Work ’ Dem BUNS

From Hainanese chicken to falafels to deep-fried cut­tle­fish, Rainie Lam scouts out the 10 most un­usual burg­ers in town, and sep­a­rates the tasty top­pers from the half-baked.

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1 Ra­men Burger

An in­ven­tion that’s made its way around the world in the past few years, the ubiq­ui­tous ra­men burger takes two of the junki­est snacks and mashes it up into one tasty hand­held bite. Head to the New York sub­way-in­spired Street Meat for a taste of their ra­men burger ($68), with deep-fried in­stant noo­dle “buns” en­cas­ing beef and kim­chi. It’s just crazy enough to work… although we can’t prom­ise you’ll be get­ting your day’s nu­tri­tion.

2 Cut­tle­fish Char­coal Burger

A hid­den gem in Tsuen Wan, The 5B Pri­vate Cor­ner is owned by a for­mer de­signer who’s sling­ing ca­sual, western-style eats out of an ex-in­dus­trial space. Go here for the homemade cut­tle­fish char­coal burger ($88) which is stuffed with a thick piece of deep-fried cut­tle­fish and dressed with tangy honey mus­tard. We love the slight smok­i­ness of the char­coal bread, which boasts a crispy top with a soft and dense in­te­rior.

3 Stuffed Cheese Pork Egg Burger

Be­sides be­ing a mouth­ful to say, the homemade stuffed cheese pork egg burger ($42) at Burger B is a mouth­ful to eat as well. In­stead of top­ping the meat, the cheese is melted di­rectly in­side the thick and juicy pork patty: The ad­di­tion of ba­con strips makes this one geared to­wards rag­ing car­ni­vores.

4 Pork Belly Bao

Lit­tle Bao brings a burger-like bent to Chi­nese baos by stuff­ing them plump full of juicy meat, pick­led sides and crunchy condi­ments. The highlight of the menu is the pork belly bao ($88), stuffed with a fatty slice of ten­der, slow­braised pork belly with a golden ra­tio of fat to meat. A bit of sesame dress­ing and hoisin ketchup el­e­vates the blend of east meets west. Round off the meal with a green tea ice cream bao ($48)… go on, you know you want to.

5 “Wu Tang Style” Burger

The Butch­ers Club Burger is no stranger to bend­ing burger laws, and more of­ten than not they hit a home­run. The Wu Tang Style burger ($120) blends Ja­panese and Korean in­gre­di­ents with their dry-aged beef pat­ties for a fu­sion fla­vor bomb. Tem­pura sweet potato, Kew­pie mayo and a whop­ping hand­ful of kim­chi make this one for the ad­ven­tur­ous—and the hun­gry.

6 Soft Shell Crab Burger

Seafood lovers should make a pit stop at

Burg­e­room, which of­fers up burg­ers filled with fresh ocean pro­duce. The soft shell crab burger ($108) is def­i­nitely a stand-out, with a whole deep-fried soft shell crab dish­ing up a sat­is­fy­ing crunch in ev­ery bite.

7 Ja­panese Eel Burger

You’ve prob­a­bly never thought of putting eel in a burger, but the con­cept isn’t so far-fetched… af­ter all, a sushi roll is just an­other kind of carb sand­wich, right? At Seafood Stand, two golden buns hold pre­mium Ja­panese eel, grilled and glis­ten­ing af­ter a quick trip un­der the broiler. The teriyaki sauce adds a umami punch, while tomato, mayo and a hand­ful of frisée com­pletes the ef­fect.

8 Falafel Burger

What’s the best way to jazz up a veg­gie patty? Dip it in the deep-fryer, of course. The Veg­gie Falafel ($82) at BLT Burger scores high on fla­vor and tex­ture. Wellsea­soned with pars­ley, cayenne pep­per and gar­lic, the falafel boasts a crunchy outer layer jux­ta­posed with soft slices of creamy av­o­cado. It’s enough to make us go veg­e­tar­ian (for a day)…

BUN-O-ME­TER Shop B224A, B2/F, Times Square, 1 Mathe­son St., Cause­way Bay, 2506-1500.

9 Hainan Chicken Rice Burger

With only seven seats avail­able at May Day Burger, you’ll have to ex­er­cise a lit­tle pa­tience for your or­der to ar­rive, but the Hainan chicken rice burger ($65) is worth it. Fla­vor­ful, oily rice is pan-fried to a golden color—slightly burnt around the edges—and stuffed with ten­der chicken and re­fresh­ing cu­cum­ber. A dab of spicy sauce caps off the win­ning combo of hot, cold, sa­vory and pick­led el­e­ments.

BUN-O-ME­TER Shop B, G/F, 117 Ivy St., Tai Kok Tsui, 5437-1969.

10 An­gus Beef Cubes Burger

A fam­ily-friendly joint dec­o­rated like a yel­low school bus, Burger Bus of­fers more than just gim­micks: Their An­gus beef cubes burger ($69) is a juicy, fla­vor­ful bite that swaps out a reg­u­lar round patty for in­di­vid­ual beef chunks, which sup­pos­edly helps to lock in the fla­vor. As for us, we just en­joy skew­er­ing the pieces with tooth­picks, like mini ke­babs…

BUN-O-ME­TER Shop 1066, 1/F, Dis­cov­ery Park, 398 Cas­tle Peak Rd., Tsuen Wan, 2242-2798.

BUN-O-ME­TER G/F, 50 Wyn­d­ham St., Cen­tral, facebook.com/street­meat.hk

BUN-O-ME­TER Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Shop 10, G/F, Rialto Build­ing, 2 Lan­dale St., Wan Chai, 2528-2083.

BUN-O-ME­TER $83. Shop 11, G/F, East­way Tow­ers, 59-99 Shau Kei Wan Main St. East, Shau Kei Wan, 2529-2522.

BUN-O-ME­TER G/F, 66 Staunton St., Cen­tral, 2194-0202.

BUN-O-ME­TER Room B, 5/F, Tsuen Tung Fac­tory Build­ing,

38-40 Chai Wan Kok St., Tsuen Wan, 3956-3926.

BUN-O-ME­TER Shop D, G/F, Food Street, 50-56 Pater­son St., Fash­ion Walk, Cause­way Bay, 2890-9130.

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