One of the bigger benefits of McDonald’s self-service kiosks — besides skipping the queue at the counter — is that they give you the ability to customise your order to your heart’s content. We tried this overseas and were able to add a whole bunch of crazy things to it, creating a truly monstrous burger.
But what about in Malaysia? Now that we have self-service kiosks, how crazy could we really go? Well, there was really only one way to find out.
Most of you McDonald’s fanatics would probably have seen what some people have done with McD’s custom burgers. There are the type who add every conceivable option on their burger, while there are those who removed everything from their burger and either ended up with a slice of cheese or a bag of nothing. Yes, a bag of nothing that he paid 99p (around RM5.54) for.
Can you do that in Malaysia?
After spending our entire lunch hour in McDonald’s Bangsar trying to recreate the “everything burger” and the “nothing burger”, here are our findings:
The EVERYTHING burger
To create the ultimate monstrosity, we needed McDonald’s ultimate burger. We wanted to go for the new double Spicy Chicken McDeluxe, but that had super limited customisation options (lame), so we opted for the Mega Mac McValue Meal instead.
Unfortunately, even here the customisable options were very limited. All we could do was add extra sauce, 1X extra cheese, extra recon onions, extra lettuce, extra pickles and 1X extra beef patty. THAT’S ALL.
The resulting burger wasn’t nearly as impressive as a fully loaded burger should be. Still it was pretty funny to see the lady try her best to cram the burger — which was overflowing with onions, lettuce, and sauce — into the Big Mac box.
The NOTHING burger
This, was a far more successful effort because — in true Malaysian fashion — less is OK but more is frowned upon. So, we chose a Double Cheeseburger and got to work. Here’s what the final result looks like:
Truly, the only thing we couldn’t remove was the bun.
However, even though we removed everything from the burger, they still charged us the full price for an ala-carte Double Cheeseburger, RM8.20.
So, what did we learn today?
Well, we learned that while you can get much closer to the “nothing burger” than you can to the “everything burger”, it’s not very good value. We also learned that we are about as free to customise our burgers as our press is free to write about pressing issues.
What do you guys think of this? Have you given McDonald’s self-service kiosks a try? Let me know in the comments below!