Newcastle and Charlestown burger purveyor Rascal has quite rightly built up a solid reputation. for out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to their weekly burger specials.
Well, the burger boffins have really hit it out of the park this week, teaming up with Korean street food and dumpling “royalty” Sukimama for what Rascal has dubbed “possibly the most delicious and exciting BOTW collaboration.”
It’s called The Sukimama, and it’s the perfect fusion of the classic burger and Korean street food.
Two hand-made Hotteok, or kimchi and cheese stuffed pancakes, bookend a tantalising combination of a wagyu patty, cheese, a crispy flat pork and beef dumpling, kimchi and pear slaw, sweet soy dressing onions and pickles.
“We really wanted to bring something unique to the table,” Sukimama’s Suki Kwon told Newcastle Live.
“The Korean pancakes are maybe Korea’s number one street food. Usually, they’re filled with a sweet sugar syrup but I’ve been playing around with it and stuffed it with kimchee and cheese.
“This burger highlights the things that I guess I’m known for here in Newcastle – Korean street food and dumplings as well, as Rascal’s awesome ingredients – everything’s a standout.”
Suki added that the collab had been a long time in the making with a certain global event scuttling an earlier airing.
“Many years ago when Rascal first opened, Tom Robinson one of the chefs, and I talked about doing a collab, and then finally at the beginning of the year I spoke with Tim Montgomery about doing a burger together which was just before COVID,” Suki explained.
“When everything shut down we put it on hold and we’ve been talking about when to do it and now seemed like the perfect time – I’m very excited to see it launched today.”
Suki said the initial idea for the collaboration had been quite different, but after some culinary alchemy, the Sukimama was born.
We had another idea as well and we went into the kitchen and played around – Tim’s amazing that way – and in an afternoon we came up with this burger, had a taste and were like: “oh my God, this is amazing,” she laughed.
“The flavours just work so incredibly well with their ingredients and mine – their wagyu patty is such a standout.”
Tim added that while Rascal has long been in the business of collaboration, working with the likes of Doughheads and Mayfield West Kebabs this meeting of culinary minds was a little different.
“This is a bit more unique because it contains things that aren’t necessarily found in burger joints – it’s unlike anything we’ve but together before. We’re all really happy with how it turned out.”
“It’s hard to be original in a burger joint because when it comes to putting things in a bun everything’s pretty much been done so it have something that is a little bit more creative is really cool.”
The Sukimama is available now but you’re going to want to get in quick because these things are likely to sell like Hotteok!
Rascal is located at 266 King Street, Newcastle and The Corner Precinct, Charlestown Square.