When I first arrived in Singapore two years ago, I had a major Asian food phobia. I was terrified to try anything from local restaurants and food shops. I blame the fact that most of the food either had a head still attached and looking at me, or at the very least, bones or shells to clog my esophagus. (Unless it's fried chicken, Americans don't do bones in our dinner.)
So one of the first foods I tried in Singapore was as American as it comes: a burger. I got it at the most American sounding place I could find too: New York, New York.
And it was the most disappointing American thing that I have ever eaten. I've never been so sad to be away from Midwestern cows.
I don't know why it is, but the Australian ones just aren't as delicious. (Sorry Aussie cows.) There's a weird flavor to the meat that I just couldn't get past.
I steered clear of burgers for a long time after that. Two whole years, in fact.
Then, Aaron brought me home lunch one day. (Which was incredibly sweet since it was a surprise.)
But it was one of those weird Singaporean burgers.
This one was even weirder than the first. See that there? That's white mystery meat again! The same crap they tried to put on my pizza a few months ago. What's even worse is that after I took a bite, I still couldn't decipher whether it was chicken, turkey or pork.
It was that bad.
I just threw it away. I couldn't even make myself eat it.
After that experience, I told my American friend at work about my sadness over eating bad burgers here.
And he knew of a cure:
Hello Carl's Jr.! I forgot all about you! Silly me.
And you have a Guacamole Bacon burger?! Sign me up!
See that kids? That's American beef, baby. And it's delicious.
So the quest for decent burgers ended at an American fast food restaurant. Not perfect, but compared to the competition, a distant number one.
On a side note, I haven't tried the burgers at Chili's, TGI Fridays or the soon-to-open Applebee's yet. I bet they're good; I'm just a little scared to see what the Singaporean prices are for a hunk of beef on a bun at these places.
2016 WY/MT Trip
8 months ago