IN THE BEGINNING
Inspired by our travels to Asia and memories of growing up, we all craved the unapologetic flavors of true Asian food—dumplings with bounce, spicy curries, crisp pork belly, and the list goes on. When in Asia, we knew the best dishes were on the streets from hawker stalls. At home, we turned to parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to get a fix from generations-old comfort food recipes. We sought out restaurants in hopes of finding a gem, only to be disappointed 9 times out of 10.
“What we knew was that there was nothing else like it.
What we didn’t know is if today’s restaurant-goer was ready for it.”
Finally, it hit us—we had to redefine “eating Asian” in the states. From day one, the food was at the core of Hawkers Asian Street Fare—generations of Asian street food recipes have been passed down, some of which are still served on the streets of Asia. But there had to be more. We wanted to build a restaurant that would tell the story of the hawker experience in a subtle and design-conscious way. We wanted great drinks to pair with great food. Most importantly, we wanted to create a place that was high-energy, but approachable in a t-shirt or a sports coat.
After months of planning, we opened the doors to the first Hawkers Asian Street Fare on March 15, 2011, in the Mills 50 neighborhood of Orlando. A week later we had a line around the block. Since then, we’ve taken the Hawkers’ brand coast to coast (of Florida, that is). And with regional expansion plans to South Florida, Atlanta, and beyond, the best is yet to come.
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WHAT IS A HAWKER?
Prominent on the streets of Asia, “hawkers” are street vendors who depend on locally grown ingredients to create dishes sold from mobile carts and stands. The most successful recipes, typically passed from one generation to the next, bring flocks of eager patrons. If you’ve ever traveled to Asia, you will know that the best foods are served by local hawkers.
From Char Kway Teow on the streets of Penang to Tom Yum out of the floating markets of Thailand, each region specializes in specific flavors and each hawker stall specializes in one or two dishes. Even in modern Asia, many decades-old hawker stalls are still renowned for the “best” of whatever dish they have mastered. Hawker stalls are such valuable real estate, that many are passed down from parent to child for generations.
We hand-picked the best and most popular street foods from all over Asia and put them into one menu. In fact, most of these recipes have been handed down in the founders’ families for generations and are still served on the streets of Asia today!
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