McDonald’s New Singapore-themed food items: Are they worth the hype?

To cater to evolving Singaporeans’ taste buds, McDonald’s Singapore outlets have recently launched three new Singaporean food items for a limited time. According to the fast food chain, these foods are defined by local flavours that Singaporeans love – salted egg yolk, pepper crab and Gula Melaka.

Combined with traditional McDonald’s favourites that the fast food chain has periodically offered, customers are being spoilt for choice.

Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Burger is the star of the new offerings.

Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Burger is the star of the new offerings.

The New Items

In a nutshell, the new items that are being introduced and/or brought back to McDonald’s stores, are as follows.

  • Salted Egg Yolk Burger (From $5.75) – Inspired by Singaporeans’ love for salted egg yolk, this infuses the rich, salty-sweet grainy concoction with breaded, whole-muscle chicken patty, curry leaves and chopped lettuce on a black pepper and white sesame bun. It is available as an a-la-carte order ($5.75) or as a meal with Medium French Fries and Coca-Cola ($7.50).
  • Twist and Shaker Fries with Salt & Pepper Crab Flavoured Shaker ($3.40) – The Singaporean favourite, Twister Fries, are being upgraded with a Salt and Pepper crab flavour. It is available as a $0.60 top-up with any Value Meal or at $3.40 when bought a-la-carte.
  • Gula Melaka McFlurry with Layer Cake Bites ($2.90) – Gula Melaka is a Singaporean favourite and the McFlurry combines Gula Melaka swirls with Vanilla soft serve and topped with layered cake bites.
  • McSpicy (From $5.45) – A traditional Singaporean favourite, this burger comprises of a juicy chicken cutlet marinated with  hot spices and topped with crunchy lettuce. It is served in a toasted sesame seed bun.
  • Spicy Nuggets (From $4.45) – This is another Singaporean favourite that has been brought back to McDonald’s outlets. It will set your taste buds ablaze with the fiery spices blended into the nuggets.
  • Banana Pie ($1.20) – Goreng Pisang is a Singaporean favourite snack. This Banana Pie, another favourite brought back to stores, will remind you of that snack.
Gula Melaka McFlurry as advertised by McDonald's.

Gula Melaka McFlurry as advertised by McDonald’s.

My Comments

I bought the Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Burger, the Twist and Shaker Fries and the Gula Melaka McFlurry from McDonald’s today. Are they worth the hype? Here are my comments.

I bought the new items to find out if they are worth the hype.

I bought the new items to find out if they are worth the hype.

Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Burger

For the Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Burger, I have heard some negative reviews about it. But to be honest, the burger was not that bad. For starters, mine appeared to contain some salted egg yolk paste – I could clearly see the yellow salted egg yolk sauce oozing out of the bun when I had opened the box to take out the burger.

Taste wise, the familiar salted egg flavour had been definitely present, together with a slight tinge of curry, as it should have. In fact, this had, quite strongly, reminded me of the salted egg yolk flavoured potato chips and fish skin chips that I enjoy eating.

I understand that some reviews have mentioned that there is no salted egg yolk flavour present in their chicken burgers. Perhaps this could have been because the outlets that they had frequented had been crowded. So as a result, those particular outlets were trying to conserve the salted egg yolk sauce to serve more customers – hence the smaller quantities of the sauce squirted onto each burger.

Salted egg yolk chicken burger that I bought.

Salted egg yolk chicken burger that I bought.

But that said, I still thought perhaps the flavour could have been spread out more consistently onto the burger to make it even more pronounced – after all, the salted egg yolk taste had been stronger in some mouthfuls, but had seemed more muted in others.

Also I think that to add an extra zing to the salted yolk burger, maybe an actual piece of salted egg yolk could have been added. This would probably be able to bring out the salted yolk flavour even further.

Twister and Shaker Fries

I also bought the twister fries.

I also bought the twister fries.

I have always loved the McDonald’s twister fries and always look forward to them when they are available in stores.

Today, while the fries, as usual, were satisfying when eaten by themselves, I found the Salt & Pepper Crab flavouring, to be quite salty – so I should use less of the flavouring next time.

After eating a couple of mouthfuls of the twister fries with the seasoning though, I could detect a delayed peppery sensation which lingers on in the mouth upon swallowing. But I do not really recall tasting much of the crab flavour, though.

Gula Melaka McFlurry

The Gula Melaka McFlurry.

The Gula Melaka McFlurry.

I usually love McDonald’s McFlurries, especially their signature Oreo McFlurry. So I could not wait to taste this new concoction.

When I first ate a scoop of this ice cream, the first thing that I detected was sweetness. On eating more ice cream, there was some Gula Melaka flavour, but this Gula Melaka sensation had not been as strong as I would have liked, though. Also, as I had neared the bottom of the ice cream cup, I felt as though I had been basically eating plain vanilla ice cream.

The layered cake bits were interestingly crunchy though – this was one part of the ice cream that I would say that I rather enjoyed, as it adds a crispy sensation to the McFlurry ice cream.

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