Samurai Burger Mcdonald’s Review – I don’t understand

Mcdonald’s Creamy Herb Chicken Pie – S$1.80

Yes, I know that’s not the Samurai Burger in the featured image. But that is the new menu item and probably the more exciting one. (And also because I think it looks better in pictures)

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A similar packaging to the famous Apple Pie, but with custom illustrations.

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Swirly patterns can be observed – instantly reminding me of modern curry puffs or certain puff pastries.

Texture wise, the crust certainly reminds me of curry puff. Thick, big chunks of chunky, and certainly not delicate like desserts are. The construction of chicken pies are of course expected to be thick, as they are containing a creamy interior that is essentially thick soup.

Fillings could be creamier, as it was essentially a thick paste. Unfortunately the size of the chicken pie is ultimately the downfall of this pie, as I didn’t feel like I was eating a chicken pie, as the crust to filling ratio is almost a 50-50, which is not an ideal mouth feel. Flavour wise, the filling also wasn’t herby. The pitiful amounts of filling meant that the other ingredients of chicken and vegetables are essentially not tasted.

Dissecting the Samurai Burger

Mcdonald's Samurai Chicken Burger 2

Chicken Samurai Burger – S$6.10 ala carte

  • S$8.00 for meal (fries + drink)

You might think it looks like shit, but I ain’t here to please Mcdonald’s.

Mcdonald's Samurai Chicken Burger 3

Chicken is well coated with a sauce, topped off with some lettuce. A generous heap of mayonnaise is applied.

Mcdonald's Samurai Chicken Burger 4

Nothing is under the chicken.

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Cross section of the bun is alright. Meat to bun ratio is rather poor, but it is a fast food restaurant.

Tasting the burger, I have no understand why people keep demanding this burger to come back. Chicken is tender, which is an easy feat to achieve considering it is chicken thighs used. The sweet sauce accompanied with the mayonnaise however made the burger weird to eat. It doesn’t have a Japanese umami that the word “Samurai” would suggest, and the liberal use of mayonnaise made certain bites sickeningly sweet.

Rating for Samurai Chicken Burger and Creamy Herb Chicken Pie

I rate food based on how far I am willing to travel, as well as whether I think the price I paid for it justifies it. You can read more about why here.


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 I have never gotten the hype about why people love the samurai burger, and perhaps never will. Maybe all these people just like chicken thighs, or maybe they just want to eat Mcdonald’s “healthily” with the grilled meat, or maybe sugar is the shitz. Chicken pie also didn’t fare too well here, and at S$1.80 a piece it’s just not worth a trip.


 For what it is worth, the chicken is real chicken thighs. Other than that I don’t find any raving points to be found. Chicken pie is to be skipped.

But I’m just a fat boi… What do other people think?

The Media

PrisChew liked it.

SpringTomorrow liked it.

EatBook got a sponsored post.

Hard to find written community reviews for some reason.

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