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The New P. Ramlee Burger Is Supposed To Taste Like Nasi Kandar… Does It?

The New P. Ramlee Burger Is Supposed To Taste Like Nasi Kandar… Does It?

It’s named “P. Ramlee Burger” because nasi kandar was the Malaysian icon’s favourite food.

Anne Dorall

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The new Burger P. Ramlee from KFC is a limited-time tribute to the late Malaysian legend Tan Sri P. Ramlee.

As a true blue Malaysian, Nasi Kandar was one of his favourite foods, a little fact that had made its way into his last film, Laksamana Do Re Mi.

So it goes without saying that the Burger P. Ramlee is actually a Nasi Kandar-flavoured burger. I understand why they decided to name it the Burger P. Ramlee instead of Burger Nasi Kandar, and I don’t judge.

The Burger P Ramlee is actually quite well-portioned.
(Credit: Anne Dorall/TRP)

I will, however, judge the taste of the burger.

The Taste Test

The burger has a viscous pour of sauce, the Kuah Kari Kandar, plus a generous handful of cubed cucumbers and cabbages. The vegetables are a welcome sight in a sea of sauce.

The sauce isn’t particularly spicy, though it definitely is peppery and exciting. It’s somewhat similar to a lighter black pepper sauce with way more aromatic notes.

The Kuah Kari Kandar topped with cubed cucumber, shredded cabbage, and a dollop of mayonaise. It might not look very pretty, but tastes pretty alright.
(Credit: Anne Dorall/TRP)

The Zinger patty still stays crispy despite the sauce, pairing well with the soft bun and sauce.

The Verdict

The burger has an interesting taste, but definitely don’t expect it to be particularly authentic as “nasi kandar”.

Still, it does invoke a familiar Nasi Kandar taste, likely due to their Kuah Kari Kandar that’s made with turmeric, lemongrass, cumin, and curry leaves.

The Burger P. Ramlee comes as an ala carte, combo, set lagenda, or kombo ikon.
(Credit: KFC Malaysia)

The fragrance of the local herbs plays well with the crispy Zinger fillet, but the sauce can be overwhelming due to its strong taste. The burger I got was well-portioned with just enough sauce for the Zinger patty, but not too much to the point of jelak.

I was actually not expecting much from this weird flavour combo, but consider me pleasantly surprised that the burger turned out quite delicious with the interesting twist.

You can get the Burger P. Ramlee as an ala carte, combo, set lagenda, or kombo ikon. Additionally, you can order through the KFC App with the promo code PRAMLEE for 10% off.


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