In Singapore, you can get a Michelin-starred meal for less than $2.
Yes, that’s true. Two modest food stalls made history in July when they became the first street “hawker” stalls (as called in Singapore), to be awarded a Michelin star.
Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice And Noodle and Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle were among 29 dining venues to feature in the new Singapore guide. The country has more than 100 open-air hawker centers and 6,000 stalls selling popular multi-ethnic meals making it the first south-east Asian country in the world, and the fourth in Asia, to be rated by the Michelin Guide.
Chan Hon Meng, the owner of Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle, was surprised when he got a call from the respected French restaurant guide about earning a star.
“I asked them, ‘Are you joking? Why would Michelin come to my stall?’”
The 51-year-old Chan, who serves 150 portions of his signature chicken rice dish everyday around lunchtime for $2.50 SGD a go, has no immediate plans to increase the price of his food despite his newfound prestige. He is now working 17-hour shifts to keep up with the demand, selling 180 chickens a day, 30 more than he was before he won the award. And yet, that amount is barely enough.
The stalls have been causing quite the stir since they went global. You can also savor a bowl of Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle for as little as $5 SGD, that is, if you have the time to queue up with the hungry hordes that have descended on the stall since it has won its Michelin star.
Have you tried either of these places? Heard there is a queue outside these stalls even before they are open to the public, as early as 9:30 AM! I am heading their way right now! Do care to join me. But if you prefer the fine dining experience, choose from an array of gift cards, only at Mooments.