Ramly burger has been around for decades but has never lost its glory. The local favourite delicacy continues to shine, and it’s now sold on the other side of the world, New York City in the United States.
It’s sold on a food stand based in Queens by a group of 5 Malaysians, Carlos Hon, Zoe Tang, Abraham Chin, Bryan Chew and Calvin Leong, that form The Malaysian Project. Their mission was to serve food that reminds them of home and their culture. Not only do they get to do that, but they also get to share the delicious treat and with thousands of New Yorkers.
According to the Malaysian Project owner Calvin Leong, the burger is similar to the ayam special (patty encased in a fried egg) but with different seasonings to cater to the local tastebuds. The burger is seasoned with spicy mayo and Worcestershire sauce to give off the spicy and savoury taste. The burger is paired with a refreshing homemade soursop juice to complete the meal. If foodies are in the mood for dessert, the classic kaya toast is also another option.
It all started the members of the Malaysia Project received the opportunity to vend at a market in East Harlem. A lot has changed since then, as they have now sold their burgers in several other events all over the city including music festivals, street fairs and night markets.
The burgers are getting more popular day by day, especially since Insider Food released a video on it not too long ago with a brief interview with the owner, Calvin Leong. The street snack is now being exposed to Americans all over the city.
Considering how popular the snack is, it doesn’t come cheap either! The burgers are priced at $12 (RM51), which is quite the contrast compared to how much it is sold here (RM2 – 10). However, there is no doubt that it is indeed worth trying when you’re in New York City!
All photo credit: The Malaysian Project