World's cheapest Michelin-star meal

World's Cheapest Michelin-star Meal

(CNN) — Singapore’s Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle — the humble hawker stall right now home to the planet’s cheapest Michelin-star meal — was the only place you could try Chan Hon Meng’s iconic S$2 ($1.42) chicken rice dish.

World's Cheapest Michelin-star Meal

right now, there are two.

World's Cheapest Michelin-star Meal

Late last year the chef-owner partnered with Hersing Culinary to open Liao Fan Hawker Chan, a casual dine-in offshoot located meters away by his Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre-based stall in Singapore.

“I didn’t know anything about the Michelin Guide, yet I knew which was for a very ‘high’ type of food,” admits the Malaysian-born chef, who initially dismissed news of Michelin’s interest in his stall as a joke.

World's Cheapest Michelin-star Meal

He has since undergone quite the learning curve of the guide’s impact on any given restaurant.

World's Cheapest Michelin-star Meal

“I didn’t know anything about the Michelin Guide,” says Chan Hon Meng, chef-owner of the planet’s only Michelin-starred hawker stall.

World's Cheapest Michelin-star Meal

The brand new expansion seats 80 diners and also also also still includes take-out service, which is actually a necessity: on Hawker Chan’s second soft-opening day, an ever-growing line of tourists and also also also locals spilling out of the restaurant and also also also onto the sidewalk almost mirrored which of the stall, where people wait for several hours to experience his famous fare.

World's Cheapest Michelin-star Meal

“The customers here [at Hawker Chan] are a bit more demanding,” Meng tells CNN while seated in his brand new restaurant.

“Upstairs [at the stall], they will just stand there and also also also wait. They are more patient.”

Hawker Chan’s menu is actually a duplicate of the stall, including the char siew noodles, pork rib hor fun and also also also Meng’s legendary Cantonese-style soya sauce chicken rice.

Marked up cost = more comfort

So what’s different about Hawker Chan?

For one, which’s an air-conditioned, up-to-date space unlike the stall’s spartan, often muggy food court location, and also also also which has brand new dishes such as Thai-style tofu and also also also wonton soup in addition to combo platter options.

The number of staff quadruples which of the hawker stall, which should surely help curb wait times.

You’ll also right now find the 52-year old Michelin man himself cooking and also also also overseeing the brand new restaurant, while occasionally checking in on the original stall, which his wife, Irene, helps manage.

There is actually a cost to pay for the more comfortable dining experience, however: the SGD $2 chicken rice dish at the stall, for instance, is actually marked-up at SGD $3.80, which Meng explains is actually only to cover overhead expenses.

Still, each single-meal served at Hawker Chan will set you back less than US$4, a true value compared to various other restaurants helmed by a chef with Michelin honors.

Will Hawker Chan bring Chan Hong Meng his second “star?” which didn’t happen in Singapore’s 2017 Michelin Guide, yet there’s always the next year.

Just in case, Meng should keep his eyes peeled for a third venue.

Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle: Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, 335 Smith St, Singapore
Hawker Chan: 78 Smith St, Singapore

World's cheapest Michelin-star meal