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A meaty Chinese street snack gets its due — and some American twists — at a new virtual restaurant.
Owners John and Arami Hackett (who are American and Chinese, respectively) based it on roujiamo, a street snack popular in China’s west-central Shanxi Province. If you’ve tried one of these small stuffed flatbreads (say, at Chinatown’s Xi’an Cuisine), you’ll find the Han Burger heftier and more tricked out.
The namesake menu item at the Han Burger is a reimagination of a popular Chinese street food called roujiamo, which is often referred to as a Chinese hamburger. The first time co-owner John Hackett tasted the dish in Nanjing, China, he knew he wanted to replicate the taste experience here in Chicago. After plenty of experimentation and some deviation from tradition, he nailed the recipe and opened the Han Burger with his wife, Arami. The couple's handheld morsels feature super tender, slow-roasted pork belly and beef brisket, which is stuffed inside a from-scratch bun and topped with chili sauce and cilantro.
Husband And Wife Duo Bring Chinese Burgers To Humboldt Park With New Takeout Spot
The Han Burger features Chinese burgers with pork belly or beef brisket, slow-cooked for 10 hours in spices with fresh cilantro, with hot peppers from Taiwan on traditional "mo" buns.
Despite, well, everything, new restaurants continue to open in Chicago. So when we find one with delicious food, we’re still going to tell you all about it. And Han Burger is one of these places. It’s a virtual restaurant (meaning it’s takeout and delivery only, not owned by The Lawnmower Man) that opened in Humboldt Park on June 1st. Their specialty is roujiamo: a Chinese sandwich filled with spicy slow-cooked meat and peppers on a housemade mo bun.