Chinese word for Hamburger, is a no-frills stall run by a young couple, Ryan,
25 and Claire, 23. This stall is the new kid on the block; in fact, they are
the newest stall amidst the other older stalls in this faded food centre at
Beauty World Centre, a charming yet almost forgotten old shopping mall in the
once buzzing part of Bukit Timah.
Both of them have
no related culinary background prior to running this stall. Ryan used to work
with Jason’s the Grocer for about a year and Claire was a Staff Nurse for 2
years. Ryan first realized his passion for cooking as a teenager, he started by
playing with ingredients and experimenting new dishes. They toyed with the
thought of going into food business for a good 2 years before they started this
burger stall in September 2014. It is their first little step towards a big
‘We value affordability when it comes to food
and doing it in a hawker centre or food court style will reduce the overhead costs
so we can provide cheaper and better value alternatives for our customers.’
Ryan replied when asked about their hawking plans.
Their menu is kept
simple with only burgers and fries. There are a total of 5 different types of
burgers: The Classic Burger ($4.50), Broiled Dory Fish Burger ($5), Crispy Pork
Belly Burger ($4.50), Spiced Pull Pork Burger ($5) and Ayam Buah Keluak ($5). A
basic burger is something that almost anyone can make and make well, but
getting it right and staying simple with a hint of creativity can be quite
Ryan also talked
about the inspiration behind his uniquely created Ayam Buah Keluak Burger and
Roast Pork Belly Burger.
‘I wanted to
transform the very traditional dish that I grew up eating into something
contemporary hence the Ayam Buah Keluak Burger. It took about 2 years from
thought to product. ”
He then continued,
“We didn’t think of burgers at that point but more of a Roast Meat Shop. When
we decided on burgers, we created the Crispy Pork Belly Burger. I took about 6
months to perfect it.”
He talked about their
openness in accepting customer feedback and he has been adjusting the taste of
their burgers to better suit the preference of their customers as part of their
ongoing efforts to keep improving.
don’t need to hear the feedbacks directly from the customers but observing their
left over food tells as much.” Ryan mentioned.
asked about his thought on being a hawker, he stated that though it is a tough
job but it has been an incredible journey and a worthy one so far. The best
part of it is none other that having customers coming back for more as well as it
has been an interesting exposure when getting to meet people from different
walks of life and making new friends.
Keluak Burger and Crispy Pork Belly Burger.
The patties and sauces are handmade
to ensure its freshness and quality.
Ayam Buah Keluak Burger
was a pleasant surprise despite its unappetizing look. Taste wise; it is rather
unique for a burger, with a well-balanced flavor from their homemade spice
paste. That comes with bits of buah keluak embedded in the handmade minced
chicken patty, topped with Nonya Chap Chye consists of braised cabbage and
black fungus, all held together by the soft buns. Such creativity has given a
nice twist to a traditional Peranakan dish.
As for the Crispy
Pork Belly Burger, the well-marinated roasted pork belly was nicely done to
achieve the desired crispiness on the skin leaving the tenderness on the meat.
The wasabi mustard sauce though complemented its taste but was a little
overwhelming. If you do not like wasabi then this might not be your type of
burger or you can choose to omit the sauce. The slices of Japanese cucumber
added a nice touch and a refreshing feel.
It has been about 2
months since their opening, their burgers may require a bit of fine-tuning to
enhancing its taste but they are certainly promising. You can taste the passion
there, in the handmade patty, in the homemade sauce, on the buns and nestled next
to the freshly cut fries.
144 Upper Bukit Timah Road #04-49 Beauty World Centre Singapore 588177
Hours: 12 pm to 8 pm (Closed on Monday)