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This Street Stall Sells the World’s Cheapest Michelin-Starred Meal
Chan Hon Meng grew up in a small village outside of Ipoh, Malaysia, the son of working-class parents who reared pigs and ducks, and grew their own crops. Today he is a “hawker,” the chef-owner of Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle, a small food stall at the Chinatown Complex in Singapore, which, as of late last month, following the inaugural release of the Michelin Guide Singapore, is world famous for serving the cheapest Michelin-starred meal in the world: a humble dish of roasted chicken served with rice or noodles. It sells for two Singapore dollars (or roughly $1.50 USD).
Chef Hon Meng sells 180 chickens over the course of a daily 17-hour shift, The Guardian recently reported. He is now one of two Singapore street hawkers with a Michelin star attached to his restaurant. (The other is Tang Chay, who runs Seng’s Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, also in Singapore.) “My dream is to have more cuisine from Singapore and more of the undiscovered local hawker talent,” said Chef Hon Meng in a Michelin-produced video about his rise in world gastronomy. “I dream that our food can be enjoyed on an international stage.”