Imagine you spend years at a culinary school, a decade toiling away at fine dining establishments and what feels like a lifetime honing your craft to open your own restaurant, only to never get a coveted Michelin star. Then, you read that two hawker stalls in Singapore get awarded the stars. Maybe it’s time to move to Singapore.
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle in Singapore are the first food stalls ever to get one, which Michelin states is “high-quality cooking, worth a stop.” The pretentious hipster food trucks in Los Angeles, New York, Austin and Portland all shake their fist in disbelief.
As a result, lines have stretched an hour long to get a coveted plate of noodles and chicken rice. “I was very happy to win the award. Why did they pick me? I don’t know. I’ve heard of Michelin before but didn’t think it would have anything to do with my hawker business,” Tang Chay Seng of Hill Street told CNBC.
As you night know, Tim Ho Wan, the dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong, was known as the cheapest in the world. Now, they have some company.