We had the same doubts as food blogger Kenneth Lee – “I think the impression was that [Michelin] establishments should be fancy, sophisticated, have a good décor, have fancy food with a lot of flair.” But apparently the winning formula is a little different. The food guide has just made an announcement that is first in its history, dating back to 1900. The Michelin guide has awarded two street food stalls in Singapore with a star each. The stalls are Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle. They are the names of the stall, not the dishes. Yea, I was confused too.
Apparently these stalls have been attracting ‘bees to honey’ with scrumptious pork noodles and soy sauce chicken rice. Owner of Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle, Chan Hon Meng, has people wait for 30-45 minutes on a regular basis to savour his soy sauce chicken rice. He serves around 150 meals a day at lunch hour, for $1.85 or $2.5 per plate. After this award, he fears people will end up having to wait for an hour or more. His winning formula is the use of fresh ingredients, he says. Chan is in awe by the global attention street food is receiving. With the Michelin star though, he is not considering a hike in prices. Not yet atleast. Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle is located in the Crawford Lane. A meal here doesn’t cost more than $10.
Singapore is the first Southeast Asian country and the fourth in Asia to be rated by the Michelin Guide. The city has more than 100 open-air “hawker” centers and 6,000 stalls selling popular multi-ethnic meals.
[ Via : Telegraph ]