Local Bites: New Fall/Winter Menu at Hawkers Asian Street Fare

Just when I thought there wasn’t anything that could make me love Hawkers Asian Street Fare any more than I already do, they go and add new dishes to the menu to make me fall harder.

I got the opportunity to enjoy dinner with them and discover the latest and greatest offerings, and they did not disappoint. Scroll on for all the savory (and sweet!) goodness:

Salt-N-Pepa Ribs: Double-fried crispy pork riblets tossed in ginger, Serrano peppers, garlic & onions

Shanghai Stir Fry: Rice cakes stir-fried with lo mein sauce, pork strips, shiitake mushrooms, napa cabbage, spring onions & bean sprouts

‘Dry Pot"‘ Caulilini: Caulilini tossed with celery, spring onions, red pepper & Szechuan peppercorn

Crispy Canton: Crispy egg noodles topped with pork strips, shiitake mushrooms, bean sprouts, spring onions & a savory soy sauce

Seoul Hot Chicken Steamed Baos: Two fluffy, steamed buns filled with Seoul Hot Chicken & house-made pickles

Jo-he Bag o’ Donuts: Doughy pastry puffs tossed in cinnamon sugar & covered in powdered sugar

All of the newest menu items were delicious - in fact, if you’re sharing with a friend, I recommend ordering everything, as it was enough to feed pH and I both and leave us feeling satisfied. But if you’re picking and choosing, I’d personally recommend:

Shanghai Stir Fry: I am such a big fan of the chewy texture of rice cakes, and I’m so used to only being able to have them when we go out for seriously spicy Korean food, which limits me from stuffing my face like I’d want to. Hawkers’ Shanghai Stir Fry is the perfect solution: I get a savory dish that’s filled with rice cakes with zero heat backlash - but if you want to add some heat, my pro tip is to ask your server for a spice tray.

‘Dry Pot’ Caulilini: If caulilini doesn’t sound familiar to you, don’t worry - you’re not out of the loop. It’s a new-to-market veggie that has started trending this summer, essentially like if broccolini and cauliflower had a baby. It’s crispy/crunchy, and the way Hawkers seasons it makes it irresistible. I couldn’t stop going back for more!

Crispy Canton: This dish reminds me of home - every time my mom ever cooked a big family meal, crispy egg noodles were never left off the menu. The toppings and sauce are added when the dish hits your table, in order to preserve the crispiness of the noodles, but even if you have leftovers to take home, they’re still delicious the next day - you essentially create lo mein when you heat it back up!

Seoul Hot Chicken Steamed Baos: Oh, these were incredible. The texture of the steamed buns was perfection, and the hot chicken was super crispy and full of flavor. All together, this dish packs a punch, in the best way possible.

Hawkers Asian Street Fare is located at 1235 Central Avenue in St. Pete. The restaurant is open Sunday through Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to midnight. You can view the menu here.

*Disclosure: The meal featured in this post was provided by Hawkers Asian Street Fare for editorial consideration. This post was written on my own accord, and opinions expressed here are my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Hawkers Asian Street Fare.