Tasting Burger King's Elusive Tempura Whopper...in Hong Kong
Just when you thought that fast food chains couldn't muck up a proper burger any more than Costa Rica's Queso Fundido Whopper or Singapore's Prosperity McRib, along comes a worth challengers: Burger King's Tempura Whopper Jr.
Tempura...whopper?! Yep, although those two simple words on the menu board are deceiving; it's not the patty of meat that's been tempura-cooked, but instead the regular Whopper gets added to it a patty of tempura'd vegetables, atop the meat. Throw in a drizzle of sweet tempura sauce, and it's all ready to be bitten into at a BK in HK.
Although we're not big fans of Burger King and can't remember the last time we had a Whopper, the tempura version proved too tempting. It's all about the novelty, you see! And we weren't the only visitors taken in by the promise of a unique and cheap lunch; the Burger King we visited in Mong Kok was packed with a mix of locals and ballcap-wearing Brit tour-takers.
What it tastes like:
You know, it was actually quite good. The thick patty of red meat and the fact that it's fast food means we wouldn't want to have the time (or even again), but we can imagine that the textural combination of the crunchy tempura veggies and squishy everything else could transform into a lovely version of a regular burger cooked on the barbeque, if you're feeling creative and happen to now how to tempura. Til then, just stick to crispy onion strings at your local Applebee's.
The price: Just the sandwich was $18 HKD ($2.31). Add fries and a drink to bring that total to $29 HKD ($3.74 USD).