SINGAPORE: From chicken rice and beef noodles to biryani and laksa, some of Singapore’s most famous hawker stalls have been awarded a “Bib Gourmand” by the first edition of the Singapore Michelin Guide.
The French gastronomic guide was started by tyre company Michelin in 1900 and publishes 25 guides covering 28 countries. It awards the Bib Gourmand to food establishments that offer a high-quality menu at a reasonable price - which in Singapore means a maximum of S$45.
A dish from A Noodle Story. (Photo: Nisha Karyn)
A total of 34 restaurants and hawker stalls were selected for their “good value for money”, said Mr Michael Ellis, Michelin Guides’ International Director.
The list includes popular eateries like 328 Katong Laksa and New Ubin Seafood, as well as hawker favourites like Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Centre, Fishball Story at Golden Mile Food Centre and Hong Kee Beef Noodle at Amoy Street Food Centre.
Curry puffs being made at Famous Crispy Curry Puff. (Photo: Nisha Karyn)
"A true crossroads, a mix of cultures with Chinese, Malaysian and Indonesian influences, Singapore's history is reflected in its cuisine - the variety, simplicity and authenticity completely won over our inspectors," Mr Ellis said.
Four Bib Gourmand hawkers with their dishes. (Photo: Nisha Karyn)
Amoy Street Food Centre has the largest cluster of stalls awarded the Bib Gourmand, with four in the food centre alone. Meanwhile, Tiong Bahru Market and Whampoa Market have two award winners each.
Some of the eateries Channel NewsAsia spoke to said they were surprised by the award.
"I'm very excited about being on this list, I didn't expect it," said co-founder of A Noodle Story Gwern Khoo. "It's a form of recognition for what we've been doing day in, day out. So I'm really happy."
"This is the very first time we're being awarded, we're really happy about it," said Mr Ryk Chew, owner of the Hoo Kee Rice Dumpling stall.
"I am very surprised!" said Ms Kris Goh, an assistant at Famous Crispy Curry Puff. "One of my customers called me and told me that we got an award and congratulated us. So we were very excited and happy".
The announcement comes a week before the unveiling of the Singapore edition of the Michelin Guide - the first in Southeast Asia - on Jul 21.
The full list of the 34 eateries awarded a Bib Gourmand:
1. Claypot Laksa – Alexandra Village Food Centre
2. A Noodle Story – Amoy Street Food Centre
3. Famous Crispy Curry Puff – Amoy Street Food Centre
4. Hong Kee Beef Noodle – Amoy Street Food Centre
5. Hoo Kee Rice Dumpling – Amoy Street Food Centre
6. The Fishball Story – Golden Mile Food Centre
7. Wedang (Indonesian food and satay) – Golden Mile Food Centre
8. Famous Sungei Road Trishaw (laksa) – Hong Lim Market & Food Centre
9. Na Na Curry – 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre
10. Chey Sua Carrot Cake – 127 Toa Payoh West Market & Food Centre
11. Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice – Maxwell Food Centre
12. Shi Hui Yuan (noodle with chicken and duck) – Mei Ling Market & Food Centre
13. Alliance Seafood – Newton Food Centre
14. Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice – Tiong Bahru Market
15. Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee – Tiong Bahru Market
16. Balestier Road Hoover Rojak – Whampoa Market Place
17. Liang Zhao Ji (soy duck) – Whampoa Market Place
1. Alaturka (Turkish) – Bussorah Street
2. Hjh Maimunah (Malay) – Jalan Pisang 11-15
3. Ka Soh (Singaporean) – College Road
4. Kok Sen (tze char) – Keong Saik Road
5. Lagnaa (Indian) – Little India
6. New Ubin Seafood – Sin Ming Road
7. Peony Jade at Keppel Club (Cantonese) – Bukit Chermin Rd
8. Shish Mahal (Indian) – Albert Street
9. Song Fa Bak Kut Teh – New Bridge Rd
10. 328 Katong Laksa – East Coast Road
11. True Blue Cuisine (Peranakan) – Armenian Street
12. Whole Earth (vegetarian) – Peck Seah Street
13. Yhingthai Palace (Thai) – Purvis Street
14. Zaffron Kitchen (Indian) – East Coast Road
Other Street Food Establishments
1. Bismillah Biryani – Dunlop Road
2. JB Ah Meng Kitchen (Cantonese) – Geylang Road
3. Sin Huat Eating House (crab rice noodle) – Geylang Road