Prior to pursuing my education, I cooked for two years in several restaurants specializing in Malaysian and international cuisine.
" Food is not rational, food is culture, habit craving and identity".
— Jonathan Safran Foer
Have you ever wondered? What do they serve at McDonald's around the world? Fret not! let me introduce you to a recipe for a burger from McDonald's Malaysia that is loved by many Malaysians called the Prosperity Burger. It’s a pretty simple burger for you and your family and it does not cost a bomb!
Since 1994, in Malaysia, during the period of January to February every year, we will have a Prosperity Burger set available in all McDonald's throughout the country in conjunction with Chinese New Year, hence the name of the burger.
The name of the burger derives from the word, Prosperity, which is a cultural significance in the Chinese community during Chinese New Year.
Each set comes in a form of the burger (now with choices of Beef,Chicken and Fish burger), curly fries and a fizzy orange juice.
This burger is loved by many Malaysians and the fact that it only comes once a year makes it even lovable.
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A burger that has been sitting on our McDonald's menu for this many years is definitely a local favorite.
Besides the flavor of the burger, it is the memories it serves considering majority of us spent our childhood having this with our families.
Well, I was craving for one just recently (in November) and came across and article while scrolling through Facebook featuring the recipe and I thought, why not make one for the family, since we all love Prosperity Burger.
In this recipe, the burger features black pepper sauce, which is used as a sauce and to braise the patty before serving, this adds a peppery kick to the burger and to top it all off, slices of raw onions to cut the richness of the burger.
This dish is commonly served alongside some curly fries, but in this recipe, we’ll be making Cajun Straight Cut fries instead, considering it has a similar taste to a curly fry.
If you feel like it, you can pair this dish with a bottle of coca-cola or if you want something less sweet, just an orange juice plus a little sprite will do the trick.
A little recap on Cajun Spice Mix
Cajun spice mix includes:
- Dried Oregano
- Dried Thyme
- Onion Powder
- Black pepper
|Prep time||Cook time||Ready in||Yields|
1 hour 30 min
Ingredients for all 3 elements
For The Burger:
- 4-6 hotdog buns / sesame long buns
- 600 grams / 1.3 pounds beef patties, divide by quarter pounds
- 2 teaspoons cajun spice mix
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 egg
- 1 small white onion, sliced thinly
- 1 teaspoon oil
For The Sauce:
- 1 full garlic, minced
- 1 big onion, chopped into cubes
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 beef stock cubes
- 2 cups water, add to beef stock cubes
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons black pepper
- 1 teaspoon soya sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon dark soya sauce, optional
For The Fries:
- 4 servings straight cut fries, about 100 grams per serving
- 2 teaspoons cajun spice mix
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
Info: We will be doing the instructions step by step, starting with the black pepper sauce, then the burger patties, then the fries and lastly the overall assembly.
- We start with the black pepper sauce, firstly, chop the onions and garlic for the black pepper sauce, at the same time, get ready the butter and oil. At the same time, mix the beef stock cubes with the hot water.
- Start by adding butter and oil into the pot, let it melt and then add the onions and garlic, let it caramelize.
- After the garlic and onion is caramelized, add the 4 tablespoons of flour in order to create a "Roux". Let the ingredients get to know each other until they form a clump.
- After creating the clump, add the stock water gradually, slowly add it so that it does not stay lumpy, use a whisk, add until there are no lumps and the sauce coats the back of your spoon.
- Once the sauce comes together, add the 2 tablespoons of black pepper, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and the optional dark soy sauce, let it sit with the sauce for 2 minutes and then taste for seasoning.
- Once everything is up to standard, you can keep it at a simmer until you're done with the burger.
- Next, the burger patties itself, add Cajun seasoning and an egg to the mix and divide your beef into 1/4 pounds, you should get about 6 patties from a 600 gram/1.3 pounds worth.
- Create an oblong shape patty (like in picture) and let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes, at this point, you can start your fries.
- Now for the fries, start by giving your fries a fry according to the instructions your pack of fries say.
- Once the fries are done, immediately add the Cajun Seasoning, salt and pepper while it is hot and mix until everyone becomes orange, taste for seasoning. Keep warm in a low oven.
- Before you start searing the patties, remember to toast your breads on the pan, check constantly.
- Alright, your patties should be done by now, you can take it out and get ready the pan with the oil, season the patties, sear it and the patties will require about 2-3 minutes each side.
- Once all the patties are cooked, add it into the black pepper sauce, at this point, the patties will be braised in the sauce which will cook it to well done.
- Cut the big onions into slices, firstly by cutting the onion into half and then from there cut into 1 cm slides and then separate it.
- Now, the assembly of the burger, start with the bottom layer bread, then the burger patty, some of the black pepper sauce, onions on top of the patty and lastly, the top bun.
- Serve the burger with the Cajun fries and optionally get a coke on the side or a fizzy orange juice to go with it. Enjoy!
One of the key techniques in this recipe is a "Roux", which will be important for the sauce, check out FoodNetwork's method of making a "Roux"
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© 2020 Nigel Koay