And yes trying out this many burgers means we ate burgers almost every other day and sometimes lunch and dinner in the same day...shiok!
First up, Pro Burger (83 Wellington Street, Central). If you had to try one burger in Hong Kong, this is IT! The reviews are here..http://www.openrice.com/restaurant/sr2.htm?shopid=31145
This was consistently on the Top 10 ranks of openrice so of cos we had to make our way to this burger wonderland. It is a tiny long-ish shop in the wall - the kitchen and staff counter is about as small as the seating area which consists of about 12 bar seats. When we went, it was during a weekday lunch hour, and this place is in a prime business district - so you can imagine the crowds ordering and waiting for the burgers. We were lucky to snag a seat (but we were hovering behind a couple too =P). Of cos we came out smelling of grease and burger (and plenty of burger memories - yes the smell does help us remember)
Kelly opted for the full works - with the bacon. She really liked this burger too, except for the soggy bacon.
This is our fried mozzarella cheese sticks - it was very nicely breaded and the cheese was piping hot and very chewy. Kelly didn't quite like it (she likes melted cheese not coagulated ones) but I like anything with cheese. Reminds me of those days when we toasted bread with mozzarella (toasted altogether, hence melting the cheese)
I dug up our pictures of the outlet in Mongkok so you get what I mean when they come up with many permutations of fried stuffs and their sauces...
Pizza fries came piping hot (reminds me abit of Yella Fellas in Singapore) - topped with sour cream and pasta sauce. Could do with some cheese though.
This was quite a disaster cos not long after this photo was taken our fries collapsed !! But we still had half left, leaving us plenty of stomach space to try all the other street food..
Okay moving away from fries paradise and back to burgers.. Yeah so if you remembered our little story, we flagged a cab from Hung Hom to this small, crowded, dim-signboarded place called 時新快餐店(Si Sun Fast Food). People outside were waiting for the burgers (they didnt want to wait inside cos 1. it was packed 2. you'd come out smelling like burgers)
This was actually behind the counter. Yes, the reason why you'd smell of burgers after you have your meal inside. Uncle was multi-tasking - flipping patties, frying eggs, toasting buns. They fry the fries inside the kitchen
The recommended sauce was salad sauce - which we assumed it was mayonaise - there's the option of black pepper etc..
The meat patty was rather flimpsy and thin- plenty of minced beef and grease! - not quite your gourmet burger thick and beefy kind - but you get bang for your buck - the entire set meal was about 6 bucks. And it was especially tasty after the difficult journey there
Fries freshly fried and are exactly the type that I eat at home - the Farmland brand.
Next up is the juiciest burger I found at Freshness Burger (New Town Plaza, Shatin)
This was the classic cheeseburger. Check out how tall my burger, thanks to the thick meat patty!
Juicy meat patty!
The potato wedges were not as freshly fried as I hoped it would be...should have sent it back..
On the other hand, Kelly's crinkle cut fries were piping hot ! Onion rings had whole onions in them and were as huge as the brewerkz one - but the batter was much lighter and hence crispier.
Triple O's (New Town Plaza, Shatin) was the first burger joint we tried - this was recommended in the U-Magazine food guide. This is a burger chain from Canada.
The set meal with huge chunky fries costs about 11 bucks.
The pickle is presented right on top of the toasted bun..kinda strange no?
This is the inside of the Mushrooms Swiss burger - This has gotta be the healthiest burger I've tried simply because its not greasy at all ! It's a very simple, clean-tasting burger - but what's a burger without all the grease and sauce? But the meat patty was quite solid, so despite the lack of oil and sauces, it still tasted good but totally satisfying for the die-hard burger fan.
The thick chunky layer of mushrooms puts Burger King's Mushrooms Swiss to shame.
We love the huge onion rings as well.
Next we come to FatBurger. Technically, this isn't in Hong Kong - this is inside the food court of The Venetian, Macau. Kelly had a Portuguese Seafood soup in a bread bowl from another stall but I simply cant ignore the lure of a burger.
Its kinda like a Subway concept - the burger preparation takes place at the counter and you can tell the chef what you want more or less in your burger.
My side of onion rings was quite a highlight, actually. We were so miserable from the non-stop rain in Macau that we overdosed on McDonalds when we were waiting for the rain to stop - my shoes were so drenched and it is the most disgusting thing to have soggy shoes. Ok this is most unappetising but you can see why I thought a burger might be the most uplifting during difficult times.
The Fatburger wasn't as great as I expected it to be, the burger was kinda like Triple O's - a good fresh lean beef patty with not much sauces and grease.
Next is this tiny shop at the corner of Central - Shake em buns. Its got a whacky name and many whackier signs - its a real quaint place to chill, if you ask me.
This is not a burger place but the sandwich is so awesome I must write about it.
The first best thing that the Macs in HK has is the Double Sundae - the bottom layer is strawberry and the top layer is chocolate (you can choose the same flavour for both layers if you so wish) and is topped with plenty of nuts. I love it! The nuts make alot of diffence, especially when coated with the strawberry puree and chocolate sauce. Dip in your fries for a sweet, salty, sour, crunchy and crisp taste! (i'm sure you can figure out which component of the sundae/fries combi contributes to which adjective)
On another occasion, I tried the Grilled Chicken sandwich which was really good - I wish this was offered in Singapore. It is a huge long slab of tender chicken thigh meat in an extremely tasty sauce.
Kelly went for the McCrispy..
The next best thing here in the HK McD's is the Taro Pie. This meal was our first at McDonald's (Mungkok)
Chunks of smooth yam in a crisp hot pie both of us really like this!
The third best thing about the Macs here is that the chicken nuggets come with a honey mustard sauce thats really good! But you are only entitled to one packet per order, and only with McNuggets. Had this meal at the Central pier before departing to Macau - yes the day I had FatBurger and many many fries at the Macs at Macau too..
I couldnt exactly remember the name of this burger but this was the first time I was eating a burger with cucumbers in it...otherwise it was like a Big and Tasty
Kelly went for the fried chicken burger - it was different in that the chicken patty was fried minced chicken - unlike the fried chicken thigh in Mc Crispy. The orange salad sauce was similar to that in my beef burger and there was plenty of coleslaw salad vegetables.
And this is the very yummy Yam icecream I ate! I love this soft serve, and I haven't eaten a flavour in a soft serve before. We should lobby for the flavours available only in China like yam and honeydew!
And I'm gonna round off my burger special with some pictures from the Happy Valley Racecourse.. Horseracing is gamblers' paradise in HK, do you see how spectacularly grand the racecourse is?