Michelin-starred restaurants are the most coveted and dignified honor every restaurant can dream of. But you cannot imagine that a tiny stall in the center of Singapore that only sells one thing – chicken with rice or noodles, could have this honor!
Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle is a decent and humble street-food stall in the Chinatown Complex, which is an open-air food court and Singapore’s largest street-hawker center.
It’s the cheapest Michelin-starred meal you can get across the world. Chan Hon Meng won this award in 2016 and was so surprised that he could not believe it and asked if the Michelin committee were joking when they invited him to the Michelin Guide Singapore Gala Dinner.
It is similar to any other stall in the area offering cooked chickens hanging from hooks and large pots steaming fragrantly on the stove. But the long queue that you can find at this food stall speaks loud about its uniqueness. This queue is formed daily, with tourists and locals alike waiting three hours or more to taste Chan Hon Meng’s iconic S$2 (£1.07) chicken dish.
Food after Long Queue
The owner of this food stall, Chan Hon Meng, works 17 hours every day, cooking 180 chickens in his tiny kitchen to serve his hungry customers. The chicken is poached and then coated with a dark soy sauce. You’ll get the same sauce on your plate, along with a spoonful of chili sauce, a few green vegetables, some slices of the tender flavorful chicken and dried shrimp. You can eat it outside the stall or can take it away with you once you clutched the disposable plate you’ve queued for hours to get in your hands.
Expanding Servings to New Countries
Due to the popularity of the stall, Chan Hon Meng has opened a restaurant near the original location, with air conditioning and sit-down tables. It is about to open new branches in international locations. He’s collaborated with a company called Hersing Culinary to potentially open Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle in other countries like Thailand, Taiwan, and the Philippines.
Taste that Lasts
It is a great food as it is widely claimed by everyone. The chicken is aesthetically coated and shiny with soy sauce and is toothsome and juicy within. It is accompanied by the flagrant and sticky rice and is doused with the savory sauce from the chicken. It is coupled with the fresh cucumber slices and the beans on the side add textural variation and crunch to the plate.
While it cost £6 rather than $2, you can’t expect any negotiation when you’re eating a Michelin starred-meal for so less price. Until Hawker Chan comes up with his chicken-cooking prowess around the world, you’ll have to travel to Singapore to spend $2 to enjoy this feast and you will be certain that it will be worth the money.