When it comes to technicality, pulled burgers are often referred as pulled-pork burgers commonly found in the Midwest of the States. As the name suggests, pork is often the main ingredient. However, with a touch of creativity, fundamental concepts can be modified into new creation. We often describe culinary as an adventure and it is, chef continuously think of new approaches to improve or create interesting dishes based on familiar items. Chef at Cafe Causette at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is preparing to offer a few of his versions of the familiar pulled "meat" burgers. No just pork anymore! As part the early bird tasting offer, between the 12 - 25 March 2012, you can try out the 5 mini Pulled "Meat" Burgers for a mere HKD88!! Cast your vote for your favourite flavor and the winning two (2) will be placed on the menu starting in April 2012!!! (don't worry, the final version will be full sized, not mini burgers!) ... Tried it already? Now cast your vote here > http://on.fb.me/zc0V2G
For the tasting, the following flavours will be offered:
- Braised pulled pork culottes, Kentucky BBQ sauce, XO Mayo
- Slow cooked short rib pulled beef, Kansas City Rib Sauce, Bone Marrow Mayo
- Stewed pulled lamb shoulders, East Texas BBQ sauce, Mustard Mayo
- Confit corn-fed pulled chicken leg, North Carolina BBQ sauce, hot pepper mayo
- Pork belly, kimchi, fresh shucked oyster
Aside from the Pork Belly which wasn't really "pulled," I say the other fitted the description quite well. There is a certain charm or simple attraction to how bite-size food items can make a meal ... fun!
Seeing dozens of mini burgers being served at once made things even more interesting! Which one should I pick, which one should I eat first or in our case, which one to photography first???
Out of the 5, I have to say I like the Pork, followed by Lamb, Beef, Chicken then Pork Belly. The richness of the BBQ sauce and the pork flavors made it quite memorable to my taste buds. The same applied for the Lamb but the subtle-ness of the Bone Mallow Mayo was slightly disappointing as in I expected a stronger flavors. Perhaps it was the proportion of the mayo with the size of the mini burgers which made it barely noticeable. So which one of the five would you like to try right away? I expect the cast my vote soon ... are you ready to do so for HKD88? Oh do order yourself a full order of fries to go along with the burgers!
Thanks Mandarin Oriental for the lovely invitation.
Oh one more thing ... did you know that Beijing's Da Dong famous for its Roast Duck is coming back to town and will be hosted at the Man Wah @ Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. I was lucky enough to be invited for a preview and aside from the famed Roast Duck, they are offering other signature dishes different from their last visit to Hong Kong. Mark your calendars, 14-22 April 2012, Roast Duck @ Man Wah!