Cycle 13 – Item 66
12 (Sat) March 2022
-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-
with the Family
I would define a burger as a type of sandwich consisting of (a) patty of ground beef + (b) split round bun. I would argue that (b) is the critical element. For example, the same ground beef patty with a hoagie roll or standard sandwich bread no longer seems like a burger. Conversely, a patty of (typically breaded and deep-fried) chicken or fish in a split round bun does seem like a burger, albeit a qualified one (e.g., “chicken/fish burger”).
Although I’ve tried making a chicken burger with ground chicken patties (see 7.006 Chicken Burgers with Grilled Mushrooms), this is the first time with breaded and deep-fried chicken patties. From producer Dongwon, the patties were sold as chicken katsu, frozen, individually packaged, each piece round and burger-sized. Super quick and easy. Reasonably tasty, about as good as patties found in fast food chicken burgers.
Paired with the classic burger toppings of iceberg lettuce + onion + tomato, plus a dressing made of Thai chili sauce + mayo + ketchup, the burger turned out quite nice, about as good, maybe better, than a fast food chicken burger.
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)