The Ramly burger is a uniquely Malaysian version of the American hamburger. Created by Enche Ramly Moknin in the 1970s, today Ramly burger stands are found in every corner of Malaysia and Singapore. Unlike American burgers which are standardised, each Ramly burger stand offers its own variation according to the flair of the individual owners. Each stand has its own signature and following of fans.
This Ramly burger stand along Jalan Wong Ah Fook (directly across the road from the McDonald's in City Square) is the favourite of my blogger friend Yvonne Lew.
Ramly burgers are made with chicken or beef patties. This was the pinkish hued Ramly beef patty together with the soft buns on the greasy griddle laced with Planta margarine.
The patty was flattened, flipped on the griddle, and given a dash of curry powder.
One of the distinctive marks of the Ramly burger is the egg wrap, often referred to as "special". After the patty was done, the chef proceeded to fry an egg.
The patty was placed on top of the fried egg and then wrapped with the egg. At this stand, only the patty was egg wrapped. In other versions, the patty as well as condiments like lettuce and tomatoes are also wrapped in the egg.
The daging (beef) burger "special" - egg wrapped beef patty sandwiched between soft margarine toasted buns dressed with tomatoes, lettuce, mayonnaise and ketchup.
The burger was messily dripping mayonnaise, chili sauce, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. The beef patty was tender and moist with its natural juices, and oozing with flavour from spices and seasonings.
Little wonder that the humble Ramly burger is the sinful "junk" food that even food connoisseurs are unable to resist indulging in, sometimes.
Restaurant name: Ramly burger stand
Address: Along Jalan Wong Ah Fook directly across the road from the McDonald in City Square Shopping Centre in Johor Bahru (numerous Ramly stands are found throughout Malaysia)
Hours: 6:00pm to midnight
Date visited: 18 Jun 2012