I was highly amused to find out that there was actually an entry detailing the history of the Ramly Burger in wikipedia!
Even more surprised to discover that it is banned! I can’t wait to hear about someone being charged for peddling Ramly burgers! And this after eating the most delicious Ramly burger I ever tasted in my entire life, replete with all the condiments and so-called “Worcestershire sauce” which I don’t even think most Malay burger sellers would even know about!
The Ramly Burger, also known as the Burger Ramly, is a Malaysian hamburger created by Ramly Moknin popular in Malaysia and Singapore. While the term “Ramly Burger” may refer to any of the hamburgers sold in a Ramly Burger stall, it most commonly refers to the Ramly Burger Special. While the amount and type of ingredients vary greatly depending on location, a typical Ramly Burger consists of a beef or chicken patty, margarine, onions, an egg, cabbage, mayonnaise, and Worcestershire sauce. This list is subjective, however, as Ramly Burgers are famous for being highly customizable.
BURGER Ramly started out in 1979 as a small family business operated from a mobile kiosk on Lorong Haji Hussin in Kuala Lumpur. The family recipe soon became a hit among Malaysians.
The Ramly Burger is distinctive from most other hamburgers due to the unique way in which the ingredients are served. Rather than the usual method of stacking the ingredients within the bun, the patty in the Ramly Burger is first covered with the desired condiments, then wrapped in a thin layer of egg. The end result is packet-like and enhances the texture of the burger while simultaneously reducing mess from the condiments.
Despite its popularity among Singaporeans, the Ramly Burger is banned in Singapore, along with all other Malaysian beef products. However, several stalls have smuggled the burger, albeit illegally, into the country. In particular, Ramly Burger stalls are rampant in pasar malams, which are harder to track due to their itinerant nature.
Some have expressed health concerns over the Ramly burger, due to the liberal amounts of condiments typically lathered on the burger.
There are even instructions, quoted from the Straits Times on how to cook the Ramly burger! Hahahaha!
I love Ramly burgers.
They should not be banned. Maybe I should start a petition to protect the rights of the Ramly burgers. Its after all a truly orgasmic experience. 😀
[Okay I have amended my entry, noting how two people have informed me that the Ramly Burger is not banned but a search on the internet shows me otherwise. From meatnews.com:
“The number of stalls in one selling Ramly burgers has at least doubled in the past two years, according to an Associated Press report. Still, despite the popularity, they are banned in Singapore. Those selling or smuggling the spicy burgers risk a fine and jail. Importing of beef and beef products from Malaysia is not permitted.”
And in Asiacuisine.com.sg:
“We had squeezed with the crowds in Chinatown and gorged ourselves silly with street food (the Ramly burger done ‘special’ style, with a thin film of fried egg folded over the delicious patty, unfortunately banned in Singapore due to its high level of MSG, tops our list).”
I checked AVA’s site but I can’t seem to find anything on Ramly burgers per se. I know its illegal to import Malaysian-processed meat products into Singapore. Someone did got charged before for importing a few kilos of the Ramly Burger patties which were originally made in Malaysia. So am I right to say that there’s a Singaporean factory making Ramly burger patties now?]