Momofuku head honcho David Chang isn’t one to refrain from sharing his opinion, even if it’s a controversial #hottake. In the past, David Chang has proclaimed that you can judge a restaurant based on its toilet, that ramen is officially dead, and that he hates fancy beer. Now, Chang gives his two cents on what makes for a perfect burger.
In Chang’s “Burger Manifesto,” the connoisseur sings the praises of the White Castle burger. He says that burger’s simplicity, and its less-is-more quality, has set the standard for the burgers he truly enjoys today.
His ideal hamburger? “Bun, cheese, burger. Sometimes bacon. Ketchup on the side, so I can control it. Pickles—yes! Obviously. And the cheese thing has to be very clear: American cheese only.” Sounds like a simple request: not too many vegatables (it’s a burger, not a salad), no mustard, and pass on the too-lean grass-fed beef.
Chang goes on to argue that you can really mess up a burger when you try to get all fancy, like the Australians. He states,
Chang explicitly says that he is only anti-Australian when it comes to burgers—and not at all anti-Australian in general. Still, this hasn’t stopped Aussies from lashing out against the Momofuku chef.
It’s clear that Australians take pride in their pineapple, beetroot, and egg-topped burgers. While the hate mail hasn’t swayed his opinion, he still mentions a few joints down under that serve “Chang-approved” burgers. “There are a few notable exceptions to this, like Mary’s in Newtown. Australians: I love your country and I love your food, even if your burgers are mostly terrible.”
[via Lucky Peach]