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This Beloved Burger Chain Is Adding 4 New Korean-Style Menu Items

The culinary director of Shake Shack shares exclusive insight on the inspiration behind the new dishes.

Shake Shack is dropping four new menu items—none of which are burgers—and they're only here for a limited time.

Starting today, the fast-food chain that's known for its stacked burgers, crinkle fries, and decadent milkshakes is debuting four new menu items—all of which demonstrate South Korean flair. Introducing the Korean-style Fried Chick'n sandwich, Korean-style Gochujang Chick'n Bites, Korean-style Gochujang Fries, and the Black Sugar Vanilla Shake. (Related: McDonald's Is Making These 8 Major Upgrades.)

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Courtesy of Shake Shack

The sandwich was inspired by a trip the Shake Shack culinary team took to South Korea when the first of 14 locations opened in the country. A local bartender in the area suggested they try a spot that specializes in Korean Fried Chicken… and the rest is history.

Mark Rosati, culinary director of Shake Shack, tells Eat This, Not That!:

"When Shake Shack enters a new market, we first explore the local culture and restaurant scene—from tiny, off-the-beaten-path spots and hidden treasures to fine-dining establishments and everything in-between. We seek inspiration for our menu and aim to build meaningful relationships with these restaurants, potential vendors, and others in the culinary space to better become part of the community and curate a menu that isn't just delicious, but resonates with guests. On my first trip to Seoul, I explored several local neighborhoods and was advised to check out the Korean fried chicken scene by two foodie friends that have local food blogs, and I immediately fell in love."

The Gochujang Chick'n sandwich (which is a variation of the U.S. Korean-style Fried Chick'n) first hit menus in October 2020 in Shake Shack Seoul, South Korea. You can get the Korean-style Fried Chick'n sandwich at all U.S. locations from now until April 5. The crispy chicken breast is glazed with Gochujang—described as a spicy-sweet fermented chili paste—and stacked on top of a bed of white kimchi slaw that's made with Choi's Kimchi and sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds. Pricing for the sandwich will start at $7.19.

If you're not in the mood for a sandwich, but still want to get a taste of the special sauce, you can opt for  the Korean-style Gochujang Chick'n Bites ($5.19 per 6-piece pack, $7.19 per 10-piece pack) or the fries ($3.49), which offer a unique blend of umami, spicy, and sweet flavors. For dessert, the handspun Black Sugar Vanilla Shake features toasty black sugar mixed with vanilla frozen custard, whipped cream, and drizzled back sugar syrup. According to Shake Shack, the flavor is very popular in Korea, Taiwan, and other Asian Markets.

This new limited-edition menu isn't the first time the brand has rolled out distinctive dishes: During the month of December, Shake Shack offered a line of luxurious burgers topped with a creamy black truffle sauce.

For more, don't miss The Best and Worst Fast-Food Chicken Sandwiches, According to a Dietitian.

Cheyenne Buckingham
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