Thursday, 11 February 2016 15:28

Expensive Fast Food

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As my ample belly will attest I do like to eat and while of late I have tried to eat in a more healthy way, the sweet siren call of fast food (and the growing list of options of in Ho Chi Minh City) is making the battle a difficult one. That being said, over a delicious burger and fries this month I looked into some of the fancier and more expensive fast food options around the world. No surprises — most come from our obese cousins in the US.


Powder Room Milkshake

US$500 / VND11.25 million


The most expensive milkshake was dreamed up by the Powder Room in Hollywood. At US$500, it has Belgian chocolate, edible gold leaf and more than a touch of liquor. Called The Velvet Goldmine, the drink is topped with a US$190 Swarovski ring.


Bloomsbury Gold Phoenix Cupcake

US$1,000 / VND22.5 million


This time in Dubai the Bloomsbury Gold Phoenix is the most unadorned cupcake in the world and is wrapped in 23-carat gold and its flour is imported from Italy. There is a more expensive cupcake at close to US$150,000, but its value comes from being covered in inedible diamonds and was made for a fashion event in Edinburgh in 2010.


Golden Opulence Ice Cream Sundae

US$1,000 / VND22.5 million


Back across the pond in New York City, this time at the Serendipity 3 restaurant with famous previous guests such as Marilyn Monroe and Andy Warhol you can order this sundae from owner Joe Calderone. The Golden Opulence Ice Cream Sundae has three to five scoops of Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream and is covered in 23-carat edible gold leaf. The gold leaf is flavourless, but costs up to US$160 a gram. The chocolate syrup that crowns this sundae is the most expensive in the world and the candied fruits that sit on top are imported from Paris. There’s a bit of Grand Passion Caviar on the side and it’s all eaten with a gold spoon. The spoon however must be returned.


New York’s 230 Fifth Hot Dog

US$2,000 / VND45 million


This hot dog is infused with cognac and sprinkled with mushroom dust and lobster. The hot dog is made from aged Wagyu Japanese beef. Its Vidalia onions are caramelized in Dom Perignon champagne and the sauerkraut is braised in Cristal Champagne and caviar. The proceeds from this indulgent hot dog go to charity.


Margo’s Pizzeria

US$2,420 / VND54.5 million


This pizza is available in Malta, on the Mediterranean costs by what many call the best pizza shop in the world. Owner Claude Camilleri says that they came up with their expensive pizza “to draw attention to the quality of our food”. Indeed, the thin-crust pizza is quite an attention grabber, topped with buffalo mozzarella, white truffles and 24-carat gold. It has to be ordered a week in advance and at last report had been ordered twice.


Fleur Burger

US$5000 / VND112.5 million


In the town of excess, Las Vegas, Fleur Restaurants’ Fleur Burger 5000 is made from Japanese Wagyu beef and foie gras. Its sauce is made from truffles and shaved truffles are sprinkled over the burger which rests in a brioche truffle bun. You also get a US$2,500 bottle of Chateau Petrus and a Certificate of Authenticity with your order.


Serendipity 3’s ‘Frrrozen Hot Chocolate’

US$25,000 / VND562.5 million


Back to Serendipity 3 in New York for this most expensive dessert on the list. The Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. More of a publicity stunt than a dish, it’s hot chocolate that’s frozen. Made from over 14 different types of cocoa with edible gold and diamonds on top, it has 18 carat gold at the bottom, together with an added surprise — a diamond bracelet.


Chocolate Pudding, Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

US$35,000 / VND787.5 million


We reach the zenith of fancy junk food in the UK’s Lake District where we find a US$35,000 chocolate pudding that looks like a big brownie. You’ve got to order this monstrosity two weeks in advance after forking out a hefty deposit. Combining chocolate, gold and caviar, the hotel owners claim it is the most expensive dessert in the world. The chocolate brownie is topped with champagne jelly and edible gold leaf. There’s a two-carat diamond on top.


After all this food writing Shane feels like another burger and a nap. He can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Last modified on Thursday, 11 February 2016 15:37
Shane Dillon

Shane has written the Word business column since 2009. He left his home town of Brisbane, Australia in 2004 and has worked in several Asian countries as well as Guatemala and Ukraine. He is interested in economics and the subtleties of doing business in Asia. Shane works in the insurance industry and can be contacted at
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  • Comment Link Chris Tuesday, 15 March 2016 05:04 posted by Chris

    Without photos this article is really rubbish

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