By Wenting Ang
Singapore’s well-known seafood restaurant chain, No Signboard, has ventured into the fast food scene with their latest concept restaurant, Hawker.
On the menu are items adapted from local food such as the Nasi Lemak Burger ($9.50) and Hainanese Chicken Rice Burger ($9.50). Both burgers feature rice patties and are topped with sambal chilli and Hainanese chilli sauce respectively.
Hawker opened its first restaurant to the public on Wednesday (31 Oct), located a stone’s throw away from No Signboard’s iconic seafood restaurant at the Esplanade.
Being an Asian hawker-themed fast food outlet gives Hawker leverage over the saturated fast food market, especially with the return of A&W and the entrance of Shake Shack in early 2019.
Hawker serves a wide selection of familiar local delights, with chilli crab taking two spots on its menu. The Signature Chilli Crab Bao ($9.50) and Mantous with Chilli Crab Sauce ($4.90) are both served with fried steamed buns (mantou), giving it an Asian twist to the usual sesame buns used in burgers.
The Singapore twist does not stop at their mains; desserts such as Chendol softee ($2.00), Milo Koko Crunch Spin ($2.80) and Peanut Butter Spin ($2.80) are also part of their menu.
Two other Hawker outlets are already in the pipeline. The second outlet will open at One@KentRidge in November, and the third in Paya Lebar Quarters in January 2019. Hawker is currently applying for Halal certification and seeks to open more outlets in 2019.
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