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Jan 4, 2008 02:57 PM

MOS Burger, Japanese

I have been hearing so much about these.. especially the rice burgers.

Now, I don't have the $$$ to go to Japan anytime soon.. so I'd like to hear more about MOS from those who've been.

I cook a lot of Japanese and want to try to make this stuff from the various descriptions I receive.

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  1. The rice burger is basically made with a grilled rice patty (kind of like pressed rice) instead of the usual burger bun. I've tried the kinpira rice burger in Hong Kong, which is filled with a mixture of gobo and carrots stir-fried in a sweet soy sauce. It didn't wow me per se, but it wasn't bad either, worth trying at least. The kinpira was well-seasoned, but the rice patty could have been grilled a bit more; mine was on the soft side. It's not something I would crave often, but I wouldn't mind eating it again. They have pretty good Japanese-style corn soup too.

    Most people would consider the portion size to be too small, but it was fine for me. Other fillings they have include grilled beef, fried seafood fritter (kakiage), fried chicken, grilled pork and ginger (buta shoga yaki), and I think they now have this special fried chicken in black vinegar rice burger in Hong Kong.

    Here's more info from their Japanese website:

    And their Singapore website which is in English:

    I don't have a picture of the rice burger, but here is one of the regular burgers they have at MOS that my friend tried one time we were there.

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    1. re: dreamsicle

      I've seen the picture of the rice burger and that is what intrigued me so much- trying to figure out how the damn thing stays together.

      So you think it's just pressed and grilled cooked rice? No other ingredients involved?
      Or do they maybe puree a little glutenous rice and add it to the whole grains to keep it together?

      1. re: lebelage

        According to Wikipedia, the "MOS Rice Burger uses a bun made of rice mixed with barley and millet." On the MOS Japan website, they call the rice patty a rice "bread". I didn't seem to find any barley or millet in my rice patty though. And yes, it does seem to be rice that is pressed into circular rounds and grilled slightly, kind of like what you get in a yaki onigiri (grilled rice ball).

        Here's someone's attempt with homemade tofu chicken rice burger. I think it might help if you use rice that is cooked with more water or a stickier rice; that may help to keep the rice patty from falling apart. Hope you have much success making your own version: http://happyfoodhappythots.blogspot.c...

    2. WOW, you just took me back sixteen years when I was an exchange student in Tokyo. MOS burger was the bomb!!! Basics like burgers, chicken sandwiches, filet o fish etc. I still have a drinking glass I "won" by pulling the correct colored ball out of a box. Mind you I'm 5'11" and towered over the box, so it was quite easy to cheat.

      1. I have been living in Japan for about 5 years now and I must say that MOS burger does make a pretty good "Fast Food" burger. My only complaint is that they are pretty small, you can easily put down 3 of them.

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        1. re: mm151

          I had them in Tokyo and in Hong Kong last summer. The MOS burger (regular) is a hamburger patty with bun and a special sauce. Nothing special.

          the Seafood rice burger that everyone in HK lined up for when it first opened is about $3US. I liked it but would not have lined up for it. It is 2 grilled rice patty with shrimp and seafood filling. It was tasty but think of it as the dim sum item where you get the sweet rice with chicken wrapped in the lotus leaf. that's what it remind me of.

          It is very popular in Japan and HK. But maybe too much hype. I would definitely not line up for hours to have one. Although you no longer have to now in HK. The novelty has worn off.