There’s nothing worse than being torn between your two favourite foods. If you’re feeling hungry and indecisive, the prospect of picking either a burger or a Chinese is almost too much to bear. Fortunately, thanks to one enterprising restaurant, you can now have the best of both worlds.
Red Farm is a Chinese franchise with a difference. Famed for delivering inventive twists on classic Chinese dishes, the restaurant has established itself as a cult destination in the New York dining scene and has now gone on to successfully cross the Atlantic. The results are seriously exciting for tentative foodies everywhere.
Standing side by side with more traditional dim sum are some seriously bizarre takes on Chinese tradition. In America, the restaurant has become notorious off the back of starters like “Pastrami Egg Rolls” and “Pastrami and Egg Plant Bruschetta”, but it’s in Britain where Red Farm’s creative juices have really been flowing.
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As well as “Pork and Crab Soup Dumplings” and “Three Chilli Chicken”, customers at the group’s Covent Garden branch can also tuck in to “Cheeseburger Spring Rolls”. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it?
As Red Farm has interpreted it, the cheeseburger spring roll features crisp-fried ground beef rolls stuffed with gooey cheese, served alongside a dip laden with pickles and raw chopped onion for an added acidic bite. It's fusion food, done fast.
The dish has understandably won fast food fans across the board. Soon after Red Farm’s London branch opened, The Guardian’s Tim Jonze described the dish as “something delicious, combined with something else delicious, to make something that is roughly, by my mathematical calculations, twice as delicious.” It’s not hard to see why it’s still on the menu.
The dish costs around £10 and is available as part of the extensive dim sum menu. It might look totally out of place in a traditional Chinese kitchen, but if there was ever a case for messing around with classic cooking, this is surely it.