If you haven’t experienced the authentic taste of Singapore via a street food vendor yet, then maybe a Michelin star might persuade you to pay a visit to one of the gastronomic food centres the city is famed for.
Because now two stalls have become the first street hawkers to be honoured by the famous Michelin Guide.
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle were given a mention in the prestigious guide to eating out in Singapore.
There are more than hundred such street vendor “hawker” centres which comprise of approximately 6000 sellers of street and traditional foods.
These have long been known as the place to head to experience the authentic taste of Singapore and Asian cuisine in general.
This is the first time that a south east Asian country has been entered and rated in the Michelin Guide and it is only the fourth state in the whole of Asia to get a mention.
The excited owner of one of the venues, Hong Kong Soya Sauce expressed his enthusiasm at his stall’s inclusion, stating that it could help to persuade young people to go into catering and street food.
Proprietor Chan Hon Meng hopes the stars will go some way to regenerating the business, which he says is running out of younger blood to take over some of the older businesses, still being run by older chefs and cooks.
And is the stardom of being featured in the prestigious Michelin Guide going to lead to price rises? The 51 year old chef Mr Chan says that it will not. He has no plans to put up the, very modest, prices in his stall.
His most famous dish, the eponymous Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice will remain priced £1.40 (correct at the time of writing).
This is less than the price of a Big Mac and might even be the cheapest Michelin starred establishment in the world!
However, if you do go, you might have to be patient. Not surprisingly since the inclusion in the guide, the queues have been building up and you can expect to wait some time to be served!
The other recipient of the prestigious Michelin stars is the Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle. Here, winning chef Tang Chay Seng makes noodles and minced meat dishes.
And for more Michelin starred venues in the city state, then there is the French restaurant run by chef Joel Robuchon. This was the only eatery to be awarded three stars in Singapore.
There were six places to be awarded two stars, another restaurant by Joel Robuchon, this time L’Atelier and another two different French restaurants.
Another winner was Tetsuya Wakuda, owner of Japanese themed Waku Ghin in Marina Bay Sands. He cites the inclusion of Singapore in this world famous guide, as signalling the arrival of the country on the world stage of food.
One thing is for sure, Singapore is fast becoming one of the top destinations in the world for food lovers and should not be missed out of any gourmets holiday plans!