Hawker – The First Asian Fast Food Restaurant!
Dedicated to sending out Asian fast food, Hawker QSR seems set to be the most popular fast food restaurant in town. Nestled in Esplanade, the first Asian fast food restaurant offers an exciting line-up of locally-inspired burgers, wraps, and desserts! Hawker QSR is the brainchild of No Signboard Holdings which is famous for the “White” pepper crab and other traditional tze char dishes. So, you might have an idea of what to expect!
In case you’re wondering, “QSR” stands for “quick service restaurant” and is one of the key selling points of Hawker QSR. What sets them apart from the other big chains in the F&B industry is definitely their menu which is focused on Asian and Singaporean flavours. Mr Eric Er, Vice President of Hawker QSR, mentioned that unlike other fast food chains which offers locally-inspired creations as a seasonal item, Hawker QSR intends to offer them all year round. Now, you can to enjoy your Nasi Lemak burger all day, every day!
It might be difficult deciding what to have for lunch because everything just sounds delicious — think Nasi Lemak Burger, Chilli Crab Bao, Prata Wrap, Mala Burger, and Mantou with Chilli Crab Sauce. So, bring along your troops so that you can have a bite of everything!
Hawker QSR has transformed familiar and traditional hawker food into burgers, and we think that it’s an amazing feat. We wasted no time in placing an order for almost all the burgers! I know, I’m not supposed to eat that much, but it’s impossible to pick just one or two! The Chili Crab Bao ($8.90 ala carte, $10.90 for a meal), Szechuan Mala Burger ($6.00 ala carte, $8.00 for a meal), Satay Chicken Burger ($6.50 ala carte, $8.50 for a meal), and Nasi Lemak Burger ($8.90 ala carte, $10.90 for a meal) were our top picks! Each set comes with a side of curly fries and a drink of your choice. Don’t need to wait until next Chinese New Year for curly fries, because you can have it right here, right now!
Stepping into their kitchen, we noticed a stark similarity in their layout and range of equipment — they do look very much like a conventional Western fast food chain!
Well, if we have to choose a favourite, it will have to be the Signature Chili Crab Bao! When we indulge in chili crab, a plate of fried mantous is a must to go along. And, we were excited and beyond pleased that the people at Hawker QSR think so too! The Chili Crab Bao sees a deep-fried chunky crab patty slathered generously with an addictive chili crab sauce, all wrapped in a crunchy fried mantou! Get the meal, like we did, and enjoy your chili crab bao with a side of well-seasoned curly fries and an ice cold beverage.
Other noteworthy creations include the Hainanese Chicken Rice burger and Nasi Lemak burger which sees rice burgers taking the place of fluffy bread buns. The rice patties are heated for 80 seconds before they are served, so your burgers are going to reach you piping hot! I thought the Chicken Rice burger was particularly interesting. The steamed chicken patty was carefully paired with signature chicken rice chili, and armed with a dollop of mashed ginger. Wow, it was a party in my mouth! We noticed that the rice buns are different for every burger. Expect fragrant coconut-infused rice buns for the Nasi Lemak Burger, and ginger-infused ones for the Chicken Rice Burge. Both burgers were really solid options but I enjoyed the Nasi Lemak burger a little more because of the sunny side egg! Yes, I’m basic like that.. but I love eggs!
Fancy some prata? Well, the Prata Wrap is created for you. We jumped at the sight of the prata wrap, and its price tag of $3! The wrap comes with a chunk of scrambled egg with onions, and a slice of melted cheese. The prata is cooked for a strict 80 seconds so you can rest assured that you’ll get a crispy prata without any burnt edges! A generous serving of curry tied everything together, and the easy-to-eat snack works as a tea-time treat and a great grab-and-go light lunch option.
Complete your meal with the Chendol Softee ($2) or Mango Peach Cone ($1.50). The Mango Peach Cone was fruity, refreshing and delightful! If you’re looking for something a little milkier, go for the Chendol Softee which boasts a swirl of vanilla soft serve, luscious Gula Melaka sauce and a heap of green rice flour jelly.
Hawker QSR might just be a few days old, but they have already planned to open a second outlet in One @ Kent Ridge(end November 2018), and a third one in Paya Lebar(first quarter of 2019). They even have plans to expand into Shanghai next year! There are also Damn Good Deals which start from just $1. Say what! If your friends are visiting Singapore for the first time, this might just be the place for them to enjoy a plethora of local flavours, but in a more familiar manner.
Address: 8 Raffles Ave, #01-13E Esplanade Mall, 039802
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