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This Street Food Stall In Singapore Just Received A Michelin Star

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Food & Drink Editor
Updated: 4 October 2016
Michelin has released its first guide to Singapore. Among the French-influenced fine dining restaurants, there’s a small street food stall.

At less than £3 per dish, it has to be some of the cheapest Michelin starred food available. Among the likes of world class chefs like Joel Robuchon (whose Singaporean outpost took the only three stars of the night) there were two ‘hawker’ food stalls. Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle and Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle both got one star each. It goes to show Michelin isn’t all about fine tableware or silver service, but the quality of the food.

Chan Hon Meng, from HK Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle, has worked 100 hour weeks for the last 35 years, making simple food for his loyal customers. You can watch his story, and moment of glory, in this beautifully shot video.

Hawker centres can be found in most South East Asian cities, and are organised open-air food courts containing a variety of stalls. Often found near offices or housing project they provide simple, quick and good value food to their customers. Singapore, in particular, has a whole culinary culture around the simple concept of the street food stall.

This isn’t the first time stars have gone to smaller, simpler restaurants. Hong Kong dim sum chain Tim Ho Wan’s hole-in-the-wall venue gained a star in 2010, while in 2015, Tutsu, a ramen restaurant in Tokyo, did the same. Indeed, Tokyo has more Michelin stars than any other city in the world. So, it seems that Michelin in Asia is trying to cast its net wider and include more accessible venues. But what of its occidental half? We await the first starred fish and chip shop or pizzeria with bated breath. And if you fancy being a Michelin inspector, here’s what you need to know.