Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Burger Battle Cook-Off @ myBurgerLab

Mondays are ordinarily when myBurgerLab addicts brace for withdrawal pangs & mourn outside the firmly shut entrance of their favorite restaurant. But every once in awhile, the outlet's staff congregates inside for a semiprivate cook-off, challenged to create trailblazing new recipes that _ maybe, just maybe _ could someday make it on myBurgerLab's menu.

Watching these patty prodigies work is inspiring; their enthusiasm feels infectious, their youthful energy becomes their best asset as they toil through this one-night burger boot camp, surviving a one-chance-only crash course in the culinary arts.

One by one, the experimental burgers are served by their makers, mainly students eager to excite a judging panel that must munch through multiple burgers.

This first offering, dubbed the "Zoidburger" by Hong, shows off admirable ambition, a skilfully realized cavalcade of complex textures & nuanced flavors. Its components would be enough for three burgers: a beef patty, tiger prawns, rempeyek crackers, blueberries, rocket leaves, curry mayo, olive oil, caramelized onions, lettuce, lemon, garlic, pepper & paprika.

We're haunted by the potential of Kar Weng's "Kokomo," topped with coconut strips & carbonara sauce. Maybe another ingredient _ kaya or a gula melaka glaze _ would help bring out the flavors better, but still, this one could be a template for a truly terrific knockout.

Here's what garnered the highest points from the jury, earning its creators Ian & Joe the night's top prize of RM236: "Monster Mash," a comfort-food combo of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, cherry tomatoes, sharp cheddar & spicy mayo with coriander.

"Love At First Bite," by Lucas & Jason: beef, spicy nachos, chocolate chips, enoki & shiitake mushrooms, raw onions, worcestershire sauce & cheddar cheese. An underrated pleasure, with resonantly savory notes playing off an undercurrent of cocoa sweetness.

Fiona's "Despicable Me" is easily lovable, featuring beef with fried pineapple, fried bananas & maple syrup. No-fuss fun; should please kids of all ages.

The Burger Battle's runner-up has the makings of an instant classic: "Whack-A-Mole" by Debra & Fu Jun, made uber-creamy with a thick, tangy topping of guacamole spiked with orange zest & lemon juice, spiced up with jalapenos.

Pile on the calories with "Say Mac & Cheese" by Cheah & Lim, an extravaganza of fried macaroni & cheese with green salsa, dried shrimp & more. Have this with chicken; it's a firecracker of flavor but far too rich to pair with beef.

The night's most innovative invention might belong to Hong, whose "Juxtapose" dessert burger of nut-crusted vanilla ice cream, hash brown, beef bacon, lychee jelly, peanut butter, blueberries & maple syrup is one for the history books. Quite a treat.

 This Lab's a hive of positive vibes even on normal nights. For the cook-off, it positively hums.

Cthulhu cometh: Here's a new entry to myBurgerLab's menu, with deep-fried "rock-hard" oysters & a black "evil" cocktail sauce. Soon to be infamous.

Sloppy Joe-style ground beef & chicken might soon also be available here, with the same beef that's used to prepare the burger patties.

MyBurgerLab takes plenty of pride in its ever-increasing range of sauces. Love the seaweed mayo. Thanks to the chaps here for the invitation to this excellent event.
Earlier entries on myBurgerLab: July 11, July 16 & July 29.

myBurgerLab,
Sea Park, Petaling Jaya.

41 comments:

  1. So you're one of the lucky few who gets to try all these creations? COOL!

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    1. Baby Sumo: heh, definitely feeling fortunate, thanks to the generous folks at myburgerlab. though now i feel super-full and maybe five kilograms heavier! :D

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  2. Aha...so u were a judge too...hehe =)

    My picks would be d Monster Mash, Despicable Me n Whack-a-Mole without d whack...hehe =)

    Imho...a little tomato concasse would work wonders to the Kokomo...or shud I say Tokomo...hahaha :p

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    1. Ulric: ooh, nice trio of choices, heheh. i think i can't really think about burgers right now, but i must say i probably enjoyed the 'despicable me' the most of those three, since its fresh-fruit sweetness was a nice counterpoint to the richness of the other burger recipes =) and it'll be very interesting to see how myburgerlab tweaks the formula for the coconut burger. i don't actually like coconut, but i think this one could be a winner once it's fine-tuned :D

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    2. I m still missing their juicy portobello fries! =(

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    3. Ulric: myburgerlab reopens in 16 hours! =)

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  3. Good seeing you again Sean. *hugs*

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    1. TNG: see you again really soon, i hope. whatsapp me! =)

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  4. I would never have thought of combining fried pineapple, bananas and maple syrup. Looks like a fascinating place, Sean.

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    1. Linda: oh yes, the staff at this outlet really let the juices of their imagination flow wild! :D

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  5. so many burger restaurant using bamboo charcoal bread

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    1. 十六: true, though its current widespread popularity in the klang valley can probably be traced to myburgerlab =)

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  6. You're the judge? Gosh! They all sure look tempting! God, forgive me! LOL!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heh, there was a fairly large judging panel of about nine burger lovers =) heheh, yes, supremely sinful stuff, devilishly loaded with calories! :D

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  7. Hey there,

    About to go to bed and just checked out these amazing pictures of burgers from myBurgerLab. A reminder to oneself not to go to your blog before going to bed as you're definitely going to be hungry :p 2 thumbs up to the team at myBurgerLab for these new burgers, they look amazing and I'm sure they taste just as good as they looked :)

    Another trip to myBurgerLab is in order for us. You must be TummyLicious by now Sean ;)

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    1. Yummylicious: heheh, i hope you had a good breakfast when you woke up :D yeah, myburgerlab can always be counted for for crazy-creative concoctions. they're the masterminds of burger madness! :D

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  8. Oh what a fun event! I do like the look of those charcoal buns.

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    1. The Yum List: a good experience definitely! :D

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  9. Woah. the winner gets a permanent spot in the menu? =)

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    1. Mizz Sharon: i think it's not guaranteed, but it sounds like all the burgers above are still under consideration and they'll decide later after they've done more tinkering =)

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  10. I want to try the Zoidburger, since there is tiger prawn. Hmmm the second one sounds interesting too, aiyo all sound good hard to choose. :P

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    1. CK: oh yeah, juicy prawns and jucy beef/chicken are a nice combination. heheh, ya, the coconut one is fun too. you're right, all of them are worth trying! it's hard to come here and choose only one burger :D

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  11. "Say Mac & Cheese" will get my vote because I am sucker for Mac & Cheese. HEhe.

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    1. Chong: heheh, there were a lot of smiles of delight when that burger appeared at our table! :D

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  12. They all look quite delish! Why is the prize money such as an odd number of RM236?

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    1. Footfringe: yeah, burger overload but so tasty! :D ooh, that was calculated based on the scores they received from the judges on the basis of deliciousness, presentation and originality =)

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  13. People are so creative! I like the sound of "Whack a Mole"...not sure if I could be tempted by the crazy "Juxtapose". My poor tum would get confused.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, their imagination ran wild! :D heheh, the whack-a-mole is definitely a treat for guacamole lovers, and i actually liked the juxtapose a lot. hot-cold and sweet-salty, it pushes all my buttons :D

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  14. Such an interesting and fun event! I didn't know burgers can be so versatile you can have dessert ones! Well done to all the participants, they certainly did a great job :)

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    1. Iamthewitch: oh yeah, each of the participants definitely has flair to spare! i hope some of them decide to become professional chefs in the future, or at least remain in the f&b scene =)

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  15. Interesting way to get new recipes:P

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    1. Missyblurkit: slave labor! :D

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  16. Aiya....I tot you were one of the participants :-)
    But this post is making me hungry at this hour lar... :-p

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    1. Melissa: heheh, i was participant in eating! and i'm still feeling stuffed right now after this heavy meal of burgers =)

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  17. Wow these bunch of people are really creative and your burger posts are spoiling my detox week!

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    1. Eiling: heheh, as soon as your detox week ends, head straight to myburgerlab to reward yourself! :D

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  18. how much is the food price?

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    1. Skyfire: some of the burgers are around RM15

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  19. hey sean, not sure if you know about this but burgerlab is actually giving out free cash vouchers through a small contest ran by some other discount giving company.

    here's the link to the contest:
    https://apps.facebook.com/easypromos/promotions/93581

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