Berserk for Buns: We Try Out The 10 Most Unusual Burgers in Hong Kong
From Hainanese chicken to ramen to deep-fried cuttlefish, these are some of the most bizarre burgers in town.
1. The Butchers Club Burger: "Wu Tang Style" Burger
The Butchers Club Burger is no stranger to bending burger laws, and more often than not they hit a homerun. The Wu Tang Style burger ($120) is an attack on the taste buds, blending Japanese and Korean ingredients with their signature dry-aged beef patties for a fusion flavor bomb. Tempura sweet potato, Kewpie mayo and a whopping handful of kimchi make this one for the adventurous—and the hungry.
Various locations including Shop 10, G/F, Rialto Building, 2 Landale St., Wan Chai, 2528-2083.
2. Street Meat: Ramen Burger
An invention that’s made its way around the world in the past few years, the ubiquitous ramen burger takes two of the junkiest snacks and mashes it up into one tasty handheld bite. Head to the New York subway-inspired Street Meat for a taste of their ramen burger ($68), with features deep-fried Korean instant noodle “buns” encasing beef and kimchi. It’s just crazy enough to work… although we can’t promise you’ll be getting your day’s nutrition.
G/F, 50 Wyndham St., Central, facebook.com/streetmeat.hk
3. The 5B Private Corner: Cuttlefish Charcoal Burger
A hidden gem in Tsuen Wan, The 5B Private Corner is owned by a former designer who’s slinging casual, western-style eats in the cozy space of a former industrial flat. Go here for the homemade cuttlefish charcoal burger ($88) which is stuffed with a thick piece of deep-fried cuttlefish and dressed with tangy honey mustard. The chef insists on making everything in-house, from the bread to the dressing, ensuring the freshness of the ingredients. We love the slight smokiness of the charcoal bread, which boasts a crispy top with a soft and dense interior.
Room B, 5/F, Tsuen Tung Factory Building, 38-40 Chai Wan Kok St., Tsuen Wan, 3956-3926.
4. Burger B: Stuffed Cheese Pork Egg Burger
Besides being a mouthful to say, the homemade stuffed cheese pork egg burger ($42) at Burger B is a mouthful to eat as well. Instead of topping the meat, the cheese is melted directly inside the thick and juicy pork patty, ensuring a cheesy lava flow which makes for great Insta fodder. The addition of bacon strips makes this one geared towards raging carnivores.
Shop FC01, G/F, TBG Mall, 3 Ngau Tau Kok Rd., Ngau Tau Kwok.
5. Little Bao: Pork Belly Bao
Known for its modern fusion twists, Little Bao brings a burger-like bent to Chinese baos by stuffing them plump full of juicy meat, pickled sides and crunchy condiments. There’s only one way to eat a burger here, and that’s with your hands (no fork and knife allowed)—with the grease and sauce dripping down your chin. The highlight of the menu is the pork belly bao ($88), stuffed with a fatty slice of tender, slow-braised pork belly with a golden ratio of fat to meat. A bit of sesame dressing and hoisin ketchup elevates the blend of east meets west. Round off the meal with a green tea ice cream bao ($48)…go on, you know you want to.
G/F, 66 Staunton St., Central, 2194-0202.
6. Burgeroom: Soft Shell Crab Burger
Seafood lovers should make a pit stop at Burgeroom, which offers up burgers filled with fresh ocean produce. The soft shell crab burger ($108) is definitely a stand-out, with a whole deep-fried soft shell crab dishing up a satisfying crunch in every bite. The outer layer of the crab is coated in a light, crispy batter, while the inside remains tender and juicy. Topped with
Shop D, G/F, Food Street, 50-56 Paterson St., Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, 2890-9130.
7. Seafood Stand: Japanese Eel Burger
You’ve probably never thought of putting eel in a burger, but the concept isn’t so far-fetched… after all, a sushi roll is just another kind of carb sandwich, right? At Seafood Stand, two golden buns hold premium Japanese eel, grilled and glistening after a quick trip under the broiler. The teriyaki sauce adds a umami punch, while tomato, mayo and a handful of frisée complete the effect, also helping to soak up some of the oil from the eel.
$83. Shop 11, G/F, Eastway Towers, 59-99 Shau Kei Wan Main St. East, Shau Kei Wan, 2529-2522.
8. BLT Burger: Falafel Burger
What’s the best way to jazz up a veggie patty? Dip it in the deep-fryer, of course. The Veggie Falafel ($82) at BLT Burger is a tasty vegetarian option that scores high on flavor and texture. Well-seasoned with parsley, cayenne pepper and garlic, the falafel boasts a crunchy outer layer juxtaposed with soft slices of creamy avocado. It’s enough to make us go vegetarian (for a day)…
Shop B224A, B2/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson St., Causeway Bay, 2506-1500.
9. May Day Burger: Hainan Chicken Rice Burger
You’ll find a range of simple rice dishes made into crazy burger creations at May Day Burger. With only seven seats in the shop, you’ll have to exercise a little patience to wait for your order to arrive, but the Hainan chicken rice burger ($65) is worth it. The flavorful oily rice is pan-fried to a golden color—slightly burnt around the edges—and stuffed with tender chicken and refreshing cucumber. A dab of spicy sauce caps off the winning combo of hot, cold, savory and pickled elements.
Shop B, G/F, 117 Ivy St., Tai Kok Tsui, 5437-1969. Ed. Note: The current location will be operating till Sep 11, and a new shop in Lai Chi Kok's D2 Place will open in November.
10. Burger Bus: Angus Beef Cubes Burger
A family-friendly joint decorated like a yellow school bus, Burger Bus offers more than just gimmicks: Their Angus beef cubes burger ($69) is a juicy, flavorful bite that swaps out a regular round patty for individual beef chunks, or cubes. The practical application is that the beef comes from both chuck and blade cuts, which tastes better when it’s seared off in smaller cubes, locking the juice in each piece. As for us, we just enjoy skewering the pieces with toothpicks, like mini kebabs…
Shop 1066, 1/F, Discovery Park, 398 Castle Peak Rd., Tsuen Wan, 2242-2798.