Think Michelin-star food costs the earth? Think again! Singapore is home to the most affordable Michelin meal in the world – costing a lip-smackingly good $2!
For foodies in the know, the brimming pots and sizzling pans of Singapore’s authentic hawker street stalls have been the place to go for fantastic food for decades. Now the world has caught on and Singapore’s hawker stalls and little-known gems are being celebrated with Bib Gourmands and even Michelin stars. Check out these top wallet-friendly Michelin-recognised meals and see why Singapore is a must for every keen gourmand…
With such diverse cuisines on offer throughout the city, it’s easy to take your tastebuds on a scrumptious culinary tour of the world. Enjoy a vibrant slice of India – complete with the sights, sounds, scents and flavours of a bustling street market – in Little India. Tekka Centre, located in the heart of this vibrant district, has some of the best dum biryani and Indian rojak stalls in town – all offering great value for money. Michelin-listed in 2018, Allauddin’s Briyani is one of the top stars of the show, dishing up wonderfully fluffy biryanis, with succulent chicken, fish or mutton. With prices around $4-5, it’s a must for curry lovers.
Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa
Contrary to its name, this mouth-watering hawker stall wasn’t always world famous but its been a household favourite for Singaporean foodies for almost two decades. Awarded the Bib Gourmand by Michelin for the third time in a row in 2018, this stall’s most popular dishes include its take on mee siam and its Asia Delight Laksa, which is served with crawfish and made with coconut milk. Despite the Michelin status, chef-owner Daniel Soo, who opened the stall 18 years ago, keeps prices at a tasty $4-$5. No wonder his loyal customers are so happy!
Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle
One of the city’s most famous Michelin claims to fame and a mouth-watering Singapore institution, Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle was awarded a Michelin star in 2016. The unassuming hawker stall’s iconic Chan Hon Meng’s chicken rice dish costs around $2, making it the cheapest Michelin-star dish in the world. The stall is located in the Chinatown Complex, Singapore’s biggest centre, with more than 700 stalls, including 226 cooked food stalls. After Liao Fan’s inclusion in the world-renowned food guide, the queues have, not surprisingly grown, but the food is still as succulent. A casual dine-in offshoot has now opened just metres away, but for the market atmosphere and authentic experience, join the queue and you won’t be disappointed.
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
Awarded a coveted Michelin star in 2016, Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle is another mind bogglingly reasonable Michelin meal and is famed for its minced pork noodles. Opened in the 1930s, the hawker stand moved to its current location in 2005 and is now run by the 2nd generation of the family. The signature bak chor mee mixes black vinegar and chilli paste with egg noodles and minced pork, and is one the most best-value Michelin meals in the world. Following its Michelin star accolade, the queues have lengthened but the dishes are well worth that wait.
Making its debut on the Michelin Bib Gourmand list for 2018, family run Muthu’s Curry in Little India wowed judges with its signature South Indian-style fish head curry. Flower crab, masala prawns and tandoori chicken are also big hits among diners, according to the Guide. Its ongoing popularity among Singaporeans, expats and tourists is testimony to the authentic dishes. The secret spice blend, used in Muthu’s flavour-packed curries is a family guarded secret.
Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck
According to Michelin’s Bib Gourmand, patrons should try the duck rice, noodles, Kway Teow and porridge at this buzzing little hawker stall. Chuan Kee may have been a new entrant in the latest Michelin Bib Gourmand Selection, but this stall has been dishing up its duck rice for more than a decade for around $3 a pop! Located at the Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre, the tender braised duck meat and velvety, rich sauce has fans coming back time and time again.