Taste test: McDonald’s Samurai burger and seaweed shaker fries return in 2023

By Evan Mua September 19, 2023
Taste test: McDonald’s Samurai burger and seaweed shaker fries return in 2023
It’s not just the burger, the seaweed McShaker fries are back too. Photo: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere
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It’s the time of the year again: McDonald’s Samurai burger and seaweed shaker fries are back!

Since its introduction, the limited-time item has become a mainstay on the fast-food brand’s menu rotation, with many fans eagerly anticipating its return every year.

These fans will be pleased as punch to know they can look forward to feasting on the beloved McDonald’s Samurai burger from September 21 at all McDonald’s outlets islandwide. It will also be available on delivery platforms.

The burgers will be priced from S$7 for a single patty or S$9 for a double patty, a la carte. They can also be gotten from S$9 or S$11 respectively with a McDonald’s Extra Value Meal.

Diners will have a choice of either chicken or beef patties.

It will also be released along with two sides: Namely the equally-popular seaweed McShaker fries and a brand-new white peach yoghurt pie (from S$1.80).

The former will be available as part of the Samurai burger special (from S$10.55) which includes the burger itself, seaweed McShaker fries and jasmine green tea.

If you love manga, you’ll want to keep an eye out for McDonald’s Instagram page, which will see a mini manga tie-in and new chapters every week. 

And, if you pay attention, you might see hints about a mysterious adversary making its appearance…

Our taste test

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Look at this glorious saucy mess. Photo: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere

Sure, we’ve all had our fair share of McDonald’s Samurai burgers but most of us will be curious how this year’s version stacks up against previous versions.

After all, the teriyaki-sauce-covered burger is one of the Golden Arches’ most popular special items, on par with other classics including the Prosperity burger and McGriddles.

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It’s not just the burger, the seaweed McShaker fries are back too. Photo: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere

Our answer? Yes, it’s still the good ol’ Samurai burger, featuring saucy patties drenched in McDonald’s very own teriyaki sauce.

The sauce remains on the lighter side and balances between the sweet and savoury, along with a light touch of tanginess from the mayonnaise.

Besides the Samurai burger, the McDonald’s seaweed McShaker fares equally well.

It’s just the unmistakable umami that we’ve grown to love over the years, perfectly complementing McDonald’s crunchy fries — an unbeatable classic combo.

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Besides the favourites, the new white peach yoghurt is another tasty treat you can indulge in. Photo: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere

As with most McDonald’s pie specials, the white peach yoghurt pie is also pretty decent. 

Its light and zesty profile is accentuated by a splash of peach vibrancy, making it the perfect dessert to cut through all heaviness of the meal.

For more ideas on what to eat, read our stories on where to feast on the most indulgent pizzas and old-school bakeries you for a taste of nostalgia.

McDonald’s is on the GrabFood delivery service and offers free delivery (up to S$3 off) with GrabUnlimited. 

Do explore the new GrabFood Dine-in service for awesome deals.

You can also book a ride to grab your McDonald’s fSamurai burger when it releases on September 21.

McDonald’s

Multiple stores islandwide
Open: Operating hours vary across outlets

Multiple stores islandwide
Open: Operating hours vary across outlets


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Evan Mua

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Evan started off writing about food on Instagram, before joining outlets such as Buro and Confirm Good to pursue his passion. His best work usually comes after his first whisky shot in the morning.

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