The Burger Man of Tanjung Bungah

It’s been a while since I ate from the “Burger Man,” so I did it last night. I ordered a chicken burger with everything.

Now the burger man in Tanjung Bungah has been around for more than a generation. He’s been setting up shop in our beachfront town for more than 30 years. I don’t know precisely how long, but way longer than my mere 10 years I’ve been eating from him.

burger 1People line up for his burgers, beef and chicken patties, and his chicken or beef hot dogs because they are unique. It’s not your normal American burger, and actually the meat itself is not the driver of the food. It’s his unique take on the burger which makes it special.

What is his take? First off, red cabbage. He piles high the red cabbage on the grill, mixing it with sauteed onions. It’s a delight to see. He presses the burgers hard on the grill, as he also does with the split hot dogs, getting rid of all the excess moisture. Then when ready, he places an egg mixture on the grill, putting the burger on the egg, and folding the egg around the burger. He plops it on a butter toasted roll, adds the grilled vegetables and sauce, and it’s ready to go.

The burger man of Tanjung Bungah. I wonder if that’s a good name for a novel?

burger 2

A CLOSE(R) Up View of Where I Live

There’s been SO much written about Penang and Malaysia over the last year or two in regards to what a fabulous place to live, retire, and EAT!!!

Most of the articles focus in on Penang Island as a whole but here’s a new one that even gets a much more personal. The author of this article focuses on Tanjung Bungah (Flower Cape!) which is a small community nestled on the beach in between the better known Ferringhi Beach to its west and the heritage city of Georgetown to its east.

But as the article explains, Tanjung Bungah is a really great place to live. The street food is wonderful. The first picture of the man cooking burgers is who we call simply “The Burger Man” – and the Char Kway Teoh (noodle stall) is literally a three minute walk from my house. Yum! A big burger topped with caramelized red cabbage and onions will set you back about 5 RM or a $1.50. The Char kway teoh is around the same price.

I get to enjoy these on a daily basis. Tanjung Bungah is a beautiful and great place to live.

Check out the full article HERE!