HI, Welcome back!
As most of you know, younger hawkers are beginning to emerge in the local food scene. Some are bringing new foods and creations while others are sticking to the classics. In this brand new mini-series, we will be venturing out to seek the new generation of hawkers, Hawkerpreneurs, to answer the most important question of all, Good or Not?
Today, we will be featuring a burger stall in Beauty World Food Center called HamBaoBao!
This stall is located in one of the oldest private owned hawker centers. The stall sports a simplistic, modern and fresh sign amidst the veteran stalls around them. This stall is run by a couple and it has 5 burgers on the menu, each with its own unique flavor. You can also add freshly fried hand cut fries alongside with your burger. Crispy Pork Belly & Spiced Pulled Pork. Sounds really good but does it taste as delicious as it sounds?
Here’s my verdict of some of the burgers!
Classic Beef: The patty was pretty flavorless. Needs more seasoning, spices or herbs. Their homemade tomato sauce tastes really weird. The lettuce and cheese were alright. Overall, it was an underwhelming burger. Needs to improve the patty tremendously like brother, you can do way better.
Pulled Pork: Love the tenderness of the pork. Juicy and very flavorful. The spices used comes through well. They are not shy about the amount of pork they give. They caramelized the pork on the griddle which adds a nice extra oomph. The only downside of this burger is the homemade mayo they used. Slightly too acidic and overwhelms the flavor of the pork. Other than that, it’s a pretty good burger. I would definitely come back to get this!
Crispy Pork Belly: Crispy and juicy lah. It was not the most tender pork you’ll taste but it was passable. Very generous about the amount of crispy pork belly. Hoisin sauce was sweet and nice. The English mustard was, my goodness, too strong. I know the mustard is to cut through the fattiness of the pork but honey, too strong. A pretty heavy burger I must say but I still quite like it!
The rest: Fries were crispy and nice. The bun was toasted well; had a crispy exterior which added a nice textural element to the burger. (very chim hor)
From what I tasted, there is still a lot of room for improvement. They need to work on balancing the flavors better. The wait is pretty long. I waited 10 minutes the first time round and 35 minutes the second time. They need to chop-chop kali pok and make them burgers faster. Either more staff or simplifying the menu. Just a little tweak here and there will make the burgers the bomb!
The thing I love the most about this stall is that they handmade their patties and fries. You can tell that they put in pride and effort into what they do. They could have used some pre-made instant 15% meat and 85% “unknown” patty with a million preservative inside between two pitiful dehydrated
leather buns but didn’t. So *claps hands*. Because of that reason, I think it’s worth the price. Yes, for the same price you can go MacDonald get a burger BUT $5.50 fo a homemade burger? YAS!
I agree that it’s not the best. However, not everybody starts being the best. I believe with time, they can improve and grow. It’s cheap, delicious and good effort overall!
That’s it for the first installment of Hawkerprenuers; New Generation of Hawkers! I hope to see you guys again and in the meantime Bon Apetite!
TIP: Come either at noon when they open or after 2 pm to try to avoid the long queues.