Shake Shack Teams Up with Hoppers to Cook Up One-off Creations
This two-day-only collab features the Lankan Shack, cheeseburger topped with curry-braised short rib, coriander chutney mayo, mustard cream, pickled red onion, fresh coriander and green chilli served in a toasted potato bun.
We’ll also be serving up crinkle-cut fries dusted with curry salt and topped with our Shack cheese sauce, green chillies and curry leaf podi.
There’ll also be Toddy Ale, the love child of India’s Pale Ale and Sri Lanks’s coconut toddy. Unpasteurised ‘Sri Lankan pale ale’ with tons of juicy hops, finished with coconut for a smooth mouth-feel.
How to nab the Lankan Shack & Chilli Cheese Fries
You can grab the Lankan Shack and Chilli Cheese Fries on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th December at the Covent Garden Shack from 12pm onwards whilst stocks last.
Good Eats for a Good Cause
As part of our mission to Stand for Something Good, we’re committed to supporting and investing in our local communities.
Net proceeds from The Lankan Shack and Chilli Cheese Fries will be donated to The Felix Project, London’s largest food redistribution charity that rescues surplus food from the food industry to deliver to frontline charities, primary schools and holiday programmes to help feed local communities.
Meet the Chef
We sat down with Chef, Koran Gokani to get the scoop on everything, from his story behind the creation of Hoppers to the inspiration behind this collab.
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF & YOUR CAREER
I grew up in Mumbai and moved to England in 2005 to study law at the University of Cambridge, later worked as a Solicitor in London.
Even as a practicing lawyer, my passion for food has never faded, I spent my spare time and weekends in professional kitchens. In 2012, I left my legal career to move back to India to reconnect with Indian food and pursue a career in hospitality.
A year later we opened a Sri Lankan and South Indian restaurant on Frith Street, Soho in 2015. The Hoppers group now spans three restaurants in Soho, Marylebone and Kings Cross.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO OPEN HOPPERS?
Hoppers was the first Sri Lankan restaurant of its kind in Central London.
It takes inspiration from the home cooking and roadside stalls of Sri Lanka and South India, serving Hoppers, Dosas, Kothu, Short Eats, Rice and Roasts.
WHY PARTNER WITH SHAKE SHACK?
Mark and I have been discussing a collab burger for the past 3 years. As we finally saw this becoming a reality, we wanted to create a burger that represented both our brands but was, at the same time, much more than the sum of its parts.
We think we’ve nailed it and have a burger that’s got everything a beautiful Shack burger should have, along with the spice, curry and punchy flavours you’d expect from a dish at Hoppers.
Our fries were inspired by one of my favourite dishes at Hoppers, the chilli cheese dosa, a crisp rice and lentil crepe topped with cheese and green chillies. I’ve eaten my bodyweight in these while testing and shooting the recipe and have no doubt they are the best fries I have ever tasted!