A Singapore restaurant that rose in international popularity after receiving a Michelin star has seemingly lost its claim to fame.
What happened: In this year’s Michelin guide to Singapore, which was released on Sep. 1, Hawker Chan, formerly known as Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodles, did not appear anywhere in the food bible, reported CNN.
- The restaurant, which received a Michelin star in 2016, achieved worldwide recognition for its chicken and rice dish priced at 3 Singapore dollars ($2.25).
- It is unclear as to why the restaurant lost its star, but there is speculation that a decrease in its food quality arose due to its expansion both in Singapore and overseas.
- Though the restaurant lost its star, Hawker Chan is still featured on the Michelin website, according to Insider. It received a Bib Gourmand award, which is given for “good quality” and “good value cooking.”
About Hawker Chan: The popular restaurant, which started as a tiny hawker stall in Singapore’s Chinatown Food Complex, was founded by Chef Chan Hon Meng.
- Meng, who is originally from Malaysia, moved to Singapore at the age of 15 to find work, as stated on Hawker Chan’s website.
- He became an apprentice of a Hong Kong chef, learning and developing his own recipe for soya sauce chicken.
- In 2009, Meng opened Liao Fan Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle. Seven years later, he became the world’s first one-Michelin star hawker.
- Hawker Chan meals are now sold in Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, the Philippines, and Kazakhstan.
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