By Chris Barnes
If you start craving authentic American style burgers while in Japan, you will most likely be disappointed with the demiglace sauce drenched hamburg steaks that a lot of Japanese restaurants offer. When you have the sort of craving that even McDonald's won't satisfy, try Shake Shack. Here are some reasons why we love this restaurant born out of a hot dog cart in Madison Square New York:
1. 100% all natural angus beef
Even my 8-year old loves the superior freshly ground beef patty of Shake Shack, which is proudly hormone-free and antibiotic-free. Cooked a nice medium unless otherwise specified, this results in a very juicy burger, even made more sumptuous with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, onions and gooey cheese and drizzled with the special tangy Shake Shack sauce.
2. The potato bun
The buns that cradle Shake Shack's patties and hotdogs are special. They are yellowish and taste slightly sweet. The texture is also distinctly supple and pillow-soft but not soggy. This is because Shake Shack's buns are made from potato starch, which absorbs and retains juices, keeping the bun's natural springiness. Turmeric is responsible for the appetizing yellow hue. Other bun ingredients include high-protein wheat flour, nonfat milk, sugar, and a blend of vegetable oil and butter. They're almost good enough to munch on their own.
3. Crinkle cut fries
There's something almost nostalgic about the shape of these fries. Sliced with corrugated blades, the increased surface area makes them crispier than other french fries. The grooves also pick up more ketchup and sauce than other fries. There's no denying that the fries look more fun too. Shake Shack's fries are pure crunchy, salty potato goodness in a tray and a perfect accompaniment to the burger.
See for yourself why we're bonkers over Shake Shack's burgers.
Shake Shack Kokusai is located in the open space between the two Tokyo International Forum buildings, where you will also find various food carts. It is a short walk from both Tokyo and Yurakucho Stations.
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For Sherilyn Siy, Asia is home. Born in Hong Kong, Sherilyn spent time in the Philippines, China, and now lives in Japan. She speaks English, Filipino, Chinese (or putonghua), and Hokkien, her family's local dialect. Running is one of her favorite ways to explore Japan. She proudly finished the 2015 Tokyo Marathon -- her first ever full marathon -- in 4 hours and 37 minutes. She was absolutely psyched when she got selected again to run the new Tokyo Marathon route in 2018. She hopes to complete other races in Japan.