It is that time of the year again. Time to stuff our faces with yu sheng, pineapple tarts, bak kwa… and McDonald’s prosperity burgers.
McD’s much awaited Chinese New Year offerings have many takers, those who wait patiently for their yearly fix of black pepper-sauce slathered beef and chicken burgers and curly fries. The limited-edition menu, available throughout the lunar new year period, also features a hot taro pie and a sugary Lychee McFizz drink ($2.35) and honey lemon chicken drumlets ($2 for two pieces).
The many loyal fans this seasonal menu has, tempted us to do a detailed taste test and bring you our verdict. This is what we ate, and why we liked it.
Peppery, saucy goodness in the Prosperity chicken burger | Photo: HungryGoWhere
Sides to the burger are the Twister fries and Lychee McFizz | Photo: HungryGoWhere
"These are in our opinion McDonald’s best seasonal offering. The best part is easily the full-bodied sauce, with just the right amount of peppery kick."
The burgers: Prosperity beef and chicken burgers These are in our opinion McDonald’s best seasonal offering. They can be ordered a la carte (single patty $5.20, double patty $7.05) or as part of a meal (with regular fries and soft drink, single patty $7.20, double patty $8.60).
Both meat patties are succulent, with a full-flavoured black pepper sauce slathered on, garnished with slivers of onions and then sandwiched in a mini-baguette sized sesame toasted bun. The best part is easily the full-bodied sauce, with just the right amount of peppery kick. We found ourselves dipping even the fries in the sauce that oozed off the side of the burgers.
Between the two, the beef patty is a better match for the black pepper sauce and the crunchy onions add good texture. Our only wish? The buns have a bit more hold and do not disintegrate as easily with the sauce-to-sandwich ratio. Size-wise this is a substantial offering even with a single patty.
The fries: You cannot go wrong with curly fries. Chewy, curled potato fries that are lightly coated with seasoning and perfectly fried. This one has both crisp and potato-ey bits and many, many takers. Us included. The popular Twister fries can be ordered a la carte ($2.80 for medium, $3.15 for large) or top up $1 to any value meal to opt for these.
The drumlets: The weakest option from the prosperity menu. The drumlets are underwhelming, cooked with a seasoning we could barely taste and texture that felt stale. Skip this one.
The drink: A fruity, fizzy drink that may be a tad too sweet when ordered on its own. Although, when paired with the burger’s peppery-pungent sauce, the lychee drink is a welcome respite in between bites.
Value for money: The prices are in line with McDonald’s seasonal offerings, such as the McAloo Tiki ($3.40), the Samurai Burger (meal, $7.95) and the Ebi Burger (single patty, meal, $6.40).