Just in time for Singapore’s National Day, and in conjunction with Singapore Food Festival, McDonald’s has just introduced a new menu that’s all about local flavours. But if you’re expecting chili crab (which seems to be the only food Korean celebs know here), we’re sorry to dash your hopes. The new menu is something more relatable to our daily lives (because who eats chili crab that often, right?!). Today, McDonald’s launched the “Nasi Lemak” burger, among other new products.
The branch we went to (Great World City) didn’t have the chendol gula melaka cone (bummer!), and the puteri salat cake was sold out by 12.30pm, but we did manage to try the other new things on the menu. According to the press release, the new items will make Singaporeans go “sedap“, but how did the CLEO team like it?
Scroll the gallery to see our honest opinions of the new menu. (Photos are not Mei Tu Xiu Xiu-ed because we’re keeping things as real as our reviews.)
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“Nasi Lemak” Burger
The “Nasi Lemak” Burger is available for $5.95 a la carte, or $7.80 in an Extra Value Meal™.
Sophie Hong, Senior Features Writer
It’s very lemak, which I’m very surprised by. I like the sambal as well. The chicken patty is good - it’s like McSpicy level kind of patty, but without the spiciness. Overall, very shiok.
Cynthia Chew, Senior Beauty Editor
I almost forgot that I was eating a burger. It’s quite spicy and there’s a lot of stuff to eat, so it can be quite messy - definitely not good for a first date. The chicken has a bit of the curry sauce flavour, which I found a bit confusing. But it’s value for money!
Taphath Chin, Designer
It’s not up my alley. In my opinion, it’s just a pink Sprite. It doesn’t taste very “bandung”.
Hidayah Idris, Senior Digital Writer
I expected it to taste like Happy Soda - the Indonesian mocktail that is essentially cherry soda with milk. But this one is essentially carbonated rose syrup. I’m not sure why they scrimped on the evaporated milk - were they afraid HPB might not give their stamp of approval?
Criss Cut Fries
Claire Starkey, Editor in Chief
10/10 would recommend. These are way better than those disappointing Potato Minions!
Karen Fong, Associate Editor
I didn't like the idea of it and thought I wouldn't like it, but it was surprisingly good. The coconut was really creamy, but there could have been more nata de coco bits for more texture.
Syafii Ghazali, Sub Editor
The Chendol McFlurry was meh. It didn't have enough gula melaka and the only thing they got right was the green squiggly jelly things. They didn't even bother designing a custom cup for it. Lazy.
Adora Wong, Writer
It’s overly sweet but it lives up to its name and tastes exactly like how you’d imagine a pandan frappe to taste like. The grass jelly adds texture, which I appreciate.