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17 new entrants to Singapore’s Michelin Bib Gourmand list for 2018 (Plus, the full list in photos)

Five stalls and restaurants from the 2017 list have been dropped from this year's lineup.

Fifty hawker stalls and restaurants have made it to the Bib Gourmand list for this year’s Michelin Guide, up from 38 last year. Among them are 17 new stalls, and five have been dropped from last year’s list.

(Related: The full list and a field guide to the hawkers of Singapore’s Michelin Bib Gourmand 2017)

Among those new on the list are mutton soup Chai Chuan Tou Yang Rou Tang in Bukit Merah View Food Centre, Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck at Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre, Fresh Taste Big Prawn Noodle at Zion Riverside Food Centre and Rolina Traditional Hainanese Curry Puff at Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre.

New restaurants on the list include Sik Bao Sin in Geylang, an air-conditioned offshoot of zi char place Sik Wai Sin, also in Geylang. The Coconut Club in Club Street, which serves nasi lemak, made the list, as did Muthu’s Curry in Little India.

Dropped from the list are Peony Jade, Shish Mahal, 328 Katong Laksa, Liang Zhao Ji Duck Rice and ramen restaurant Tsuta.

The Bib Gourmand list recommends places that offer good value meals. Not to be confused with the coveted Michelin Star, these Bibs are handed out to smaller-scale eateries, hawker stalls or restaurants that plate up “good value” meals – for less than S$45 per head.

This “cut-off” point varies from country to country.  In most European cities, the figure sits at 35 euros (S$52); it’s 5000 yen ($64) in  Japan, and HK$300 ($52) in Hong Kong.

The inspectors cast their nets wider in drawing up the Bib Gourmand list, visiting popular haunts such as Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre, Zion Riverside Food Centre and Bukit Merah View Food Centre.

Those living in the eastern part of Singapore will either cheer or rue the list. Observers have pointed out that few quality eating places there have made the list. This year, the inspectors gave the east some love, picking hawker stalls at Old Airport Road Food Centre and Fengshan Market & Food Centre.

MICHELIN SINGAPORE BIB GOURMAND 2018 | NEW ENTRANTS

1. Chai Chuan Tou Yang Rou Tang (Bukit Merah View Food Centre)

2. Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck (Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre)

 

3. Eminent Frog Porridge & Seafood (Lorong 19 Geylang Road)

4. Fresh Taste Big Prawn Noodle (Zion Riverside Food Centre)

5. Heng carrot cake (Newton Food Centre)

6. Hong Kong Yummy Soup (Alexandra Village Food Centre)

7. Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow (Old Airport Road Food Centre)

8. Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice (Chinatown Complex)

9. Muthu’s Curry (Race Course Road)

10. Outram Park Fried Kway Teow (Hong Lim Market & Food Centre)

11. Rolina Traditional Hainanese Curry Puff (Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre)

12. Shi Wei Da teochew porridge (Fengshan Market & Food Centre)

13. Sik Bao Sin (Geylang Road)

14. Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice (Holland Drive)

15. Tai Wah Pork Noodle (Hong Lim Market & Food Centre)

16. The Coconut Club (Ann Siang Hill)

17. Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee (ABC Brickworks Food Centre)

MICHELIN SINGAPORE BIB GOURMAND 2018 | THE FULL LIST

1. A Noodle Story

2. Alliance Seafood

3. Ah Er Soup (ABC Brickworks Food Centre)

4. Balestier Road Hoover Rojak

  • Up close with a plate of Hoover Rojak, now at Whampoa Market Place (or Makan Place).

5. Bar-Roque Grill

  • Bar-roque Grill is the only new Western entrant on this year's list.

6. Bismillah Biryani

7. Chai Chuan Tou Yang Rou Tang (Bukit Merah View Food Centre)

8. Chey Sua Carrot Cake

9. Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck (Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre)

10. Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa

11. Eminent Frog Porridge & Seafood (Geylang Road Lorong 19)

12. Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa

13. Fresh Taste Big Prawn Noodle (Zion Riverside Food Centre)

14. Heng Carrot Cake (Newton Food Centre)

Tan Sai Heng of Heng Home made Carrot Cake with Prawn and Oyster Omelette

15. Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee

16. Hong Kee Beef Noodle

17. Hong Kong Yummy Soup (Alexandra Village Food Centre)

18. Hoo Kee Bak Chang

19. J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff

20. Ka-Soh (Outram Park)

21. Kok Sen Restaurant

22. Lagnaa

23. Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow (Old Airport Road Food Centre)

24. Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice (Chinatown Complex)

25. Liao Fan Hawker Chan (78 Smith Street)

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26. Man Man (Tanjong Pagar)

27. Muthu’s Curry (Little India)

28. Na Na Homemade Curry (Bukit Merah)

29. New Lucky Claypot Rice

  • Claypot rice from new entrant, New Lucky Claypot Rice at Holland Drive Food Centre.

30. New Ubin Seafood (Bukit Batok)

31. Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee (Hong Lim Market & Food Centre)

32. Rolina Traditional Hainanese Curry Puff (Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre)

33. Shi Hui Yuan (Queenstown)

34. Shi Wei Da (Fengshan Market and Food Centre)

35. Sik Bao Sin (Desmond’s Creation)

36. Sin Huat Eating House

37. Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice (Holland Drive)

38. Song Fa Bak Kut Teh (New Bridge Road)

39. Tai Wah Pork Noodle (Hong Lim Market & Food Centre)

40. The Blue Ginger

41. The Coconut Club

42. Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (Maxwell Food Centre)

43. Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice (Tiong Bahru Food Centre)

44. Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee (ABC Brickworks Food Centre)

45. Shirokane Tori-tama

  • Shirokane Tori-Tama Japanese restaurant

46. True Blue Cuisine

  • Peranakan dishes at True Blue Cuisine, 117 East Coast Road.

47. Whole Earth

48. Yhingthai Palace

49. Zaffron Kitchen (East Coast)

50. Zai Shun Curry Fish Head

This version of this story was first published on The Straits Times.
Credits for photo of The Coconut Club: Chew Seng Kim for The Sunday Times