Hawkers Asian Street Fare of Windermere Celebrates Lunar New Year
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It was quite fortuitous that I got hungry on Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2019) afternoon around 3:00 pm and looked for a restaurant that hubby and I had not yet tried in Windermere. After surfing through the web, we’ve decided to try the Hawkers Asian Street Fare at 9100 Conroy Windermere Road, Suite 110, Windermere, FL (Hours of operation: Sun-Mon-Tues (11:00 am-10 pm); Wed-Thurs (11:00 am-11:00 pm); Fri-Sat (11:00 am-11:30 pm)).
To be quite honest, I’ve driven by this place multiple times and have noticed their “Hawkers” sign, but I didn’t realize it is an Asian street food restaurant. The last time I encountered the word “Hawker” was during my teens, in Charles Dickens novels. For those of you who might be curious, “hawker” is/was a vendor of merchandise that can be easily transported, and often advertised by loud street cries or chants to enhance attention and sales. So, the name “Hawkers” is rather aptly named since the food items being peddled or sold are authentic Asian street foods from Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, etc. True, it’s a great way to get the experience of travel without the need of a passport. What a great way to enjoy tapas, Asian style.
At the entrance, a lettuce with a red envelope inserted through its core was hung above in front of the door. In Chinese, the pronunciation of lettuce or cabbage is very similar to the sound of the word for “wealth”.
With the inserted red envelope, it’s definitely a sign of welcoming wealth for the establishment during the Lunar or Chinese New Year. Upon entering the establishment, the three Mandarin characters meaning “Start the Meal!” or “Open Rice!”
and table with newspapers adhered to the table top (to remind us that this is a restaurant for street food) were both cozy and unique,
unlike any other Asian fusion restaurants that I’ve ever visited. The menu at Hawkers had a wide selections of small plates, noodles soups, salads, noodles, rice, sweets, drinks, etc., a great place to come for a meal or to snack to try and share great variety of items with friends or families without needing to worry about calories (because as the name suggested: small plates). These dishes were inspired by owners’ travels to Asia and memories of growing up when they craved the unapologetic flavors of true Asian food-dumplings with bounce, spicy curries, crisp pork belly, and the list goes on.
When we were half way through our meal of 4 items, the manager came by to give us some red envelopes, some for discount cards for our future visits and some to be given to the lion during the celebratory lion dance at 3:30 pm. To share with you the lion dance and martial arts performance provided by Hawkers Asian Street Fare of Windermere, check out the video below:
Photographed, gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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