Sat. Apr 4th, 2020

Ramly Beef Burger the Original Bespoke Malaysian Favourite

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Ramly Beef Burger the Original Bespoke Malaysian Favourite

I consider Ramly Beef Burgers of the most delicious street food treats Malaysia has to offer.

For Malaysians, their first taste of Ramly Beef Burger was at a street food neighbourhood independent burger stall.

The greatest part of Ramly Burgers – these street burgers best eaten at night; for dinner or supper!

This is the epitome of what Malaysian street food is all about. Most stalls open from dinner onwards until the early hours of the morning.

These burgers make the best place to grab a bite after a night of drinking.

Ramly Burger stalls are a favourite that caters to the Malaysian palate. You will always find a Ramly Burger stall that caters to your taste. Greasy, messy or both, these bespoke burgers are where you get to be the boss of your patty.

What’s Your first Ramly Burger Experience?

My first Ramly Burger was before we had a McDonald’s in Penang. I remember fondly the Abang who made the delicious burgers that we buy for movie dates.

This is one of the reasons why Malaysian still crave for a Ramly Burger as it holds a special spot in our hearts.

Ramly Burgers are a household name, these street burgers are a staple with Malaysians. Whereas every Big Mac taste exactly like every other Big Mac in the world, the simple Ramly Burger is a true bespoke Malaysian favourite burger.

Alongside other dishes like Nasi Lemak, Roti Canai and Satay, Ramly Burger is one of the MUST TRY food in Malaysia.

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The Ramly Beef Burger patties, sausages and bun share the grille. Image: Doris Lim

History of Ramly Burger Founder

The Ramly burger has been around since the late 70s and was created by its founder to fill a gap in the Halal Western food market. 

This Malaysian frozen and fast food company locally known as Ramly burger was founded by Ramly bin Mokni in 1980.

Ramly started a business selling burgers with his wife from street food stalls in 1979. While he was working as a butcher, he discovered that most fresh-meat sources were unknown. That lead to

Ramly’s decision to produce a halal-certified meat source for all Muslim consumers in Malaysia.

The core product was Ramly Beef Burger patties.

While there’s no shortage of Ramly Burger stalls all around Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya and Penang it is a challenge to find one that’s memorable.

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Ramly Beef Burger Patty. Image: Ramly Burger
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Ramly Beef Burger Patty BBQ Flavour. Image: Ramly Burger

Ramly Burger Street Stalls

For city dwellers, Ramly Burgers are considered a local favourite, especially the Ramly Beef Burger.

These greasy, saucy burgers can be found everywhere in Malaysia. Most vendors often set up as a street cart or operate out of the back of a van or truck.

In the Philippines you can get a Jollibee burger. A Big Mac or a Whopper can be easily found in the fast food outlets from the airport to the malls.

However, for us Malaysians, it is the Ramly Burger street stalls is where you will see many queuing up for as the sun goes down.

To this date, I still prefer a Ramly Beef Burger over a Big Mac.

Where to find a Ramly Burger Stall or Truck? 

Ramly Burger stalls and trucks are sometime parked outside a 7-Eleven. You can find a Ramly Food Truck here if you’re looking for one at night.

What’s on a Street Stall Ramly Burger Menu

  • Chicken & Beef Burger & Hotdog
  • Normal RM3.50
  • Cheese RM5.00
  • Special RM4.50
  • Special Cheese RM5.00
  • Double RM6.00
  • Double Cheese RM7.00
  • Double Special RM7.00
  • Double Special Cheese RM8.00

Extras

  • Cheese 1pc RM1.50
  • Patty Only 1 pc. RM2.00

There is also Egg Burger, Fish Burger and Oblong

Ingredients for a Ramly Beef Burger

At its simplest, a Ramly Burger usually comprises a grilled meat patty, a toasted bun, some veg and ketchup.

  • Buns
  • Margarine
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cheese
  • Ground white pepper
  • Chilli sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Mayonnaise BBQ sauce
  • Sweet chilli sauce
  • Tomato Ketchup
  • Beef or chicken patty
  • Egg
  • Cheese slices
  • shredded cabbage
  • sliced cucumber
  • sliced tomato

Which Ramly Burger to Order?

It all depends if you take beef or not. As all the ingredients are halal, either beef or chicken is fine. Some Malaysian don’t take beef for religious reason, so they will opt for a Ramly Chicken Burger.

I prefer the Ramly Beef Burger as it is more fragrant.

How to prepare a Ramly Burger

The vendor will oil the hot grill and slap on a cold burger patty to cook it. Most burger joints will flip the patty. For a Ramly Burger, the vendor will butterfly the patty to grille all the sides.

We suggest you order a ‘Special’. This has an egg cracked onto the hot plate, spread into a thin omelette and they wrap the patty which has been halved and filled with sauce in the eggy parcel.

It’s a genius way of making sure the sauces don’t spill out of the burger patty.

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This is how it’s done to keep the burger warm and toasty. Image: Doris LIm

Ramly Burger Review:

The Ramly Burger is a greasy, messy, satisfying street burger. When you eat it standing, the sauce spills out, a bit of the shredded cabbage and part of the cucumber will drop out.

I tried eating this in so many ways, but after trying very hard, I conclude that a Ramly Burger is just plain messy but delicious.

The whole burger is so toasty warm, especially the combination of sweet chili sauce, ketchup and mayo just heats up in the eggy burger parcel.

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This is a typical Ramly Beef Burger. Normally the beef patty is wrapped with the egg omelette.

Other Types of Ramly Beef Burger 

With burgers like the concept and idea of a Ramly Burger – sloppy, delicious and fulfilling, there are many stalls that upped the game with own made or homemade patty.

If you’re a burger gourmand and want a thick juicy burger then the Ramly Burger is probably not for you.

But then again you will want to order the bespoke Ramly burger with extra everything!

Not a Typical Ramly Burger

Typical roadside burger stalls would often use Ramly patties, or other homemade and self-made patties.

We look at a few that have taken the basic street stall bespoke burgers to a new level in terms of creativity.

Voted as MUST TRY – Brother John Burger Stall, Damansara Uptown

If you’re willing to get in line and wait then, you can try the popular late-night snack – Brother John Burger at Damansara Uptown.

Two things that stopped me going when I was working in KL. The long queues and no parking around Uptown. With Grab things are a lot easier, but you will still need to be patient and wait.

Brother John takes the humble Ramly Burger to new heights with juicy patty, crusty buns, mustard, chilli powder, drench in their own special sauce black pepper BBQ sauce. That is a lot of seasoning and sauces that goes into the ‘banjir’ effect.

You will love this if you love a messy dripping burger smothered in overpowering black pepper sauce.

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Brother John BurgerI Image: vkeong

Brother John Burger Stall @ Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya
Address: 62, Jalan SS 21/58, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya
Operating Hours: 10.00PM – 4.00AM

Chinese Style Ramly Burger – Hillside Uncle Burger

Hillside Uncle Burger is the only roadside burger stall run by an old Chinese couple. You will find an inconspicuous white van parked opposite the Petron station at Tanjung Bungah and a steady queue of regulars waiting.

Uncle (Mr. Wong) and Aunty has been selling their famous pan-fried caramelized onion burger for over 20 years.

The ingredients are simple Ramly Burger Patty with lots of sweet fried onions egg, lettuce and bun, awesome! Even with a huge pile on onions some customers ask for more onions on their burgers.

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Uncle Wong frying onions for his Ramly Beef Burgers. Image: FB Amelia Wong

Hillside Uncle Burger | Jalan Sungai Kelian, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Penang | Business Hours: Not fixed. Usually starts at 7 pm till midnight.

Most Creative Burger – Rockstarz Burger

Rockstarz burger is one of the most popular burger joints specializes in homemade patty in Penang.

The signatures here include

  • Rockstarz
  • Red Hot Curry Chilleez
  • Metallicheeze
  • Santanaz
  • Black Sabpper
  • My Carbonara.

Make sure you don’t miss trying this if you’re visiting Penang.

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The Metallicheeze. Image: Rockstarz-Burger FB Page

Rockstarz Burger | 118, Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim, Kampung Manggis, 11900 Sg Ara, Penang | Business Hours:5.00PM – 1.00AM (daily) | Telephone: 019-545 4123

Fried Chicken Burger – Burger Ayam Goreng Njoy

Not all the great burger stalls in Penang are in George Town. Come over to Batu Maung for the local’s favourite supper spot – Njoy Fried Chicken Burger.

This is a famous burger stall sells breaded crispy fried chicken sandwiched between coloured buns garnished with fresh lettuce and a homemade gravy,

Burger lovers will want to celebrate with a customised Burger Birthday “Cake” which you can order to enjoy.

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Love burgers too much? Have a Birthday Burger. Image: Burger Ayam Goreng Njoy Facebook

Burger Ayam Goreng Njoy | 6, Lorong Kekabu 2, Taman Desa Wangsa, 11960 Batu Maung, Penang
Business Hours:7.00PM -1.00AM(Monday closed)| Telephone:012-4454478

Notes on my personal preferences and taste for a nice hamburger.

Sauces:

Personally, I’m a purist and prefer to eat burger patties that I can taste without everything being smothered in a mixture of dripping sauces. The only burger I eat with a mix of sauces is a Ramly Beef Cheeseburger which reminds me so much of my teenage years.

The next time someone looks for a cheeseburger, you will point them to this list.

We hope we’ve inspired you to eat and explore like a traveller, not a tourist. So, the next time you see a Ramly Burger stall, give it a try!



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Source: Ramly Burger Frozen & Fast Food Company

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