Long queues at Michelin-starred hawker stalls

Long queues at Michelin-starred hawker stalls

The owner of one of the stalls - Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle - says crowds have more than tripled since the announcement was made.

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SINGAPORE: Snaking queues were observed at two hawker stalls on Friday (Jul 22), a day after each was awarded a coveted Michelin star.

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle at Crawford Lane and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle in Chinatown made history on Friday evening, as the first hawker stalls to make it to get Michelin stars.

Mr Chan Hong Meng, the owner of Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle said crowds at his stall more than tripled after the announcement was made. In anticipation of the large crowd size, he opened his stall an hour earlier, at 9am on Friday.

He reiterated that he would not be raising prices for now, although he qualified that it also depends on other factors such as the supply of his goods, the cost of the ingredients and rental prices.

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Anticipating the large crowd size, Mr Chan Hong Meng opened his stall an hour earlier than the usual operating hours. (Photo: Alicia Tantriady)

When Channel NewsAsia visited his stall at about 12pm, about 40 people were waiting in line. One of them was Mr Jason Ten, who joined the queue at 11am. “I’m so glad to finally be here to get my chicken rice,” he said. “I tried this twice before and it’s one of the best dishes you can get in Singapore,” the 32-year-old financial advisor added. He also said that the owner is “very humble” and “really deserves this Michelin award for years of hard work”.

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Roasted meat rice from Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle in Chinatown. (Photo: Alicia Tantriady)

A tourist from the UK who wanted to be known as Ms Antonia stood in line for about an hour. “We haven’t tried it before and it’s our second day here in Singapore. I Googled what to eat in Singapore and read about the Michelin award-winning food. It’s the closest to where we are so we just jumped right in the queue. I didn’t expect it to be so long. I just hope it’s worth it. I‘m sure it will be.”

Meanwhile, Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle’s Tang Chay Seng said he noticed that there were more new customers at his stall - especially younger ones - standing in line.

Student Gerald Tan, who queued for about 1.5 hours at Mr Tang's stall, said: “I have never tried it before but I like Bak Chor Mee very much. It is one of my favourite dishes. So when I heard about the award, I wanted to try this best Bak Chor Mee in Singapore that won this award. It must be something so special because so many of us are willing to queue for it. I am a foodie so I don't mind the long wait.”

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File photo of Hill Street Tai Wah Bak Chor Mee. (Photo: Alicia Tantriady)

Hill Street Tai Hwa Bak Chor Mee. (Photo: Alicia Tantriady)

Ms Yan Ni, who is in her 30s said: “I saw on Twitter that this shop won an award. I was shocked because I used to come here often a long time ago. I recognised the boss' face and I was shocked, I showed it to my friend and told her that she should come to try it for herself because it is really good."

Six other restaurants - including Odette, Les Amis and Andre - were awarded two Michelin stars. Restaurant Joel Robuchon, also at Resorts World Sentosa, was the only eatery in Singapore awarded three Michelin stars this year.

Source: CNA/xk