Jacksonville, FL 32204
When I think of Hawkers Asian Street Fare, first thoughts, fun, tasty, adventuresome. I have been a fan since opening day and continue to return for the sheer joy of eating the food and being part of the energy that fills this space. This spot is always on point, a haven for hip locals and those of us who have no problem driving to satisfy the Asian experience. Small plates of well crafted and tasty Asian dishes with all the wonderful tastes, and spices used wisely to make dishes that not available anywhere else in town.
When we come here, we just order the plates that interest us, and in true Asian style they appear at the table when they are ready. So if you think you going to have your soup, salad, entree, spaced out neatly, you may be in for a surprise.
We were on a mission this visit, for a limited time special menu items were being offered. We were there for the Ramen. That does not mean we were not going to eat anything else, there are some items that are a must order no questions asked. Here are a few of those dishes.
A most delightfully tangy dish with a helping of Malaysian flat bread served with a side of spicy curry dipping sauce.
This dish was everything I hoped it would be. Broth rich, spicy with a plentiful serving of the roast pork, perfect, melt in the mouth flavorful. And when all the goodies are gone, just pick up the bowl and savor the broth.
The Shoyn Ramen with tofu is not as rich as the Pork Belly but equally as good and perhaps somewhat more healthy. I was not here to be healthy today.
And yes we did save room for dessert. We shared a trio of tea flavored brûlée custard. These are very nice, and I especially favor the Thai tea dish.
I had to have my own dessert and this is the only spot in town that offers it. If you have heard about Durian fruit you know the smell is wicked, but the taste is well different, but pleasant and this preparation bring out the best in the fruit. Plus someone else has already made it easy to enjoy. So push out of your comfort zone and try something new.
So my thoughts, get your best foodies together, at make the tripe over and eat dishes you will not find anywhere else in town. If you happen to live or be in the Orlando area, there is a Hawkers there as well and is equally as good in food and service.