McD’s Ha Ha Cheong Gai Burger Review: Tastes More Like Zinger Instead of 虾酱鸡

Before I even begin, I’ve just one issue to nitpick about: Har Cheong Gai literally translate to 虾酱鸡, which means “prawn paste chicken”.

The name of this new burger is called Ha Ha Cheong Gai Chicken Burger: since “gai” also means chicken, doesn’t it mean that it’s “Prawn Paste Chicken Chicken Burger”?

No wonder it starts with HA HA.

Alright, now that’s done with, let’s cheong for the review (cheong for it, geddit?)

The McDonald’s Ha Ha Cheong Gai Chicken Burger

Now, on first glance, the size is going to shock you. I mean, it’s about twenty-two times bigger than the Nasi Lemak Burger, so the image you see online certainly doesn’t do it justice.

However, look at it from the side and it’ll look…meh. Just the size of the normal burger.

We all became dogs and sniff the burger

When the burger came to our doorstep, a few of us were transformed into dogs, jumping four-leggedly towards it and just smelling it.

That’s understandable; after all, Har Cheong Gai usually has a strong, distinct smell, and it should overwhelm the entire office in a matter of seconds.

And yet when we smell it? It smells just like Zinger burger. Literally.

One of us has to check the box to ensure that we weren’t trolled by McDonald’s.

Turns out that it’s the buns – for some reason, they might have done a Daryl Aiden Yow by buying a stock Zinger burger, repackage it and sell it as a new burger #justsaying

The crux of this smell taste is simple: it doesn’t smell like one.

So, does it taste like one?

The Taste

No, it doesn’t. I’ll give credit where credit is due: when I focus all my energy into thinking that it’s really Har Cheong Gai inside and not McSpicy, my inner tastebuds manage to sense a bit of that saltiness and sweetness of Har Cheong Gai. But once I lose my focus, it starts to taste like something else.

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