HWKR, the city food hall specialising in Southeast Asian street food, will soon play host to four new pop-ups.
Taking inspiration from bustling hawker food centres in Singapore and Malaysia, HWKR’s pop-up stalls rotate every three months.
The next instalment, the third since HWKR opened in February this year, will host Sydney burger spot Ume. It’s the first venture into the Melbourne food scene for the popular Japanese-inspired diner, which will be launching Ume Dogs.
The Kimchi Dog – one of five on offer – combines kimchi, tonkatsu sauce, mayo, crunchy noodles and cheese, all piled on top of a wood-smoked frankfurt. If you prefer to DIY, grab a Basic Boi and choose your own toppings.
“I used to live in Vancouver and there was a cute hot dog stand there. And I’ve drawn inspiration from that,” says Ume Dogs founder Kerby Craig. “The hot dogs use the flavour profiles that we like from Japan ... so now we’re just applying them to a hot dog. We’re just having some fun with it.”
Son in Law has been serving HWKR diners modern Thai since July, and will be launching a dessert menu in August.
Head chef Paige Nipatvaranan is excited about her kitchen’s house-made chocolate ball, which is shaped like a cartoon character created especially for HWKR. The thin chocolate sphere comes with a side of warm Nutella, coconut pandan or milk-tea sauce, which is poured over the ball, revealing a crepe cake inside.
The winner of MasterChef 2018, Sashi Cheliah, will launch his first eatery at HWKR on August 17. Gaja by Sashi will offer home-style Malaysian, Chinese and Singaporean dishes including beef rendang, Kerela chicken and lamb biryani.
Rounding out the new additions is Poklol x Puffle. The team will be serving Hong Kong-style savoury egg waffles stuffed with melted cheese, in flavours inspired by Vietnamese, Mexican and Korean cuisine. There’ll be dessert waffles, too.
This article was updated on August 6, 2018 at 3.50pm.
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