Shake Shack’s at it again – creating a weird, wonderful burger that customers will fall in love with, only to steal it away after a mere two days on sale.
This time around, the burger chain has teamed up with Michelin-starred chef Fergus Henderson to create something really special: a burger made from smoked eel, the slimy sea creature that’s understandably not exactly on top of most people’s To Eat list.
Costing a mere $10 and served only from September 15 to September 16, the smoked eel burger is a true artisanal creation, coming topped with smoked Niman Ranch bacon, pickled red onions, crème fraiche, horseradish, and watercress.
It’s an oddly sophisticated creation for the burger joint, but then, that is the point – Shake Shack wants to grab your attention with a cheap fancy meal that’s made of a meat you’re not likely to have tried before.
There is a reason why eel doesn’t come in burger form more often. The meat is very difficult to source, harvest, and prepare, and as such, it’s generally a rarity even among high society that normally love guzzling this kind of thing.
According to Will Horowitz, who provides eel sandwiches at Harry & Ida’s in New York, the best way for restaurants to properly prepare this meat is to kill and slice up the eels themselves, which has some hilarious risks attached thanks to the animals’ natural strength.
“Every so often, we get a bunch of live eel and someone doesn’t put a weight on top of the box. They can open a lid of a heavy cooler. You go into the walk-in refrigerator, and there are eel flapping around.”
The poor Shake Shack staff, having to deal with something like that! No wonder this is a limited food item!
Anyone who’s willing to wait in line can have a try of this bizarre burger next weekend. Just be sure to get there early if you want to try one – Shake Shack’s weird and wonderful limited creations normally attract huge crowds.
Whether people will be equally enticed by an eel meal remains to be seen, but either way, it’s worth trying simply for the novelty of a new food experience.