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Here's what you can expect from Shanghai's first Shake Shack

Your new favourite burger joint is here...

Photograph: courtesy Shake Shack
When the first Shake Shack opened in NYC’s Madison Square Park, the idea was to create a seasonal food stand serving simple but high quality eats, with proceeds going to support the surrounding park. It was a good one that resulted in queues for hours at the original stand from the early 2000s, and now more than 200 restaurants worldwide, including Shanghai’s first location now open in Xintiandi.

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Photograph: courtesy Shake Shack (the restaurant's original location)

Today Shake Shack is known for its burgers, fries and milkshakes – all classic Americana fare you’d find at a drive-in in the ’50s – but it all began as an unassuming, albeit high-design, hot dog cart.

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Photograph: Ellen Schaft

At Shanghai’s first outlet, they've still got the hot dogs (the Shack-ago Dog is a shout-out to the Chicago-style hot dog with pickle relish, onion, sport peppers, mustard and celery salt), but the showstopper here is the Shackburger (47RMB) with melted cheese, tomato and lettuce that’s almost too simple to be as good as it is – the secret is in the Shacksauce and the carefully created bun to burger ratio, according to culinary director Mark Rosati. Pair it with crinkle-cut fries and beers custom-made for Shake Shack by Brooklyn Brewery (Boxing Cat is also available on tap for Shanghai loyalists).

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Photograph: courtesy Shake Shack

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Photograph: Ellen Schaft

The restaurant’s vegetarian options are also something to get excited about: the ’Shroom Burger (63RMB) is a fried portobello mushroom patty, filled with gooey cheese that oozes out as soon as you take a bite. Don’t skimp on the napkins because you’re definitely going need them.

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Photograph: Ellen Schaft

In the dessert department, the milkshakes are made with super creamy, freshly made frozen custard (there’s a 'Shanghai exclusive' yuzu-matcha-strawberry shake but opt for the Black and White, instead). Shake Shack has also paired up with Al’s Baking Co for a few Shanghai-only menu items. The Shack Attack is a crazy rich combo of Al’s brownie, chocolate custard, fudge sauce and chocolate chunks. The Straw-Bei Li Cheesecake gets it just right with vanilla custard, Al’s cheesecake and strawberries.

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Photograph: courtesy Shake Shack

Brace yourselves as we’re guessing the long queues are also something Shake Shack is bringing with it from NYC.

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