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The Michelin Guide Singapore, the first edition of the country and the first one dedicated specifically to the food of a region of Southeast Asia, has surprised to grant for the first time (what premieres) a Michelin Star to two street food stalls: the Hong Kong Soy Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle and Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, report on the BBC.
It is in the first of them where Chan has been working for 10 years, when he raised the blind of his business. There, before the eyes of the dozens of people who queue each day in front of his post, he prepares his specialty: rice with chicken and soy sauce with his own recipe. 1.70 euros. The cheapest Michelin Star food in the world.
Born in the city of Ipoh (Malaysia), Chan grew up in a town where his parents worked as farmers, they explain in a video recorded by the Michelin Guide Singapore about the award-winning chef. At age 15 he left school to help prepare food for the little ones in the house. It was then that he developed a special sensitivity, knowledge and interest in cooking.
Long lines wait even before the post opens © Michelin Guide Singapore (YouTube)
He tells in this video that 30 years ago, when he learned to cook with a chef from Hong Kong and to practice his profession himself, other colleagues told him that the greatest honor one could have was to enter the Michelin Guide. Something everyone saw as far away.
Therefore, when last July he received the invitation to attend the gala dinner of the Michelin Guide of Singapore he did not believe it. "I asked them if they were kidding. Why would Michelin come to my position? Could a street station be judged?" The answer: "We only judge based on food, not the place."
Chan came to pick up his award, feeling like the day one graduates from the university and honored to "be able to represent all the street stalls in Singapore internationally and take our kitchen to the world . " The next day, at the same time as always, he opened the blind of his post. Back to work.
Because it is the only place in the world where you can try the rice with chicken and soy sauce that Chan makes with his own recipe ; because not every day you eat at a Michelin Star for less than 2 euros; because it is a way to taste gastronomy and live Singapore like a local ; and because the quality of many street food stalls must be claimed more.
We take passion for granted, and nothing is further from reality. Chan learns every day from the kitchen and brings life and emotion to everything he does. That is transmitted by his food. Your message? That all chefs, both in large and imposing restaurants and in the most modest street stalls, cook as if a Michelin Guide inspector comes to your door every day.
Address: 335 Smith Street, 02-126, Chinatown Complex Market & Food Center.
Hours : Monday to Sunday from 11.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Price: between 2.6 and 12.5 euros