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Chef behind Michelin-starred hawker stall in Singapore is from Ipoh

It's the first time that Michelin has ever awarded hawker stalls

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 3 Aug 2016

Video: Michelin Guide Singapore

There is a Michelin-starred establishment in Singapore, where a meal there will cost you nothing over SGD14. The best part: the chef is Malaysian.

Michelin stars are a huge deal in the culinary world, but Ipoh-born chef Chan Hong Meng was caught by surprise when told that his Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodles business in Chinatown was nominated for the honour. The stall makes history as one of two of the first street food stalls to ever be awarded a star.

"I've heard of the Michelin guide but I never thought they'd come to the hawker centres and give us such an honour," Chan told Channel News Asia. "I'm very thankful to them because us chefs are just like university students hoping to be awarded a degree."

The other Michelin star-winning hawker stall is also located in Singapore. Tang Chay Seng, the owner of Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle on Crawford Lane was in disbelief, too.

Chef Tang Chay Seng (Photo: Michelin Guide Singapore)

"There was a queue even before I opened my stall at 9.30am!" Tang told CNBC. "I was very happy to win the award. Why did they pick me? I don't know. I've heard of Michelin before but didn't think it would have anything to do with my hawker business."

The outstanding recognition both Chan and Tang received will undoubtedly boost business for them, but there's also good news for customers old and new: they're not planning to hike up the prices of their food for now.

See the full list of Singapore's first Michelin star restaurants here.

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