What is full of onions, but won’t make you cry? Why, its Shake Shack’s new ShackMeister menu, of course

Deep fried crispy shallots are a staple topping to any dish — not only does it add crunch to any dish but also a fragrance that is unbeatable. Now, New York burger chain Shake Shack will be bringing in its award-winning ShackMeister burger here for a limited period until Nov 16. Based on the chain’s classic burger, it has an extra heap of crispy shallots topped on the Angus beef patty.

The ShackMeister Burger was first created in 2015 for a burger competition in the US. It won the Judge’s Choice for Best Burger award, and eventually appeared on the Shake Shack menu for a limited time that same year.

Shake Shack Singapore’s new ShackMeister menu features beer-battered shallots fried to a golden crisp added into their famous burger, hotdog and cheese fries. These shallots are marinated in a custom-brewed ShackMeister ale overnight and then tossed in the same coating as the Chick’n Shack (one of the brand’s items featuring crispy chicken breast, lettuce, pickles, and buttermilk herb mayo) with flour, cayenne and paprika then fried until golden.

Options had the opportunity to try out the ShackMeister menu and the addition of the deep fried shallots made every dish stand out that much more. For starters, try the ShackMeister Fries ($5.90), which comes with a generous helping of the crispy shallots on top of Shake Shack’s crinkle-cut fries and cheese sauce. The best way to have to have them is while they are fresh and hot. Take away is not recommended as it might end up being cold and soggy.

Also deserving of a mention are the hot dogs. The ShackMeister Dog ($6.50) has the same crispy fried shallots and its exclusive ShackSauce on its all-beef hotdog. It may be a simple dish — a grilled beef sausage in a buttered hot dog bun with cheese sauce and fried shallots — but there is nothing simple about the flavours that came together extremely well.

The same could be said about the ShackMeister ($10.90 for single, $14.40 for double). At first glance, the burger might not look like much. In fact, it might even look like a hot mess. So, will the generous fried shallot topping make a difference? We say yes. This absolute must-try burger is an explosion of flavours with that combination of the brioche bun, melted cheddar cheese slice, juicy grilled beef patty, ShackSauce and the crispy fried shallots.

All these items will be available at Suntec City, Jewel Changi Airport, Neil Road and Liat Towers from now till Nov 16.

The new Suntec City outlet features an exclusive dessert Matcha Made in Heaven ($7.50), a frozen vanilla custard mixed with strawberry yuzu jam and buttery shortbread, which is topped with matcha powder.

Singaporean artists Liquan Liew and Estella Ng of Ripple Root created a large-scale indoor-outdoor mural
welcoming guests into the Suntec City Shake Shack

But another reason to pop by the latest outlet is to check out the large mural created by Singaporean artists Liquan Liew and Estella Ng of Ripple Root. Their colourful paintings showcase motifs inspired by the Suntec City architecture and its Fountain of Wealth, which was listed by the Guinness Book of Records in 1998 as the largest fountain in the world.

At the entrance at Suntec City’s West Wing near the convention centre, guests can also trace the origins of Shake Shack from its first location at Madison Square Park to its newest outlet here rendered in splashy colours and bold patterns. Inside the store, the energetic work reinterprets Shake Shack signatures as a modern-day still life painting.


SHAKE SHACK SUNTEC CITY
3 Temasek Boulevard
#01-357 Suntec City Mall
Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 11am to 9.30pm daily