Yes, a plate of chicken rice that costs less than $5 can earn coveted Michelin Guide recognition.
Just not the Michelin stars – those are the testing grounds of full-fledged (read: more atas) restaurants. Instead, eateries, hawker stalls and restaurants that plate up “good value” meals for less than S$45 contend for the Bib Gourmand award.
On Jul 14, one week before the official release of the inaugural Michelin Guide in Singapore, Michelin announced that 34 such establishments made the mark. 17 are found in traditional hawker centres, 14 are restaurants and 3 are under the ‘other street food’ category.
Did the list do the hawker scene justice? That’s the talk of the town – but our CEO-readers have some seriously famous hawker eats they probably wish were in this list.
In the meantime, here’s to local favourites such as Hainanese chicken rice, Katong laksa and curry puffs. Noteworthy, too: there were a total of 19 cuisines represented in the list – quite a reflection of Singapore’s standing as a food capital of the world.
Here’s the full list.
17 Bib Gourmand Hawker Stalls
(sorted by hawker centre)
|1.||Alexandra Village Food Centre||Claypot Laksa (Depot Road Shen Zhen Mei Shan)|
|2.||Amoy Street Food Centre||A Noodle Story|
|3.||Amoy Street Food Centre||Famous Crispy Curry Puff|
|4.||Amoy Street Food Centre||Hong Kee Beef Noodle|
|5.||Amoy Street Food Centre||Hoo Kee Rice Dumpling (Hoo Kee Bak Chang)|
|6.||Golden Mile Food Centre||Wedang|
|7.||Timbre+ (formerly at Golden Mile)||Fishball Story|
|8.||Hong Lim Market & Food Centre||Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa|
|9.||115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre||Na Na Curry|
|10.||127 Toa Payoh West M&F Centre||Chey Sua Carrot Cake|
|11.||Maxwell Food Centre||Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice|
|12.||Mei Chin Market & Food Centre||Shi Hui Yuan Hor Fun|
|13.||Newton Food Centre||Alliance Seafood|
|14.||Tiong Bahru Market||Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice|
|15.||Tiong Bahru Market||Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee|
|16.||Whampoa Market Place||Balestier Road Hoover Rojak|
|17.||Whampoa Market Place||Liang Zhao Ji Duck Rice|
Trivia: The “cut-off” point for the Bib Gourmand varies from country to country – it’s usually 35 euros (S$52) for European cities, 5000 yen ($64) in Japan, and HK$300 ($52) in Hong Kong.)
3 “Other Street Food” Bib Gourmands
Cuisine / Speciality & Location
|1.||Bismillah Biryani||Biryani, Dunlop Road|
|2.||JB Ah Meng Kitchen||Cantonese, Geylang Lorong 23|
|3.||Sin Huat Eating House||Crab Rice Noodle, Geylang Lorong 35|
14 Bib Gourmand Restaurants
Cuisine / Speciality & Location
|1.||Alaturka||Turkish, Bussorah Street|
|2.||Hjh Maimunah||Malaysian, Jalan Pisang|
|3.||Ka Soh Restaurant||Fish Head Noodles, College Road|
|4.||Kok Sen||Tze Char, Keong Saik Road|
|5.||Lagnaa Bare Foot Dining||Indian, Little India|
|6.||New Ubin Seafood||Singaporean, Sin Ming Road|
|7.||Peony Jade at Keppel Club||Cantonese, Bukit Chermin Road|
|8.||Shish Mahal||Indian, Albert Street|
|9.||Song Fa Bak Kut Teh||Bak Kut Teh, New Bridge Road|
|10.||328 Katong Laksa||Laksa, East Coast Road|
|11.||True Blue Cuisine||Peranakan, Armenian Street|
|12.||Whole Earth||Thai, Vegetarian, Peck Street|
|13.||Yhingthai Palace||Thai, Purvis Street|
|14.||Zaffron Kitchen||Indian, East Coast Road|
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