By: Michelle Liew
If you are a fan of burgers, you are going to simply adore Cali’s Burger.
This food truck, currently operating in Damansara Uptown, has become one of the latest hot spots for burger lovers. It is a great affordable option for an everyday meal without the need to compromise its flavour.
GoodNews took a trip to try this out first-hand and spoke the owner, Chris Yaing, about his experience and how his small food truck business skyrocketed to one of go-to places in KL.
Chris started Cali’s Burger three months ago and it took him five months to prepare for the grand opening. Once a savory chef in Melbourne, Chris expressed the highs and lows of working in a restaurant before conceding that while cooking is his passion, working in a restaurant was too stressful.
The stark contrast from operating a food truck is apparent, as he has more freedom with its management and the recipes.
“To me, cooking is a craft. I want to let people experience my world and be a part of my world through my food,” Chris told GoodNews.
Inspired by The Chef Show on Netflix, Chris developed the idea of having a personal burger truck and started to make his dream, a reality. Prior to his current location in Uptown, Chris used to operate Cali’s Burgers in Bandar Sri Damansara.
“I want everyone to be able to experience Cali’s Burgers. I plan to move after getting my license. It is not an easy task operating a food truck as you need to obtain the license for parking. It is a huge commitment. I want to share it with everyone.”
Currently, the menu consists of three main burgers with several add ons: Beef Burger, Chicken Burger, and the Tamago Burger. Chris made sure to include a vegetarian option to be more inclusive.
The beef burger is made with beef brisket imported from Australia. With 70% lean meat and 30% fat, the juicy texture of the patty binds all the ingredients together for a mouth-watering finish.
The chicken burger, on the other hand, is marinated with homemade kimchi, with flavours complimenting each other and not being overpowering.
The fan favourite, Tamago burger, is inspired by the tamago mentai sushi. With inspirations drawing from Australia, South Korea and Japan, Chris brings the world experience on a single platter.
“It’s the little things that matter. We make sure every part of the recipe is done right so that the overall product is great.
“The customers constantly give good feedback, and we are very thankful for that. This gives us the motivation to keep doing what we do, so that we can put smiles on their faces,” he concludes.
What are you waiting for? Head over to Damansara Uptown for a burger or two!