Friday, June 7, 2013

YummyLicious & KGB Bangsar Killer Gourmet Burgers

Here's the definitive burger binge: A deep-dive exploration of two fledgling burger businesses, both run by couples who pour plenty of passion, skill & soul into their work: Yummylicious, an ambitious delivery initiative, & KGB Killer Gourmet Burgers, a fun cafe opening today in Bangsar.

First up, Yummylicious, which offers creative compositions that strike a satisfying balance between hearty & healthy. We're crazy for Yummylicious' chili crab burger (RM25), featuring a handcrafted, 120-gram crab meat patty sandwiched between green tea buns. Lusciously created for customers who love fresh crabs but loathe the cumbersome struggle with crustacean shells.

This is a two-person show: Jimmy & his wife, Adlin, cook everything at their Kota Damansara home, so most burgers must be ordered a day in advance before delivery, limited to nearby neighborhoods. The food is painstakingly made fresh; we received our burgers warmly packaged.

A huge Royal Swiss Mushroom Oblong Burger (RM27, sufficient for two), showcasing a unique 200-gram patty built with both Aussie beef & mutton for a potent flavor, cooked with no oil, MSG or preservatives, complemented by Swiss cheese, portobello mushrooms & extra virgin olive oil.

Rest assured, all the food is halal, including the K-Burger (RM22), chicken in charcoal buns, blanketed in Korean-inspired spicy sauce & cushioned by crisp lettuce.

Juicy Lucy (RM16), with a beef patty that features molten cheese inside instead of on top, reinterpreted further to illustrate Yummylicious' motto of "Eat Healthy, Be Happy." The beef's grilled without grease & oil, but marinated with a dash of extra virgin olive oil.

Here's one time we won't mind a walk on the Dark Side: Yummylicious' Vader Burger (RM16) is another black-bun beauty, boasting chicken katsu with a creamy sauce.

Still, the Force is strongest with the Yoda Burger (RM16), a shrimp burger stunner with a patty of European sweet shrimp & tiger prawns, topped with tartar sauce tinged with Italian herbs. Something as sensational like this makes us thankful that Jimmy & Adlin, both trained in law & self-taught in cooking, hope to open their own outlet sometime this year.

Prefer enjoying your burgers in a restaurant? We're all in luck: KGB Killer Gourmet Burgers launches today at Telawi, looking to live up to its murderously wicked name.

Many thanks to KGB's friendly spymasters, former accountants & current couple Steven & Jo, for extending this generous invitation to preview their American-style diner. KGB's claim to fame might be its signature buns, tattooed with its initials for a memorable coolness.

Begin with the basics: The Shack (RM13.90 nett), a tastily executed combination of a smashed patty & sharp cheddar cheese with a zesty NYC-inspired Shack sauce sandwiched in fresh, fluffy bread. It's what a cheeseburger oughta be; no more, nothing less.

KGB's inventiveness rears its sly head in Bash (RM18.90), topped not only with beef bacon relish & caramelized onions but also provolone cheese for savory, full-fat decadence & cornflakes for a honeyed, childhood-evoking crunch.

The Tornado (RM15.90) unleashes a torrent of hurricane-force flavors, partnering a grilled patty with fried egg, onion rings & 'fiery mayo' for a crispy-creamy flourish that's potentially powerful enough to sweep us off our burger-loving feet.

Approach with caution: The Bobcat burger (RM15.90) might prove as wild as its namesake, made dangerous (but not life-threateningly so) with luscious green chili slaw & jalapeno mayo. Possibly one of our favorite spicy burgers ever.

Bella Bomb (RM21.90), best for big eaters, boasting beef crowned with an enigmatically named "portobello cheese bomb" ...

... split open to reveal a battered mega-mushroom that's explosively stuffed with a lava-like mix of parmesan, cheddar & mozzarella. Messy to eat but magnificent to enjoy.

Chicken occupies a lonely slot on KGB's menu, represented solely by the Kick'N (RM15.90), with parmesan-crusted breast meat, sharp cheddar & wasabi mayo. Not as succulent as its bovine brethren, but nonetheless wholly worthwhile on its own terms.

Talk about a fatal attraction: As if customers need more reason to head here, potato pursuers will likely love KGB's multiple varieties of fries, from simpler ones dressed with salt & pepper, herbs, malt vinegar or Cajun spices ...

... to more luxuriously heart-stopping types, tossed with truffle oil, kimchi & bulgogi beef, or a short-rib sauce, coming close to the robustness of poutine.

With new luminaries like Yummylicious & Killer Gourmet Burgers roaring into the limelight & providing mouthfuls of positive energy, the Klang Valley's burgeoning burger cult can rest easy, recognizing there's lots of life left in the burger-barnstorming revolution.

Yummylicious
Contact number & ordering info: https://www.facebook.com/pages/YummyLicious/191168947643775?fref=ts
Payment via online banking necessary to confirm orders

KGB Killer Gourmet Burgers @ Telawi Bangsar,
23, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur,
Tel: 03-2201-1220
Open 5pm-11pm, except Tuesdays. Should open for lunch starting July.

Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my

64 comments:

  1. Yay, 1st comment! Thanks a lot Sean for this brilliant write up & pics. Our humble thanks for supporting small food businesses such as ours. After making trips to myBurgerLab & Burger Junkyard, time to make a visit to KGB very soon.

    Cheers bro and thank you for loving healthy-delicious burgers :) Hehehe

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    1. Yummylicious: hey, you're fast, this entry just got posted, haha =) thank you, jimmy ... it's people like you, adlin, steven & jo who make food blogging worthwhile for me. i hope you guys are all around to brighten up our f&b scene for many years to come. looking forward to catching up with you at your cafe eventually, and yes, i hope you enjoy trying the burgers at KGB Bangsar too. they're as hardworking and imaginative as you and adlin =)

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    2. Hey Sean,

      Thanks for those humbling words. Words such as these will definitely spur us to greater heights :)Through the support of food bloggers such as yourself, I'm sure we can make the F&B scene so much more livelier and exciting.

      Turk Burger coming soon along with our Yummy Roasted Chicken ;) Not forgetting, you have not tried our Jiro Burger with 28 ingredients yet.

      Until next time, see you soon Sean!

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  2. Erm... the FB isn't working. Anyway, burgers from both sound interesting and look appetising! I can't stop looking at the Yoda Burger and Bella Bomb!

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    1. Chong: oops, thanks for quickly spotting that. i've corrected the FB link, it works now =) and yeah, definitely worth trying a couple of burgers from both Yummylicious (the yoda's my favorite, along with the chili crab burger) and KGB Bangsar (yep, i like the Bella Bomb, as well as the Bobcat!) :D

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    1. 女飞侠: i hope you're able to get a good supper somewhere, ya! maybe a burger =)

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  4. I am certainly looking forward to checking out Yummilicious. The burgers are not the usual ones!

    And yes at KGB I think the Bobcat will be my obvious choice.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yep, a lot of thought put into Yummylicious' burgers. jimmy and adlin sometimes take a month to develop each burger recipe! :D
      and ya, the Bobcat burger by KGB Bangsar is the perfect choice for people who like 'pedas' food. and it's perfectly pedas. it stings the tongue in a pleasant way, slightly painful but not TOO painful! :D

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    2. Thank you Missyblurkit for your interest in our burgers. All our burgers are designed to be different and healthy-delicious. For more info on our delivery menu, please click on the following link :) https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.335577403202928.76982.191168947643775&type=3

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  5. Kick me and Tornado me at KGB...but missyblurkit is spot-on tat the burgers at YummyLicious are damned more interesting...crab and shrimp...not to mention Aussie beef n mutton, Juicy Lucy and both sides of the Force...may the Force be with them...to open their own burger joint! :P

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    1. Ulric: Kick'N is a good one at KGB, thanks to the kick-ass wasabi mayo (can definitely feel the tingle!). the tornado's terrific too, since the onion rings are ideally juicy-crunchy & the fried eggs run well =)
      Yummylicious is definitely worth ordering from, especially the unusual seafood burgers. the patties are really packed with crab meat and shrimp flesh, very succulent. hmmm, now i'm wondering whether jimmy's the star wars fan or his wife ... or maybe both! =)

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    2. Haha...then it will light vs dark...with a crabby person thrown in as a ref! :p

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    3. Ulric: heh. i want a chewbacca burger. though am not sure what kind of meat that would be =)

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    4. Think of chewy jerky bacon yang dibakar...hahaha ;p

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    5. Ulric: genius! burger joints should get you to help consult on their menus lar =)

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    6. Tat I requested a fried egg, beef bacon n turkey ham burger at Burger Junkyard...after a little barnstorming...we named it the Cluckin' BackHam-burger!...hahaha :p

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    7. Ulric: oooh, interesting combo, with both beef bacon & turkey ham in one burger. hmmm, too bad there's no duck meat served at Burger Junkyard so far hor. otherwise could make it a full attack of the fowl =)

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    8. Hahaha! A light meal after my weekly badminton session...so I m duckin' out from heavy meat tat day...hehe =)

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    9. Ulric: need more meat to replenish the muscles after a protein-draining workout. burgers do the trick =)

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    10. Hahaha...I think it fattens me up instead of resplenishing d muscles...lolz! =)

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    11. Ulric: it's ok, you can burn off any fat at the next badminton session! =)

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    12. Hey there Ulric & Sean, thank you for your kind words on our burgers :) Yup, we're working to set up our 1st outlet very soon, God-willing. As for Star Wars, we were working on a Chicken Katsu Burger when we bumped into Star Wars Malaysia Fan Club and they invited us to set up a stall for their charity screening of Star Wars.

      Looking at the burger, we just decided to call it Vader Burger ;) Felt it was right. Then we worked on a shrimp burger with green tea buns. Yoda Burger felt right too. Now The Force is balanced for now, well where the burgers are concerned LOL

      We are setting up a stall at Star Wars Weekend this week. Do drop by if you're Star Wars fans :)

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    13. Jimmy: ah great, thanks for the explanation. my interpretation was gonna be that vader = dark bun and yoda = shrimpy in size, but ok. nice work =)

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    14. Haha..shrimpy but packs a wallop of flavours! =)

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    15. Ulric: yes, must not underestimate the shrimp! :D

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  6. wow would reli want to check them out!!!!!!!

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    1. Cindy: hope you enjoy both Yummylicious & Killer Gourmet Burgers =)

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  7. wow! great place to have my burger. I wonder when will they be coming to Penang

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    1. Cquek: not sure if Yummylicious or KGB has any Penang plans right now, but hey, I hear there are quite a few interesting new burger joints up in your town now too! =)

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    2. Hi there Cquek, as for YummyLicious, we are working towards setting up our 1st shop somewhere in Petaling Jaya right now. Once we're ready, we hope to expand slowly throughout Malaysia. As of now, we have received requests from Penang, Ipoh, Johor Bahru and even from Singapore and Indonesia to open up YummyLicious outlets :)

      One step at a time. Penang will not be forgotten as the Pearl of the Orient is my hometown ;)

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  8. Hi Sean,

    I had to laugh when I saw the Yummylicious sign and tongue. Very creative name and logo. The swiss mushroom oblong burger sounds amazing!!!

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    1. Linda: heheh, that's definitely a cute and distinctive name card indeed! that oblong burger is massive, i couldn't really capture its immensity on my camera :D

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  9. I forgot to add that KGB's herb and malt vinegar fries sound so good!

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    1. Linda: yeah, i didn't sample the herb or malt vinegar fries, but i definitely enjoyed KGB's Korean-inspired fries that were tossed with kimchi and beef bulgogi. a great fusion recipe =)

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  10. Oh my, the cheese bomb! I'm drooling.

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    1. The Yum List: oh yeah, it's really cool that KGB does a twist on the portobello burger by stuffing a molten mix of three cheeses into the mushroom! :D

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  11. Good grief!!! Another one!!! Seeing all the endless posts on these burgers in so many blogs in so many places has put me off burgers for the rest of my life, and I do not even have to eat them, thank you very much. Sheer overkill!

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    1. Suituapui: heh, i guess burger non-fans will not be thrilled, but burger fans will definitely welcome the variety, as long as these businesses try hard to please, as both Yummylicious and KGB have done. i'm hoping for a burger outlet at my neighborhood of Sri Petaling someday =)

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  12. Mr. Mah hates to deal with the shell! So maybe we should try the chili crab burger. hehehehe

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    1. CK: yeah, i'm also not a fan of crab shells. my fingers are too big to scrape through the shells! ya, maybe if you feel like a crab burger someday, can try this one! =)

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  13. Wow I want to give that Yoda burger a try! Anything with a seafood patty ranks high on my list of must-trys. =D

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    1. DropsOfContentment: yeah, i have to say, i actually preferred the seafood patties (both the crab & the shrimp ones) compared to the chicken vader burger & the beef juicy lucy! :D

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  14. i kinda lost track of the burger craze awhile back.. but they do look delicious to me on your blog. Meat and buns .. buns and meat.. just give me the meat lah :P Well, if you say it's good.. i believe ya:)

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    1. Ciki: heh, yeah, the burger craze shows no signs of slowing down. we're definitely gonna be seeing even more burger joints in various parts of KL in the months ahead :D heheh, yeah, i usually prefer the meat to the buns too. thanks! =)

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  15. another burger joint?! gosh, this is too much to try out!

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    1. Ai Wei: heheh, ya, but it's good to have burger outlets to cater to different neighborhoods. one by one, slowly we can finish trying all of them :D

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    2. agree!!! finish them one by one!!!

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    3. Ai Wei: looking forward to seeing what the next burger outlet will offer :D

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  16. OMG! I feel so outdated....couldn't catch up....
    No doubt the above burger look very juicy and yummy :-)

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    1. Melissa: I guess u can choose the burger outlets that are most convenient for your location and also look the most promising for you. Yeah, I like my burgers as juicy as possible, heheh! :D

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    2. Did Melissa just mentioned both Juicy and Yummy? So awesome! LOL

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    1. Wong: i love that! it could be a very nice motto for these burgers! :D

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  18. Hello Sean, sorry for not visiting your blog in a while, just got back from hol and am catching up with your posts now. These two burger places look great - love the spiced fries too from KGB.

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    1. Baby sumo: hope u had a great holiday with the family! I think I saw some Scottish photos that you posted, and i really look forward to reading about your food adventures! :D oh yeah, fans of fries have a wide variety to choose from at KGB =)

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  19. I have been dying to try yummylicious since forever. Never really had the chance, mainly because I don't normally plan for delivery meal. But I always wonder about their burgers everytime I need food delivery. Too bad they don't do instant delivery. I look forward to their burgers.

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    1. Sycookies: true, it took me quite a few weeks to find a day when i was free enough to order the burgers in advance from yummylicious. but i guess it's understandable right now, as they're a small team and their burgers take a lot of time to prepare, and they have to make their orders fresh =)

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  20. Thank you Sycookies for keeping in touch with YummyLicious :) We're working towards setting up our 1st shop soon to make it easier for customers to have our healthy-delicious food without compromising on freshness and quality. Give us time and we will improve, God-willing :)

    And thanks Sean for driving all the way to Kota Damansara to self pick up your order. Navigating through PJ on a Friday traffic can't be easy. Cheers for the support!

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    1. Jimmy: it was a pleasure :D

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  21. Went there few days ago, bump into the newly open shop when i was window shopping around that area with my brother. i love the kimchi fries (super love as i am a kimchi fans) and portobello cheese bomb. it will be a top seller if they make it as a side dish order. XD but i think it will be a very expensive side dish eh? (since portobello isn't cheap here.)

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    1. Jean: yay! ya, the kimchi fries are addictive! and the portobello cheese bomb is terrific too. true, i think a portobello side dish would cost nearly RM10 at a restaurant. should still be OK though, good idea =)

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  22. Excellent meal last night, great burgers and amazing service - just some suggestions;
    1. Buy some toothpicks.
    2. Provide a different tray for the fries sauces so that the fries can be dipped fully into the sauces.
    3. Music was a bit loud.
    4. Bar stools were not comfortable as the upper part of the back rest not aligned to the posts of the back rest.
    But well done for a new outlet. I will be coming back.
    Ralph

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