Singapore Street Food Stall Receives Michelin Star
For the first time in history, two street food stalls in Singapore received a star from Michelin Guide. One of them is the Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle of Chan Hon Meng.
Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle is a stall in China Food Complex. Everyday, long queues form even before it opens as customers wait to experience their delicious Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle, Roasted Pork Rice, Char Siew Rice, Char Siew Noodles and Soya Sauce Chicken Rice.
Their chicken rice and noodle meal costs only $1.50 which is considered the cheapest Michelin-starred meal in the world.
Stall owner Chan Hon Meng grew up in a village in Ipoh, Malaysia with his farmer parents. He quit school when he was 15 years old and began to work in a restaurant where he learned to how to cook from a Hong Kong chef.
He said, “Whether you are a restaurant or a hawker I hope that every chef will put in their best effort as if he (the Michelin inspector) is tasting your food at every moment. That is our most important takeaway and only then will your food display your passion, with food you can never stop learning, I believe it’s the skill of a chef that makes his food outstanding”.
Michelin Guide is known for their excellent selection of the finest restaurants in different countries. They have their own inspectors that visit fine dining restaurants and secretly ranked them based on their quality of food. One star means “a very good restaurants in its category”, two stars means “excellent cooking, worth a detour” and three stars means exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”.