American cult fast food eatery Shake Shack gets PM Lee’s approval

Photo: Lee Hsien Loong/Facebook
Photo: Lee Hsien Loong/Facebook

We’ve all had our fair share of burgers. But there are those average bun-and-patty combinations, then there are burgers. The kind that gain cult followings and regularly receive obsessed odes written by devotees.

American fast food chain Shake Shack obviously belongs to the latter. Since its humble beginnings as a food cart at New York City’s Madison Square Park in 2004, the eatery has been raved about and enthusiastically praised by fans worldwide. Now with over 100 outlets across the globe, it’s seen people brave insanely long lines just to get a bite of the crazy popular burgers.

Unfortunately, even though Shake Shack is in parts of Asia like Japan and South Korea — with plans to expand into Hong Kong next year — it hasn’t made it over to Singapore, no matter how much we want it to.

Anyway, all that to say — since Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has traipsed across the globe for an official working visit to Washington DC this week to meet US President Donald Trump, amongst other officials, of course he had to set aside some time to sink his teeth into the legendary burger.

So during a “short break” in his schedule, PM Lee and his wife went to a Shake Shack accompanied by Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States, Ashok Kumar Mirpuri. According to Channel NewsAsia, PM Lee was encouraged to do so by his children.

Just look at those satisfied smiles below.

Besides visiting the iconic eatery, PM Lee also made time to visit the National Air and Space Museum. But back to the point — now that Shake Shack’s got our country’s leader’s approval, perhaps it’s time for the chain to set up shop here.

Fingers crossed.

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