Supreme upstart takes best burger in Phnom Penh award
As much of the world struggles to digest developments in the United States, there seems to be something indefatigable about its signature dish, the hamburger.
It comes as no surprise then that Phnom Penh’s food judges and critics have spent the last month searching for the city’s best burger and have declared The Supreme Burgers and Cheesecake’s Le Mountain burger as the winner.
A relatively new entry to the Phnom Penh burger scene, The Supreme only opened last October, with co-founder David Do describing himself as pleasantly surprised after receiving the award.
“It’s always surprising when someone says it’s the best in town,” he said yesterday.
“What we’re doing with the burgers is a lot of work. We try to make it simple, but it includes many different things. We’re really happy.”
The competition, Burger Wars, pitted 37 burger joints against each other, using a public poll to rate each venue’s burgers, with the 10 most popular burgers passing through to the second round wherein judges gorged themselves on all things patty and bun.
The burgers were laboriously critiqued on their patty quality, bun quality, fillings, sauces, presentation and, of course, taste.
Much like the recent US election, while the Intercontinental Hotel’s 1kg Wagyu Burger won the popular vote, it was The Supreme’s Le Mountain burger that was crowned the victor.
Meanwhile, the Deli’s Black Angus burger received the best gourmet burger gong.
With its two patties, bacon, grilled onion and raclette, a semi-hard cow’s cheese from France, Do said he and his fellow French co-founders wanted to create a burger that was unique and for their own taste.
“We made the burgers for ourselves first, five French guys being a bit picky, but we made some thing that was to our taste,” he said.
“Le Mountain is quite special. We’re using raclette cheese from France, all the other good stuff like the barbequed bacon. I think that’s why the people are saying the Mountain burger is really good.
“For us as French, it’s something we wanted, it is our signature.”
To keep to tradition, sliders, vegetarian, fish and chicken burgers were not included in the competition.
Do acknowledged that their synonymous Supreme burger, consisting of a beef patty, cheddar cheese and pickles, was more of an American classic, but it was Le Mountain’s unique combination of ingredients and flavors that carried the day.
“The Supreme is like a global taste, but the mountain is special, a different taste, something different.”
While Le Mountain received the best burger award, the panel of judges said they were overjoyed with the quality and diversity of the burgers they feasted on.
And so while the future may not look bright in the US, its signature dish in Phnom Penh will have a deliciously prosperous one.
An award party will be held tonight at 6:30pm at The Supreme on Street 308 to present their award and to celebrate their victory.
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