Before burger bakar and gourmet burgers became a thing, street burgers ruled. Among the thousands of burger stalls in KL, one of them enjoyed a legendary reputation as the sloppiest, greasiest but also being the best. And that’s Om Burger.
Due to its immense popularity, it’s one of the things I wanted to try ever since relocating to KL. However, I never did so because it seemed a bit far fetched for me to travel all the way to Ampang for a burger.
Anyway, long story short, I just dropped by last night after all these years. It’s actually not as far as I imagined, since it’s just a stone throw’s away from SPCA Selangor where I adopted my dog. Being the only burger stall along the street and located right in front of a 7 Eleven, you certainly won’t miss it.
If you are wondering, yes that’s not the uncle whom you’d expect to see appearing in the various articles and blogs. He’s actually the son and his father had gone for prayers when we reached the stall. Nevertheless, he was a friendly and confident chap and knows what he’s doing.
One thing you’d notice at Om Burger is the number of precooked patties and sausages lying around, as if they are waiting for their intended customers later that day.
Maybe they are expecting a huge influx of orders later so they are precooking the patties to save time. Regardless, it’s a bizarre sight because it’s so unorthodox.
Choices are aplenty and there’s something for everyone whether it’s a simple and normal RM3 chicken burger, or an elaborate Triple Oblong Kambing Special which will set you back RM19.
I am not sure if Om Burger appreciates being called the ‘greasiest’ burger in KL, but you can probably see how that came about.
Instead of applying just the necessary amount of margarine to pan fry the patties and sausages, a lot of it is used which produces a deep frying effect. The patties are really just simmering in a pool of melted margarine.
Because of that, the burger’s patties had a crispier than usual texture and it was in fact quite dry as opposed to being tender. As far as sloppiness is concerned, it’s actually not that bad considering I have seen much sloppier ones. That said, we managed to finish it in a rather civilized manner without much trouble. Overall, it’s a decent tasting burger that won’t disappoint if you’re hungry.
But is it the best as claimed by many bloggers and food portals? With all due respect to Om Burger’s reputation and dedication in their line of work, I have to wholeheartedly disagree.
I can easily think of a few other burger stalls that are much better than Om Burger. To give you an example, that would be the Ramly burger stall just outside Nilam Puri condominium in Bandar Bukit Puchong. It was my regular haunt until I moved to Kepong.
Having said all the above, I have a bone to pick with the people who have named this the best street burger in KL. You clearly do not know what you are talking about.OM Burger
Lorong Kolam Air Lama 1
68000, Ampang, KL
Business hours: 7pm to 5am daily