Sunday, February 24, 2013

Nom Nom Chomper, Old School & Burger.It

Our suburban search for burgers takes us this time to Kelana Jaya's Nom Nom Chomper, Puchong's Old School & PJ's Burger.It.

First up, Nom Nom Chomper, where color-soaked Wolverine-to-Hulk posters make it clear that the owners make theirs Marvel. Note: the outlet is closed Sundays.

Nom Nom's bulked-up burgers should satisfy superhero appetites, at prices far from villainous: this 200-gram behemoth of beef with mustard, balsamic vinegar & BBQ sauce costs RM13.90+ (that includes the side salad & chunky chips).

Not a total triumph; the house-made charcoal bun tips close to stodgy. The patty's OK though, densely packed for a comfortable chew.

Nom Nom's Big Bird Burger: Pan-fried chicken breast (thigh meat would be more succulent) with mustard & cheddar cheese. A little too sodium-loaded.

Next stop: the family-friendly OldSchool at Bandar Puteri Puchong.

Hefty house burger, with the ubiquitous charcoal bun (mercifully fluffier here), pork patty, ham, back bacon, caramelized onions, pineapple & tomato chutney.

Scores for tangy juiciness, but (personal preference) we're not passionate about pineapples, so we'd swap the fruit for a fried egg instead.

Only 4.5 percent alcohol, but that's nevertheless better than nothing.

Also available: pork pate & char siew bahn mi, though that's a hot seller that finishes fast.

Wrapping up with Burger.It, a side business of iCook Italian Gastronomia in PJ 3 Two Square.

The whopping 18-recipe menu boasts what it calls "Italian-style" burgers; the choice with the highest proportion of familiar Italian ingredients is "Genova" (RM16.90+), listed with Parmesan & fontina cheese, basil pesto, tomatoes & arugula.

Dissection: The bun's chewy-doughy, pleasing some patrons who consider lighter ones too airy, while the Aussie beef patty's reasonably moist & tasty, with fresh accompaniments & fries. But the Italian flavor's only halfway there; there's very little pesto & virtually no cheese (what surfaces seems to be mayo instead).

Still, burger fans in PJ can give this a shot; lamb, chicken & veggie patties are also available, with other toppings that include goat's & gorgonzola cheeses, aioli, roasted eggplant & peppers, olive pate & oregano.

Good news for fans: iCook should be opening another branch at Sri Hartamas' Plaza Damas 3.

All in all, none of these three places offers extraordinary burgers, but all have their plus points.

NomNom Chomper,
Ground Floor, Kelana Jaya Square, Jalan SS7/26, Petaling Jaya.
OldSchool,
22A, Jalan Puteri 2/4, Bandar Puteri Puchong.
Burger.It @ iCook Italian Gastronomia,
3 Two Square, Petaling Jaya.
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26 comments:

  1. Oh gosh... more burger joints to choose from and they are scattered everywhere! Would love to try the pork burger as I haven't had any good ones yet... or maybe I'm inclined to beef patty.

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    1. Chong: ya, at this rate, every major neighborhood in the klang valley will have at least one burger-specializing cafe by the end of 2013 =) yeah, i think beef patties still pack a lot more juicy flavor compared to pork burgers. the one at old school is succulent, though the flavor might not be as punchy as beef =)

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  2. Burger outlets everywhere and its not all that are decent. Hard to get a good and satisfying patty with good bread in most places but again...there's the fun of eating burgers. Never know what we get until we unwrap...or rather bite into it.

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    1. Missyblurkit: true, you're right, without checking them out, we wouldn't know which burger places will pleasure our palates and which ones won't. And part of the fun is in finding out, either way, heheh =)

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  3. Never had burgers in KL or Penang or anywhere over at your side. I heard from Huai Bin that the ones with charcoal bread are pretty good. My burger posts coming up - tomorrow and the day after. :)

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, the charcoal bun has become well-known since mid-2012, thanks to its use by the myburgerlab outlet. Eventually it'll become used in burgers in Borneo too, I bet! Heheh =)

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  4. so point no.10 is true.. yay! ;) http://cikipedia.com/food-trends-for-2013

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    1. Ciki: accurate, affirmative, absolutely! We're firmly on the path to a city of better burgers! :D

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    1. Wong: heh, Old School is indeed porkalicious, but nom nom chomper and burger.it are no-pork eateries =)

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  6. I like the Marvel poster on the wall! Do they provide comics as well? hehehe

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    1. CK: I love those posters! I wish I had those posters when I was a teenager still in school. But no, only posters here, no comics :D

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  7. Char Siew banh mi! But Puchong is way too far from me la. I do like how these burger joints are all baking their own buns.

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    1. Kelly: heheh, yeah, i'd like to try old school's char-siew-&-pork-pate bahn mi too someday. it sure sounds good :D and ya, nom nom chomper says it bakes its buns fresh daily, and i think burger.it's buns might also be made in the restaurant's own kitchen. i guess that helps to make these burgers taste a bit more distinctive =)

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  8. Ohh...I heard Bandar Puteri Puchong. Wanna try it lar...I also wan to try 'somersby apple cider' ;-)

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    1. Melissa: yeah, if you're near puchong, then you can check out Old School. there's also nasi lemak with pork rendang here available for lunch (not for dinner). nice to pair with a refreshing cider beverage :D

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: Viva le burgers! :D

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  10. Burgers is in trend now!

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, ya, i like the trend, since i enjoy burgers very much :D

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  11. The burger at Nom Nom didn't seem to be too expensive and that's really good. But I'm bad with Puchong and thus I guess I'll never make it there.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, the very reasonable price is probably nom nom's best advantage (and it has a very convenient location for residents of kelana jaya). yeah, puchong's old school would be the most difficult of these three places for me to reach too :D

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  12. Oh my! Look what I've been missing out on!! Time to catch up when I'm back frm Bali!

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    1. TNG: ooh, i think u can start with either oldschool or with burger.it ... lotsa meaty options at both those outlets :D

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  13. Was looking for burgers around PJ area. Someone recommended Nom Nom. Had juicy lucy burger with kids yesterday. It was a chomper.
    Yum Yyum :-)

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    1. Mojo: glad to hear you enjoyed it! i should head back sometime for more burgers maybe :D

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