The Burger Specialists
With burgers at fast food joints and restaurants priced between RM5 and RM30, depending on where you get them these days, it would be wise to check out the cheaper street cousins that offer better chomps for a fraction of the price.
Nothing beats a fat, juicy burger as a guilty-pleasure treat... well, to burger lovers at least. Sure, you can go to for a lovely big one at a posh restaurant, but when you're on a tight budget, that is unlikely to be on your list. Fast food outlets would naturally be the next answer, but for an even cheaper alternative, street burgers are the way to go.
Yup, with street burgers you don't have to rob a bank to enjoy those succulent, juicy beef patties with bread, and while it's true that they are not as aesthetically pleasing as the ones you might get from the restaurant, many agree it's part of the fun. The Burger Shop at SS15 is an exceptional street burger example. Situated opposite the MPSJ market, not far from Inti College and Asia Café, these 'Burger Specialists' as they like to call themselves operate off a simple truck-stall and have quite a following among street burger fans. When I say 'a following', I really mean it! More often than not, there will be long queues at the stall. Even foreign students enjoy getting a kick from these burgers.
While they do display a menu of the items they serve, regular patrons revealed that certain surprises are actually not in the list, while others have only been introduced recently. The 'Mutton Oblong Burger' (RM4.80) is one of them. While also available in chicken and beef, we had to try mutton as it was more unusual. To those unfamiliar with oblong burgers, they are similar in shape and size to the famed 'Prosperity Burger' from McDonald's. The burgers are elongated, which means there's more to eat! One thing
I noticed is the attention given to the ingredients used. Instead of just the usual cucumber and salad, they went ahead and included sliced tomatoes, onions and black pepper sauce. And boy do they taste good! There is a strong black pepper taste, and it being a mutton patty was really amazing. Best enjoyed piping hot on the spot and in case you're wondering, yes, they do provide little stools. The burgers WILL indeed spill and make a mess, which many say adds to the experience.
If oblongs are not your thing, give the 'Double Cheese Special Burger' (RM4.80) a try. Available in both chicken and beef, this big burger is a real cheese-melting treat. While a typical 'special' burger would have the patties wrapped in egg, with The Burger Shop, it's the exact opposite. The egg actually goes in between the burger patties. Together with the tomatoes, onions and salad, it makes the burger fatter as opposed to the normal look of a street burger. It's also more wholesome to chomp-on too. A must-try is the much-talked-about Mushroom Burger (RM3.50). While largely similar to the normal burgers they serve (tomatoes, onions, salad), the addition of mushrooms makes it just plain enjoyable. Certainly a cheaper alternative to mushroom burgers in restaurants. Again, have it hot!
There were many other delights on the menu we didn't get to try (there's only so many burgers we can sample without becoming burger-clogged). Worth mentioning are cool specialties like Fish Burger (RM2.90), Prawn Burger (RM2.90), and Chicken/Beef Foldovers (RM5.90). Oh, and did you know that almost every burger has its hot dog equivalent? Just ask and you shall receive.
With street burgers tasting this good, don't be surprised if you find yourself ordering another one after finishing your first. If you haven't tried The Burger Shop yet, you had better do so!