The burger has taken over the world! From massive multinationals like McDonald’s, to tiny burger joints in local market so the old quarters of small town India, from gourmet meals to birthday parties, it is everywhere!
And here’s the deal, the burger has evolved with local flavours and ingredients, garnished with chutneys and sauces. Sample these:
Rou Jia Mo (Chinese Hamburger)
Name: Rou Jia Mo (Chinese Hamburger)
What’s different: Rou Jia Mo or ‘meat in a bun’, originated in Shaanxi Province of China, and in 2016, it was declared as the Shaanxi Province’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. The bun is a lookalike of a pita-bread and is filled with meat, which is prepared either with chopped pork, beef, lamb or chicken, slow-cooked with ginger, cloves, coriander and star anise, and garnished with cilantro.
The Tennessee BBQ Burge
Name: The Tennessee BBQ Burger
Where: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
What’s different: Memphis is the known across the globe for their BBQ sauce. So, undoubtedly, their burgers also have a generous amount of sauce over the ground beef patty, and is loaded with melted cheddar cheese, fried egg, pulled chicken and crunchy onion frizzle. Few recipes also feature whiskey as one of the ingredients
What’s different: It is uncertain whether the burger was first invented in USA or Germany. However, some historians state that Otto Kuase of White Castle, which is in Hamburg, Germany, was the inventor of the favourite fast food, which had a beef patty cooked in butter, topped with fried egg, placed between the toasted bread. It may have been popularised by German sailors who visited New York during industrialisation.
Burger with a Lot
Name: ‘The Lot’ Burger
What's different: Thought to have originated in the 1960s, it continues to be an undisputed item on menus in Australia. As the name suggests, ‘a lot’ goes into the preparation of this burger along with the usual— beef patty, lettuce, bacon, tomatoes and cheese. There is pickled beetroot, grilled pineapple and a fried egg, too. These are also referred as ‘burgers with the lot’. Who’s disputing?
What: Mexican Burger
What’s different: When in Mexico, salsa! So in goes cheese, ham, sour cream, avocado slices or guacamole jalapeños and salsa! We love!
Burgers in India
What: Aloo Tikki, Paneer Burger and Chicken Burger
What’s different: Even a multi-national like Mc Donald’s had to allow the humble aloo tikki an entry into its league of International bestsellers. A burger in India typically has a deep-fried vegetable or meat patty, a slice of cheese, tomatoes, onions and is flavoured with condiments. Seasoned and deep-fried paneer and chicken are also widely preferred between the buns in India. Don’t be disappointed, if you are looking for authentic burger, there are restaurants that serve that as well.
Black Bun Burger
What: Rice Bun Burgers, Teriyaki Burgers and Black Bun Burger
What’s different: Japan seems to love experimenting. When in Japan, you can see some unusual burgers like Black Bun Burgers, Rice Bun Burger, Shirasu Burger (a deep-fried fish cake with fried or raw baby sardines), Teriyaki Burger (patty coated with Teriyaki sauce), Fried Shrimp Burger and many other varieties. There’s a lot that fishy in there, isn’t it!
(You can now enjoy burgers from around the world at the 3rd edition of Hard Rock Cafe’s World Burger Tour at the Hard Rock Cafe outlets in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad until July 31, 2017.)
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