(SPOT.ph) In 2016, Singapore's Hawker Chan received a star from no less than the Michelin Guide Singapore—which earned them the titles of "The World's First Hawker Michelin-Starred Meal" and "The Cheapest Michelin-Starred Meal in the World." It was as close as many of us could get to getting a taste of what it's like to eat from a Michelin-approved resto—after all, where else could your three Singaporean dollars (roughly P111) get you a dish praised by one of the most prestigious food guides in the world? Sad news for now, though: On September 1, the Michelin Guide Singapore streamed their 2021 Michelin Star Revelation ceremony which announced this year's star winners, and Hawker Chan is not part of the list.
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Hawker Chan was home to the cheapest Michelin-starred meal—and here's what those stars are:
What's the deal with these "stars", anyway? Dubbed Michelin stars, these are given out via the yearly Michelin Guide to restaurants for "outstanding cooking," which they judge via points like the quality of the ingredients, the harmony of flavors, the mastery of techniques—that sort of thing. (Note that in 2020, the Michelin Guide Singapore was canceled in light of COVID-19.) Receiving one or more can be a huge accolade, as the guide is trusted by food lovers all around the globe—some would even travel across countries just to dine at Michelin-starred restaurants!
These Michelin-starred spots generally tend to be of the high-end, white-tablecloth sort, where a meal might cost about as much as your paycheck—but there are the occasional exceptions of more affordable establishments that simply have stellar food. Hawker Chan—initially a small hawker stall that became famous for their chicken dishes—was one of them, earning a Michelin Star every year since 2016.
Our fingers are crossed things work out better for them next year—but with or without a Michelin star, we're huge fans of their signature dishes, which can be had at their Philippine branch and delivered to your doorstep. Who's up for some Soya Sauce Chicken Rice?
Watch the full Michelin Guide Singapore Star Revelation for 2021.
UPDATE (September 3, 10:39 a.m.): Hawker Chan not being part of the 2021 Michelin Guide Singapore and the guide not pushing through in 2020 are separate facts. The article has been edited for clarity.
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