There is a lot of buzz about Changi Airport’s latest development, Jewel, and a lot of it is because of a few international franchises that are making their big debut in Singapore (except A&W who is re-entering after a 16-year wait).
And of course, one of the franchises fitting that description is Shake Shack.
Beginning as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in Manhattan, Shake Shack is the ultimate wet dream of all small businesses around the world.
Calling itself a modern-day roadside burger stand, it serves delicious burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard, shakes, beer, wine and more.
But that’s in the states. What can we expect from their first store in Singapore?
The Menu: Burgers
From their website, they claim to be:
100% all-natural Angus beef. No hormones and no antibiotics ever. Our proprietary Shack blend is freshly ground. All burgers are cooked medium unless otherwise requested, served on a non-GMO Martin’s Potato Roll. Add lettuce, tomato, pickle or onion – your choice!
Which is to say that the following burgers all contain:
- Medium Angus beef patties
- Martin’s Potato Rolls which are supposed to be buttered and griddled potato buns that feature a softer texture
- Toppings including lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions and are varied according to each burger, or your own choice, I guess
But technically the Shroom Burger of Shake Shack doesn’t contain beef; more on that later.
With that out of the way,
Essentially a cheeseburger, with a medium Angus beef patty (or two) topped with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce™, served on what they call Potato Rolls.
Of all the burgers, this is supposed to be their signature.
With credits to DanielFoodDiary for all the prices shown:
- Single: $9.20
- Double: $12.90
With a breaded and fried portobello mushroom as the patty, it’s complemented with melted cheddar and muenster (a type of semi-soft) cheese, then topped with lettuce, tomato, ShackSauce™.
The Shroom Burger of Shake Shack is supposed to be a vegetarian option, but for many strict oriental vegetarians here (which means vegetarian sans root vegetables like garlic and onion), there’s no word if this dish is safe.
But hey, try the Shroom Burger if you want to.
As seen from the picture, it’s a combination of a cheeseburger (like the ShackBurger) and a ’Shroom Burger of Shake Shack, so you get an Angus beef patty and a fried portobello mushroom patty, topped with lettuce, tomato, ShackSauce™.
Another cheeseburger with applewood smoked bacon and chopped cherry peppers (presumably of they usual toppings), and again with their ShackSauce™.
What is applewood smoked bacon? It’s bacon smoked with applewood and it’s supposed to result in something mildly sweet and smoky. But since Singapore doesn’t have that big a bacon culture, plus it’ll be all tucked into the burger, we probably cannot taste the difference.
A beef hot dog with relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper, celery salt, mustard.
Crinkle cut, with or without cheese.
- Fries: $4.50
- Cheese Fries: $5.90
Drinks, desserts and Singapore exclusives
Firstly, the drinks
Fifty/Fifty: Half lemonade, half iced tea
ShackMeister Ale: said to have a bright citrus aroma, slight bitterness and bready malt flavour
And more excitingly, the desserts
There are 3 different types available here, shakes, cups and cones (with frozen custard) and concretes (dense frozen custard with mix-ins).
Some signature flavours combinations will be available for all of them.
But on top of those, Shake Shack created some local flavours just for Singapore. Apparently, the Shake Shack team had been coming to Singapore over the past two years to do research.
The culinary director Mark Rosati, 42, said: “We wanted flavours that inspire us, and as we kept coming to Singapore, we ate not as tourists, but like the locals.”
And here are the results of their efforts:
Clearly a part of the shake category, these are a combination of coconut and pandan found in our local food, such as pandan chiffon cake, ondeh ondeh, and kaya toast, according to the spokesperson from Shake Shack.
And as concretes…
According to Mothership.sg, this features vanilla custard mixed with coconut salted caramel, Lemuel chocolate chunks, shortbread, and gula melaka.
Lemuel Chocolate is a Singaporean “bean-to-bar chocolate maker”, so not only is this dessert inspired by local flavours, Shake Shack works with local suppliers too.
It Takes Two To Mango
According to Mothership.sg, this is a vanilla custard mixed with mango, sago pearls, shortbread, and freeze-dried mango. The local inspiration is mango sago pudding.
And again, credits to Mothership.sg, this has a chocolate custard base mixed with Plain Vanilla brownies, shack fudge sauce, Lemuel chocolate chunks, and chocolate sprinkles.
So again, this concrete sources local ingredients from Lemuel Chocolate and Plain Vanilla is also a local bakery.
So look forward to their entry on the 17th of this month!
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