Last Wednesday, I got out of work a little early to try out Hawkers Asian Street Fare’s new happy hour, “Hoppy Hour” (no rabbits involved) with my husband Joel. It was only our second time (we visited the first week it opened) but did not disappoint! Of course, cheap beer and food never really does.
Eat: $3 small plates galore. We didn’t try everything on the hoppy hour list, but we did try most of it. We started off with the chicken egg rolls, chili garlic edamame and roti canai. We had the roti on our first trip to Hawkers and damn was it just as good as the first time! The chicken egg rolls were our favorite — the crispy exterior coupled nicely with the sauce. Yum. We ordered two more plates before we decided we were stuffed: the BBQ Pork “Char Siu” and sesame chilled noodles. I’m not a fan of pork when its not in the shape of bacon, but the Char Siu was fabulous. The sesame chilled noodles (pictured) were way too peanut buttery, which would probably please the PB lover, but made me feel like I had paste in my mouth. After we were too full to eat any more, we ordered dessert. We requested the creme brulee but apparently they ran out. So we ordered the same dessert we had last time, the cinnamon roti. This sweet roti concoction is delightful.
Drink: Hawkers has a pretty sweet beer selection. For hoppy hour, I ordered the Bold City 1901 Red Ale, a personal favorite. Joel went off the hoppy hour script and had a Fin du Monde and then a Sweetwater 420.
Be Merry: We chose seating in what we thought was a coveted table by the window, but considering that at 4pm there wasn’t exactly a crowd and NOBODY ELSE was sitting by the window, it should have been a clear indicator to sit elsewhere. But, alas, we plopped down in our industrial-looking seats, happy to be inside from the oppressive heat, only to find ourselves cooking in the heat. A quick switch to the shaded table next to us and we were finally able to cool down.