I love Hamburgers. Like many Americans, I was raised on them. On weekends, my dad would take me to get my beloved McDonald’s Hamburger. In the summer, my mom would grill up delicious home made bacon cheese burgers. And on my birthday, I always received hundreds of mini white castle burgers. In short, I ate them all the time. As a result, I suffer from an acute hamburger addiction.
Unfortunately, no one does Hamburgers like America. It is a fact that doesn’t mix well with my other addiction, that being travel. So, how do I avoid the hamburger withdrawal shakes and cravings? I eat whatever poor excuses for Hamburgers that I can find. Though they never fully do the trick, some have managed to come close.
The Japanese Hamburger
Perhaps the lamest excuse for a hamburger that I have ever eaten comes from the diner’s of Japan. Though it looks delicious as a plastic display, it tastes like a sweaty salty piece of aging meatloaf. I only eat this when my cravings become unbearable and if there are no McDonalds around. Japan’s Hamburgers aren’t all bad however. In fact, ironically, they make a Big Mac that rivals any McDonalds in America. Since I’m on Japan, I can’t leave out Moss Burger, which makes a pretty tasty Japanese style burger.
The Indian Hamburger
Another “Hamburger” which does little to quell ones hamburger cravings comes from India. Since cows are considered sacred, Indian hamburgers don’t even feature the most essential hamburger ingredient, beef. Instead they are often filled with fried vegetables or potatoes. If you ask me, every chef who calls these things hamburgers should be shot for false advertisement and desecrating the very essence of the Hamburger.
The South Korean Hamburger
Alas, only a few months ago, I came across a Hamburger, outside the US, that was actually worthy of its title. It is, South Korea’s Kraze Burger.
Forged from a tender slab of ground beef, this burger was cooked until medium rare perfection. Despite conditionsof high levels of delectable fatty grease, it held its form remarkably well. With great precision, it was ornately decorated by a thin slice of tomato, egg, onions, bacon, sweet pickles, ketchup, mayonnaise, pepper and truffle oil. The combination of which can only be described as orgasmic. In less than one minute, it was a gone; A testament not only to it’s deliciousness but also to the ephemeral and transient nature of beauty, perfection, and life. Aesthetically pleasing and delightfully delicious, the Kraze Burger is, Americas next top model…I mean, the best Hamburger outside the USA.
So impressed by this angelic Hamburger, I decided to take a picture of myself with the chef. For those of you who know me, you know I’m not fond of having my picture taken.
So, if you’re an American in Asia and in need of a Hamburger fix, head over to South Korea to try their Kraze Burger. Though it’s pricy, you won’t be disappointed.
If you have a favorite Hamburger outside the USA, feel free to share them below.