Junk food of the week: McDonald’s Beef Prosperity

Every year around Chinese New Year’s, McDonald’s puts out a special Beef Prosperity burger in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. I told my friend Pinta I thought the picture on the billboards looked nasty, but she said Beef Prosperity was in fact delicious, so I figured I’d give it a try.

Beef Prosperity is a sort of elongated burger on a special bun. McDonald’s cleverly douses the burger in black pepper sauce to hide the inferior quality of their meat. The sauce is actually pretty tasty.

For some reason the burger is kind of wavy-shaped instead of flat. It comes with raw onions on it, which are not my favorite, but at least they’re mild ones.
In case this is not enough calories for you, the Beef Prosperity is offered in a set with fries and a Mango Float. This consists of Sprite (I think) with a whipped topping that was heavier than Cool Whip but lighter than soft-serve ice cream. It was creamy and didn’t melt and I really don’t know what it was. Both it and the burger were enjoyable in that so-bad-it’s-good way that characterizes most fast food.

The strange thing is, even though Beef Prosperity is clearly a Chinese New Year’s item (in Malaysia they even include some kind of ang pao, the traditional little red envelopes given out at that time of year), the placemat that came with it showed a Greek zodiac. Huh?

Perhaps this astrological confusion accounted for Beef Prosperity’s decidedly un-prosperous effect on us. Chad and I both had some pretty serious digestive upsets after eating these. OK, maybe that had more to do with the food than the placemat, but here’s the kicker: that same afternoon, I had my cellphone swiped from my bag at a nearby department store! Prosperity FAIL, as the cool kids say.


Author: Trish Anderton

I am a nonprofit communicator, Red Sox fan and amateur streetfoodologist. Once upon a time I worked for the Jakarta Globe & Jakarta Post.

5 thoughts on “Junk food of the week: McDonald’s Beef Prosperity”

  1. we can not deny that junk food can be delicious and catch our attention specially when we go out with some relatives or friends. But the junk food can be harmful for our welfare or health, resulting in a obesity or even affecting our sexual development. So the relation ships are affected too. We need to change eating habits,start exercising frequently and if you have erectil dysfunctions the better alternative could be buy viagra. But the most important thing is take care our health.

  2. I think the obesity is very danger for everybody, is like a pump that can explot any time. So is necesary to take care exercising and taking good and healthy food and stop eating junk food for ever!!!!. The life is too short, so we need to take care of us every single day for enjoy the things that the life gave to us. I bought my house through costa rica homes for sale and i enjoy it every day.

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