Corner Burger – Interesting Burgers and Kampung Bowls in Hougang
Opened by 2 Friends for the love of good and affordable burgers, Corner Burger was founded last year in a quiet corner of Brunners Coffeeshop in East Coast Road. Not the most strategic of all places, but this old-style neighbourhood coffeeshop holds a special place in Silas’ heart, one of the co-founders, for growing up, this is the coffeeshop that his family always went to.
There are only 6 burgers to choose from, Wagyu Beef Burger ($13), “Nan Ru” Tonkatsu Burger ($8), Black Pepper Chicken Burger ($7), Breakfast Burger ($7), Luncheon Meat & Egg Burger ($6), and Canteen Burger ($4). Each burger comes with a large side of relatively thick-cut fries that are well-seasoned with a generous pinch of salt and spiced with just a touch of paprika.
Breakfast Burger ($7) – why eat hash browns, bacon, eggs and bread separately when you can have it all in one bite with this Breakfast Burger ($7)? It’s tough to go wrong with these classic breakfast food; when put all together, this burger perhaps the best thing to wake up to. The slices of bacon are super crisp salty chips – just the way I like my bacon to be.
“Nan Ru” Tonkatsu Burger ($8) – in between the huge fluffy buns lies a thick, huge breaded fu ru (fermented red bean curd) marinated pork chop, smeared with fu ru mayo to heighten the funkiness of this whole burger which immediately hits all your senses and your tastebuds when you dive into it. The pork chop was crusty-crunchy and we love how well the flavours of the fermented red bean curd had managed to penetrate into the pork. A little dry and tough on our day of visit, but this speaks childhood.
Despite its name, Corner Burger is not just all about burgers. Besides burgers, they also serve up 3 delicious Kampung Bowls (aka rice bowls) – which, in my opinion, flare better than the formers.
I tried the highly recommended Ayam Masak Merah ($7) Kampung Bowl which came with a huge bone-in chicken thigh drizzled in sweet tomato-y sauce. Thought that the addition of achar at the side was a nice sweet tangy addition to the slightly spicy dish, but I wished there was more punch to it.
The Beef Adobo Kampung Bowl ($8) is perhaps the best dish of all I’d from Corner Burger. A classic Filipino dish where pork or poultry is traditionally stewed in a savoury brown sauce made with white vinegar, garlic and soy sauce, Corner Burger’s adobo sauce is crazy delicious. Together with the perfectly cooked rice? Oh it was so heavenly.
Their burgers are nostalgic and their concise menu reflects the simple and classic flavours we all love and had grown up with. Portion sizes are decent, prices are reasonable too. They have the potential, and they are trying. They have collaborated with many other stalls and eateries to come up with interesting burgers such as Singapore Katong Chicken Rice Burger and Teochew Braised Duck Burger. Check out their Facebook for more details.
Address: Blk 624 Hougang Avenue 8, #01-K1
Opening Hours: Tues-sun 08:00am - 2.30pm, 05:30pm - 09:00pm
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.