One day, during a lazy day at home, I suddenly craved for a burger. I could go to any fastfood chain and get their biggest burger on the menu, but that wasn’t what I have in mind. I wanted something I’ve never tried before.
I haven’t been eating fastfood stuff since my chori burger hunt in Boracay. I’ve avoided burgers for a while (eating too much burgers is unhealthy), and I haven’t been eating out much, for that matter. It’s one of those dilemmas a food writer would experience one way or the other: no plan, no budget, no contacts, no reservations.
On the other hand, a craving is one of those things that spur a foodie into action, as long as the wallet allows it, I believe. But I digress.
A quick search in the internet led me to Hungree Burgers, a stall in a far-off corner of Makati. Too far from home, but the reviews were great. Go to Hungree Burgers, they say. It will be fun, they say. They serve really big burgers, they say. And go to Hungree Burgers I did.
Hungree Burgers is owned by noted jazz singer Arthur Manuntag. He opened the busines in 2000 as a hobby, but the burgers quickly gained a following among burger lovers and foodies. He now owns three branches serving these, should I say, titans or monstrocities, depending on your eating capacity. They look like regular buy-one-take-one burger stands, except you know the type of burgers they serve.
The star of Hungree Burgers is the eight-inch diameter burger, believed to be “Asia’s First & Original Giant Burger”. This is a big, family-sized burger patty topped with mayonnaise, ketchup, a few slices of cheese, cucumbers, and tomatoes. You can either order the Super Hungree (single patty), or the Super Dooper (double patties). It can also be sliced in pieces of six or eight. It’s that big, and just one slice is enough to sate your cravings, or leave you full at most.
If it’s any comfort for those who have smaller digestive systems, they have regular sized burgers and hotdogs. But I didn’t travel all the way to Makati just to get a small burger.
About ten minutes or so later, my Super Dooper was ready to be devoured. Carrying a soft box containing a damn heavy burger is difficult. Maybe a thicker carton box or some paddings would help. It was then that I realized I don’t want to be a greedy, meat-devouring pig, despite being hungry and capable of eating an eight-inch burger.
So off I went to Cafe Vinny’s to share the goods with the staff, and spend the night with a few glasses of whiskey. What a way to end a day of craving.
For some people, a burger isn’t just a quick snack while on the go; it’s also comfort food. They find delight in a soft bun stuffed with thick, juicy beef patties, fresh vegetables, flavorful cheese, and whatever add-ons that tickle their taste buds. For this, they want their burgers warm, heavy, and appetizing to the senses. They want their burgers to be worth the trip, worth the wait, and affordable. Most of all, they like their burgers big.
I haven’t even craved for burgers after that ordeal with the Super Dooper. Maybe it would be a while before I do, and by then I hope I could pass by Makati again, if only to have another stab at that thing by myself this time.
1421-B Zobel Roxas St.
fronting Rafael Palma Elementary School & SM ACA Kamagong
3714 Bautista corner Casino St.
#11 corner Armstrong & Moonbeam Sts.
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