Four new pop-ups and stacks of buoyant inflatable pool toys are coming to slick laneway food hall HWKR.

HWKR is a contemporary space inspired by the bustling hawker food centres in Malaysia and Singapore at which tenants rotate every three months. It has hosted numerous Southeast Asian street-food pop-ups since it opened in February this year.

From now until the end of February the cast of pop-ups includes Malaysian hawker restaurant Junior Tan offering favourites such as laksa, Nasi Lemak and soft-shell crab; 2018 My Kitchen Rules finalist Kim Tran who will be pumping out Vietnamese dishes; and longstanding HWKR resident The Modern Eatery – its seared sushi will continue to sizzle alongside seasonal additions such as poke bowls and donburi rice bowls. There will also be burgers from Kung Fu Burgers in South Yarra.

Sweet summer treats at HWKR come from Melbourne’s first bingsu-dedicated dessert bar Scoopy Milk Bar, which will be dishing up its Korean shaved ice dessert (it’s like milky snow). Sponge cakes injected with durian cream filling, and other durian creations such as soft-serve and cronuts will be available from Footscray’s HS Cakes. Pierrick Boyer’s HWKR selection features delicate sweet creations for late-night dessert cravings including a tangy lemon tart and a hazelnut dacquoise – a layered dessert featuring meringue and praline.

HWKR will be transformed into a tropical wonderland with the help of Sunnylife, an Australian summer lifestyle brand. Inflatables in all sorts of summery shapes will serve as spots to lounge around in and taste vibrant Asian flavours and chilled cocktails. Amid the pop-ups will be Sunnylife’s kiosk, where the beach-fun accessories will be available to buy.

HWKR
137 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne
(03) 9018 7135

Hours:
Sun to Thu 11.30am–10pm
Fri & Sat 11.30am–11pm

hwkr.com.au