When the revered Michelin Guide awarded a Singapore street vendor one of its coveted stars in 2016, people took notice: chef Chan Hon Meng’s $2 soya sauce chicken had become the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred meal.
Queues began to form at Meng’s stall, Hawker Chan, inside Singapore’s Chinatown Food Complex, and they haven’t stopped.
Expect similar lines when Hawker Chan opens its Melbourne outpost – Australia’s first – on December 8. The new restaurant will seat 92 people but won’t offer table service or reservations.
"We have a lot of locals from South East Asia, and Hawker Chan will give them a taste of home," says Vincent Chua, Hawker Chan's operations manager. "Customers can expect a genuine and true authentic Singaporean chicken rice. The secret sauce that Mr. Chan has created for braising the chicken gives the extra 'wow' factor that brings people back time and time again. "
The limited menu will mirror Singapore’s with some local adaptations. In addition to the famous Hong Kong-style crisp-skin chicken dish you can order roast pork, char siew barbeque or pork rib. All are available with either noodles or rice. There are only four other options available: a wonton soup; seasonal vegetables; Thai-style tofu, and a soya bean-sprouts dish.