Shake Shack fans call this THE BEST burger in the world (perhaps In-N-Out fans and others have differing things to say), and the fast-casual restaurant has become an institution of sorts to visit for foodies.
Not too bad for this used-to-be humble hot dog cart which started in Madison Square Park.
The burger chain was awarded licensing rights to Korean F&B conglomerate SPC Group to set up a Shake Shack in Singapore.
The group is also behind bakery brand Paris Baguette, and known for introducing global brands to the Korean market including Baskin Robbins, Dunkin’ Donuts, Caffe Pascucci, LINA’s and Jamba Juice. (Maison de PB at JEWEL Changi Airport located just opposite Shake Shack is also opened by the same group.)
The Singapore menu features Shake Shack’s signature items including the ShackBurger, Shack-cago Dog, classic crinkle-cut fries, and frozen custard ice-cream.
5 burgers will be offered for a start, including ShackBurger, SmokeShack, ‘Shroom Burger, Shack Stack, and Hamburger. Here are some of Shake Shack Singapore highlights:
ShackBurger ($9.20 for single, $12.90 for double)
The burger to order if you are a first-timer. Their burgers are known to be made with freshly ground 100% Angus beef – prized for its delicate texture, great taste and no added hormones.
People would like the potato roll (aka burger bun) having a pillowy softness and chew that went really well together.
The star is typically the sauce as it would add the extra dimension to the overall taste.
Given the choice, I would recommend to go for the double as the patties are indeed moist and juicy, much better than the ones you get from the average fast-food joint.
However, I did find the burger overall on the saltier side, and distracts from the juices of the meat.
(Just FYI, in New York City, it is about USD5.90 for a single Shack Burger = SGD8; 6900 Won in South Korea = SGD8.20; and HKD50 = SGD8.60).
‘Shroom Burger ($10.80)
For the veggie lovers, the ‘Shroom Burger features a crisp-fried portobello mushroom filled with melted Colby Cheese, Monterey Jack and Tilsite Cheese, topped with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce, and served on a potato bun.
SmokeShack ($10.90 for single, $14.40 for double)
If you are feeling indulgent, get the SmokeShack Double which features applewood smoked bacon, chopped cherry peppers, in a buttered, toasted, soft potato roll.
This is personally my 2nd favourite item here for the crispy bacon (which contrasts well with the soft buns) and smoky ShackSauce that enhances the overall taste.
Shack Stack ($14.30)
A burger which combines both cheese and shroom burger with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce.
What you get is a combination of crispy-fried portobello mushroom, the signature juicy Angus beef patty, and slice of of cheese, all in one bite.
It could be a mess to consume, but I did like the mushroom component for the contrast of crisp outer layer and juicy mushrooms.
Shack-cago Dog ($6.50)
Features a 100% all-natural beef hot dog split and crisp then topped with relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper, celery salt and mustard.
Friends are divided on this. Some like the amount of ingredients which makes it colourful and multi-textured, but I thought it was made it too sour.
If you have a choice between the burger and dog, skip the dog.
Crinkle Cut Fries ($4.50, $5.90 for Cheese Fries)
If you like something crisp and not so soggy, go for the original. Otherwise, go for the cheese with an addictive cheese coating over.
Pandan Shake – Singapore Exclusive ($7.80)
Shake Shack’s frozen custards are said to use use only real sugar, no corn syrup, and milk from dairy farmers who pledge not to use artificial growth hormones.
The Singapore exclusive of Pandan Shake, included with vanilla frozen custard blended with pandan, coconut, all topped with Gula Melaka Crumble.
I need to provide ample warning for this. Many would love to order this as it is the Singapore Exclusive item.
However, let’s just say that even my friend who has a very sweet-tooth found this way too sweet. I thought it reminded me of IF Ondeh Ondeh would to be blended with ice cream.
Maybe get 5 friends to share and each take a sip if you are really curious. Otherwise, #diabetesalert.
Other Shakes flavours include vanilia, chocolate, salted caramel, black & white, strawberry, peanut butter and coffee made with Common Man coffee. I had the strawberry which was more manageable in sweetness.
Concretes – Shack Attack ($7.50 for single, $9.50 for double)
They have a segment under their menu listed as “Concretes”, which are frozen custard blended with different mix-ins.
The star item is the Shark Attack, essentially a cup of thick chocolaty ice cream with pieces of brownie in it, and would likely give a sugar high right after the first few mouthfuls.
Shake Shack Singapore
78 Airport Boulevard Jewel Changi Airport #02-256 Singapore 819666
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)