Location: Taipei Songshan Airport, Tai Wan
Recipe Style: Dinner/ Lunch
Cuisine: Japanese, American
What makes a great burger? It’s a billion dollar question. World famous McDonald’s sales hundreds and thousands Big Macs each year. What about Burger King’s Whopper, In-N-Out’s Animal Style or KFC’s Double Down (ok, Double Down might be in the category of sandwich)? Anyway, my point is everyone loves a big fat juicy good burger. If you knew the secrets of making a perfect burger, you must be fxxing rich.
However, a perfect burger doesn’t always have to consist with two 1.6oz beef patties, American cheese, lettuce, pickles, onions, special sauce, and sesame seeds buns, if you know which burger I am talking about.
There is a Japanese fast food chain called MOS burger. It’s neither your typical japanese restaurant nor a traditional fast food chain by definition. Although they do sale regular burgers in buns, it’s specialised in making rice burgers, a burger which is created by using fried rice patties instead of bread buns. I like to think of it as a modern inventor of fusion food, a pioneer in mixing Asian and American cuisines rather than an ordinary fast food chain.
My loving hubby is a huge fan of fast food, and I’m saying it as a compliment. No matter when I’m tired of cooking or can’t think of what to eat, dining in or take out from any one of these fast restaurants is just as good if not better than my home cooking. He is the true expert in fast food, with his various phone apps and great monthly deals. We had so much fun when playing with McDonald’s Monopoly games.
He is also the very person who introduced me to MOS burger, which led me onto the path of fast food with no turning back. It was a summer trip when we visited Taipei the first time. He showed me the existence of this considerably healthier Asian burger restaurant. He have had it in the US, and was very familiar with MOS burger’s special oriental burger menus. (By the way, he also introduced me to TGI Fridays and Vapiano. Ok, I should probably go to measure my waistline now.) After that we also had a chance in tasting it in Tokyo, a franchise restaurant next to the Ueno Park, which is one of the best spots for watching cherry blossoms in Tokyo if you don’t mind of the crowd.
Beside of MOS burger’s rice burgers, they also provide all kinds of fish and shrimp burgers. It’s perfect for a seafood lover like me, no need to stuck with those boring beef and chicken burgers again, but be aware of their small portions.
MOS burger has franchises in many asian countries, why not give it a try when you have a chance or visit our YouTube channel for my cooking video on how to make a rice burger.