Reality Check: Prosperity Burger from McDonald's Hong Kong
From February 9 to 17, I visited Hong Kong on a trip sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. Here's a look at something I ate during my trip. Make sure to check out my other Snapshots from Hong Kong.
My main reasons for eating at McDonald's are 1) when I'm at the airport and there's nothing better to eat, and 2) when I'm in a foreign country and there's something new to try. The latter is how my last meal in Hong Kong ended up being at McDonald's.
The occasion for the visit: the limited-time-only (and no longer available), Chinese New Year-themed Prosperity Burger (also sold in Malaysia, China, Indonesia, and Singapore), featuring an elongated beef or chicken patty coated in pepper sauce on a sesame seed bun. The chicken patty gets topped with shredded lettuce while the beef patty gets sprinkled with chopped onions.
First thought: attractiveness level, not so good.
Then I turned it around. Ah, much better. The patty looked like it had been born from the same mother/mold as the McRib.
Overall, the burger wasn't that bad for HKD$17.30 (about $2.25). The meat tasted a bit like pork breakfast sausage even though it was a beef patty. Not bad, just unexpected. The sauce lent an inoffensive mild peppery and sweet flavor to the adequately moist patty. The onion was the weakest part—the portion was so small it was barely perceptible. I wish the burger had had more textural contrast—the soft, fluffy bun with tender patty and smattering of onion bits meant it tasted like uniform soft-on-soft. Maybe I would've been better off with the lettuce-topped chicken version.
Twister Fries (HKD$7.20), another limited-time item, taste pretty much like all other curly fries, with the requisite orange-tinting seasoning. They were crisp and well seasoned all around, as McDonald's fries tend to be.
Thanks to Rachel Balota for sharing the McDonald's joy with me.
About the author: Robyn Lee is the editor of A Hamburger Today and takes many of the photos for Serious Eats. She'll also doodle cute stuff when necessary. Read more from Robyn at her personal food blog, The Girl Who Ate Everything.