2300 Webster Street (between 23 and 24th street)
Oakland, CA 94612
Why did we dine here? – Hawker Fare is run by the owner of top rated Commis Restaurant, making this casual eatery a must visit foodies spot. They focus on Asian street food or more every day cuisine with everything from Chinese to Thai dishes. No reservations, loud music, loud vibe.
Insider Tip – No reservations, so there is a line during peak hours
Cuisine – Asian
Location – Oakland Uptown
Opened – 2011
Service – Hawker Fare had reasonable service for a casual eatery. They do not have a lot of servers, but the ones that covered us were friendly and helpful.
Verdict – Hawker Fare surprised us with very good Asian cuisine. High quality ingredients, combined with competent cooking made for a solid meal.
Hawker Fare Signature Dishes – Pork belly, Kao Mun Gai, Green Papaya Salad
Hawker Fare’s Menu features half a dozen starters and seven rice bowls for lunch. Limited options for vegetarians.
Hawker Fare Food Picks:
Beef “larb” – grilled beef steak salad, red onions, mint, cilantro and toasted rice powder ($7.50) rare beef, mild zestiness, lots of cilantro, onions, adding a ton of flavor.
Blistered Green Beans – tossed in caramelized ginger “prhik king”, smoked pork bacon and dried shrimp ($7.00) looked unappealing but in the end were reasonable. They could have gone a little easier with the coating.
Our “Kao Mun Gai” – poached chicken served with a salted mung bean sauce, fresh cucumber and cilantro leaves ($9.50) contained a ton of high quality chicken meat that required the accompanying sauce.
24hr Pork Belly – Berkshire pork “tom kiem” style, five spice and sweet soy, with preserved vegetable mustard ($9.50) was an artery clogging dish consisting of 50% fat but well worth it.
“Kao Piak” – rice congee with 1000 y/o eggs, ginger and scallions with chicken cracklings and fried garlic ($7.50) was well done and huge. Bland jook, but good add ins.
Cone – milk Straus Organic Dairy soft serve ice cream in a old fashion sugar cone ($3.00) was fun and had a slight condensed milk flavor.
Hawker “Affogato” – condensed milk soft serve with a shot of hot Thai coffee ($5.00) a must for coffee fans. Pretty strong coffee.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)