It’s a special day today, because Burger King launches the Gourmeji Mushroom Swiss Burger from now till mid-January 2016, while stocks last! As a fan of their best-selling Mushroom Swiss burger, I was very privileged to have scored a media preview courtesy of Omy earlier this week. I hadn’t yet packed for my trip the next day, but I had to go; it’s Mushroom-freaking-Swiss we’re talking about here.
These gourmet Shimeji mushrooms are the key ingredient in the Gourmeji Mushroom Swiss Burger. Gourmet + Shimeji = Gourmeji. Geddit?
We had a quick introduction into what makes this burger so special, with staff from Omy and Burger King giving a very entertaining presentation on the ingredients which make up the Gourmeji Mushroom Swiss as well as fun facts about Shimeji mushrooms. Burger King also recently launched their delivery service, which was about time. Ottie and I have racked up so much Mcdelivery orders that we should get a loyalty card by now; it’d be good to have a change in variety, yea?
We got our burgers! I was impressed with the presentation – we were even provided silver-coated plastic forks and knives to carefully dissect the Gourmeji Mushroom Swiss; I think I was the only one uncouth enough to forgo the utensils in favour of chomping on my burger with these two grubby hands though. The Batavian lettuce, caramelised onions, and melted cheese went well with the black pepper Shimeji mushrooms, the latter adding just that bit of twang to the evolved burger. I liked it.
Anyway, we even had a private tour of the spotless Burger King kitchen, although no photos were allowed in there. I’ve never worked in a fast food restaurant before, so it was a very new experience. Did you know that their toaster takes only nine seconds to complete toasting the buns, and that the whole process of assembling a whopper burger can be done within thirty seconds? I never knew how fast fast food was until now.
The Burger King Kitchen Tour (including the process of hand sanitization, their huge broiler, and the burger preparation board) is also available for the public! Ticketing for adults is SGD $10 and kids aged 12 and under get to experience the behind-the-scenes for SGD $8. Interested? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
The Gourmeji Mushroom Swiss meal comes with the new Creamy Tomato ROCK IT Fries at SGD $8.95 (drink included). Here I am spamming the Creamy Tomato powder before transforming the bag into a temporary maraca to mix it all up. The cheese and tomato flavour was an interesting taste for sure. The fries are also available a la carte at SGD $3.30. Try it and tell me what you think! It took some getting used to, but was pretty addictive after the first few bites.
I also made a new friend, among other local bloggers and press who were friendly enough to make my acquaintance! Kiyomi was another blogger who attended this event solo, so we decided to take our photobooth pictures together. She’s such a bubbly personality! We ended up taking the same train back and talking about anime.
Goodies galore – the organisers are too kind! I was pleasantly surprised at the stuff I got to take home – in a Burger King takeaway bag no less. These included a Burger King magnetic whiteboard, a super cute Burger King Shimeji mushroom-themed post-it stickers, voucher booklets, a mushroom face mask from Beyond, and a bunch of freshly-packaged Shimeji mushrooms (I kid you not – promptly refrigerated it and had them for lunch the next day. They were delicious.). Also, remember my previous post where I lamented how I needed to buy a bowl to contain my potpourri? This IKEA bowl which was part of the goodie bag was a serendipitous answer to my problem!
Here’s what I wore, because I managed to squeeze some time before braving the drizzle that’s overtaking Singapore this monsoon season:
Dressed in sad blue because I really didn’t want to leave my bed in such great-for-sleeping weather, but the Gourmeji Mushroom Swiss beckoned. It was well worth it in the end!
Outfit photos assisted by Ottie.