55am

Hi Joe, it's very interesting and convenient that the 3 fast food restaurants (Burger King; KFC & McDonald's) situated next to each other near Stadium Shah Alam. Love the 3 single-storey buildings of the fast food restaurants. Wonder if they are opened 24 hrs.
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
July 22, 2009 7:19pm

Hi Joe,


All you connoisseurs of beef burgers should be salivating at this piece of beefy news! McDonalds has just rolled out its premium Angus Beef Burger this summer and it was an instant hit. Angus beef is a better grade of meat because it is tender and flavorful, and is more juicy than the regular beef burgers which are sometimes dry and rubbery. The piece of meat is also bigger (1/3 pound) and sinking your teeth into this beefy delight would cost only four measly bucks. Watch out, Angus Beef Burgers may hit your local McDonald's outlet soon!!
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
July 22, 2009 11:12pm

Hi Ken, thats good news. I'm sure the Angus Beef Burger will hit our shores soon. Looking forward to it. I used to love the McDonalds breakfast when I was there as it had bacon but over here, we don't get the bacon in the breakfast set. Sigh!!!
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
July 22, 2009 11:16pm

Hi Orange, the place you mentioned is the venue for Extreme Games. futsal and rock climbing etc. The restaurants namely Burger King, KFC and Pizza Hut are doing very well esp. at night. I usually have my Whopper at this place. I don't think they stay open 24 hrs. BTW are you living around Shah Alam? You are quite familiar with the place Smile
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
July 23, 2009 6:08am

Hi Joe,


I go to Shah Alam almost every week and you are right the third fast food restaurant is Pizza Hut instead of McDonald's. McDonald's is at Sect. 2 and another one at Sect. 9.


Hi Ken,


I hope we can have the Angus Beef Burger soon. As at it is, the McDonald's Pancake Breakfast set is not available at all McDonald's outlets in Selangor. Perhaps it's due to the low demand. The first time I tried the McDonald's Pancake Breakfast set was at S'pore YMCA's outlet and it was ten years ago.
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
July 23, 2009 8:41am

Hi Ken, Joe & Orange,


The new McAngus Burgers is indeed very good. By the way, I want to let you know a little interesting fact I found out about the beef that McDonalds, Burger King and some of the other fast food chain buys. My father-in-law used to work as a Credit Manager in the beef industry here in California and interesting thing is, those fast food joints actually buys "scraps" beef to make their beef patties. Now you know why they can sell hamburgers for 99 cents ! The only one that buys real beef is the IN-N-OUT Burgers joints here in California. That's why you never see them selling their burgers below a dollar.


Joe,


Talking about Bacon, once I was at a breakfast buffet in Golden Sands Hotel in Penang, this American lady took a bunch of "turkey bacon" and started cutting off the fat (the lighter part) from the bacon. I explained to her that the bacon is actually turkey and the lighter color is not fat. Her reply, well, it still makes her feel better for not eating too much fat!


Orange,


The McDonalds Pancake Breakfast is indeed very good especially with a piece of real sausage patty. I think the reason you do not find a lot of the breakfast menu in Malaysia is because of the non halal nature of the McDonald's Breakfast with the breakfast sausage patty which is pork base in many of their menu.


ACS77.
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 432
July 23, 2009 3:13pm

And this may sound silly,but you could keep all the KFC,McDonalds and such,if I could once again enjoy Roti Canai and Dhal in Tanjong Bungah,at 5.00am or Hokkien Mee in Fettes Park.It's true that we don't realise what we have til, it's gone
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
July 23, 2009 4:57pm

Sam,


I normally chow down in fast food chains only when I am in a hurry. If I am in the mood for a good burger, I prefer the gourmet burgers from places like Boston Blackie, Portillo, or Buena Beef. The meat patties are more substantial and the quality tends to be more consistent. The big chains are not bad but sometimes the playful teenagers who man the grill can get distracted and needless to say, the end product is affected. I am not surprised that the meat patties are made from meats scraps. Even chicken nuggets are made that way, and with fillers added in too. That is why, a lot of times, I am incline to order steak burgers and chicken tenders because the piece of meat is not reconstituted from meat scraps.


Jim,


Given a choice, I am all for Malaysian food too. On week days, there is just not enough time to seek out Malaysian restaurants during lunch break. Nevertheless, on some days when I have uncontrollable yearnings for anything spicy, I have taken extended lunches to satisfy an urgent need. The highlights of my weekends are spent on relishing a bowl of curry mee, a plate of char kway teow, chee cheong funn, or rojak. No matter what, my taste buds are still very attuned to Malaysian flavors after all these years, and washing it down with a glass of my favorite merlot or pinot noir would be the icing on the cake.
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
July 23, 2009 8:20pm

Hi Ken and ACS77, you are right about the meat scraps used for burgers and thats why some refer to it as 'junk food'. With the breakfast special offers available at McD's and such, I still prefer my favourite Roti Canai which I normally have at the Original Kayu Restaurant in Aman Suria as it is made fresh and the dhall is very nice unlike some other places. While having it, I'm sometimes tempted to look at the mutton, chicken or sotong (calamarie) curry on display. Man!!! Sure looks good!!!
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 432
July 24, 2009 2:01am

I don't know about,as you say'Meat Scraps' Ken.I only know that good Malaysian food beats cheap junk food any day.Though please allow me to say,reading between the lines,I understand that good Malaysian tucker is hard to come by overseas.Perhaps because the Cook tends to cook to please the local taste,that is after all good business.I still say Makan Malaysia Syabas.
memorialman

Registered: March 2009
Location: Bedford, England
Posts: 24
July 24, 2009 11:19pm

Good Malaysian, or any Malaysian, food is hard to find in the UK and when you do the price is sky high because of that! Junk food here has had to 'clean up it's act' and so the content of 'junk' food is slowly improving :-)
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
July 25, 2009 4:55am

That is true. It is not easy to come across authentic Malaysian hawker food in the US too, though New York does have a wide selection of Malaysian eateries. Just as Jim has said, the cooks tend to play safe and the flavors are milder because the food is catered to western taste. What I normally do is that when I order my food, I tell the server specifically that I am from Malaysia and I want spicy and genuine Malaysian flavors. I adopt this approach even when I eat in Thai restaurants. I let it be known that I am very familiar with Thai food and I want the real thing. This strategy works and even though the food may not turn out to be the best, at least it is not some mushy crap that is neither Asian nor western fare. These days, many good Chinese and Thai restaurants have two separate menus. One of them leans heavily towards sweet and sour or deep fried entrees which are popular with locals. The other menu consists of typical oriental favorites like stir fry dishes that embodies more delicate taste and flavors. Most Asians prefer to make their selection from this menu.
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 432
July 25, 2009 1:35pm

It's getting better here in Melbourne Ken.Though I have to say 30 years ago the Asian food situation was awful,I could recount stories that would make you laugh.The down side is of course that some things my wife used to get for free,e.g...Chickens Feet,Gizzards etc... in later years she had to pay for once the supplier realised there was a market



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