Global Burger League

A brief history of the Global Burger League

Six months of Asian food can leave even the most adventurous travellers dreaming of a homely meal and a steaming cup of milky Tetley's, but Western food sometimes isn't particularly well done in countries on the other side of the world.  In an attempt to ease the guilt on our tired, homesick and chilli-abused tastebuds, we sat and racked our brains to find an excuse for not eating local food.

"We miss 'normal' food" wouldn't cut the mustard (or noodle soup...), and explaining to other travellers that we weren't eating barbecued cockroaches for dinner because we missed mum's cooking made us sound too boring.

"I've got food poisoning - I'm eating familiar food until it's gone" doesn't work, as most other travellers would know that it's safer to eat fast moving food cooked in front of you from a street vendor than to eat meat that's been sat decomposing in a Subway counter for a week.

After several hours, we decided that only one excuse was good enough. An excuse that we were proud to use when asked why we were being boring, and made it not only acceptable to eat food we should have left at home, but warranted the occasional 25km* round trip to find it. We're eating hamburgers more than 13,500km** from their point of origin in a country filled with countless local delicacies, and it's OK because we're doing it for science, in the name of the Global Burger League.

*25km measured on Google Maps as estimated distance between Pasar Seni LRT station (closest to our
 hostel) and myBurgerLab in Kuala Lumpur.

**13,500km measured using as the distance between Bangkok and Seymour, Wisconsin, which is rumoured to be the origin of the hamburger.


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