Saturday, 5 May 2012

Biting into the meaty stuff

In the days of secondary school, a few friends and I pooled some funds and went into part-time business of selling burgers and ABC (or ais kacang). We did it during one of the term breaks when our school had encouraged the students to set up stalls to sell stuff among ourselves. Part of early exposure to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship.

We sold a variety of burgers. Apart from the standard piece of beef or chicken patty sandwiched in a bun, we had other setups such as cheeseburger, egg burger, baby burger, mama burger and papa burger. I cannot now recall what makes up each of these burger variety but I'm sure papa burger was the whopper of the lot. It had two burger patties with two eggs plus a cheese slice topping. It was a hit among the students and overall, we made a tidy profit, even after splitting it 5-ways.

At that time I thought, if I ever not make it in my studies, I can always fall back to selling burgers... and I didn't think anybody could be as creative as us in inventing burger menus. Yesterday, I found one burger stall that has gone on with ideas way beyond what I had imagined more than 30 years ago.

I first read about Planetz Burger in a local food blog JB Food Club, a few weeks ago. From the review and the pics that were shown, I knew I had to give the place a try. As I was driving home from work yesterday evening, I passed the area where the stall is located and made a split-second decision to search for it.

Planetz Burger is a simple push-cart roadside stall located in front of a row of shophouses, somewhere in Taman Munsyi in Tampoi. It is just like any other burger stalls you find at roadside corners operating next to mamak restaurants or in front of 7-Elevens... except this one has variety. I wouldn't dare to try describe them all but you can have mayami burgers, mushroom burgers, combo burgers (double, triple or even quadruple!), fries and nuggets too. And the burgers themselves can either be chicken or beef or mutton or rabbit. Take your pick. Have a look at the photos in their Facebook page and you'll know what I mean. Generally, the burgers are meant to be bought as take-aways to be eaten at home but if you can't suppress your hunger and wait till you get home, you can sit at the simple folding table to chow on your meat. Planetz Burger also sell simple squash drinks to help you water down your meal.

Ok then, we are spoiled for choice... but what about taste, I hear you ask? Well, my first order from this stall was a mayami mutton special combo cheeseburger. It had the whole works : double mutton patties, egg, cheese, salad greens, onions and black pepper sauce. Real messy to eat but the taste was exquisite.

The simple burger stall. Pic from Planetz Burger FB.
Mayami combo poster. Pic from Planetz Burger FB.
Cholesterol-laden goodness
I am definitely stopping by this place again soon to try the other versions. You can really make a decent honest living selling burgers from a roadside stall, if you are creative enough.

12 comments:

Noir HA said...

Salam Oldstock

This post came a little too late. I just got back from driving up North.

The Mayami Combo looks good.

koolmokcikZ said...

next time i go JB kena cari ni

Papa-NtiQ said...

hi there bro Oldstock... the pictures look very tempting...i will try some of their burgers one day...by the way went to an arabic restaurant at taman U few weeks ago...delicious! take a look at the pics that i had just uploaded today...highly recommended!

3yearshousewife said...

This reminds me of a burger stall I used to frequent in Jalan Silang, K.L somewhere in the 90's. This guy set up his stall in front of McD and yet people are queuing for his burgers. Definitely can make a decent honest living.

Oldstock said...

Noir, don't worry. There is always a next time. I'm sure the stall will be there for some time yet :-)

Oldstock said...

Koolmokcik,

The exact location may be a bit difficult to find if you are not familiar wtih JB. But let me know if you need detailed directions.

Oldstock said...

Papa antik,

I've read about that Arab restaurant in Taman U. Will try make my way to that place one day.

Oldstock said...

As, some time back, I saw a youtube video about a burger stall somewhere in Jalan Kolam Air in Ampang. Om-burger so something... People were saying that the burgers were delicious, so I checked out the place and gave it a try. Taste not too bad but too oily for me..

Nurie said...

Burger tepi jalan (as my kids call em) memang paling sedap! It is on our list on what to eat in malaysia every year!

zafi said...

uhh.. craving! eating arabic burger here agak tasteless! :(

Oldstock said...

Noorsham,

BTJ at some stalls can be quite good. Better than McD's. But the ones I grill at home are the best, hehe...

Oldstock said...

Zafi,

Didn't know that arabic burgers over there are tasteless. I had always liked the Turkish donner kebabs, which I think taste better than burgers.