Fine Dining in Singapore – Michelin Star Food on a Budget!


April 13, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Singapore



      Fine dining Singapore? Our budget is never going to allow for fine dining, and we are OK with that. As we travel the world we have had the opportunity to try a myriad of flavors and delicacies, but when we arrived in Singapore we were excited to have the opportunity to try Michelin Star food at a price we could afford!



Singapore is well known for a rich heritage of food dishes consisting of Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Indonesian influences. If you haven’t already, check out our Singapore Food on a Budget – What to try and where to go, which lists some of the best local dishes to try while in Singapore.

One of the dishes on that list is Bak Chor Mee, or Minced Pork Noodles. Earlier in 2016, Tai Hwa Pork Noodle in Singapore was awarded a Michelin Star for their amazing food – and for budget travelers like us, at between $SGD5-10 per plate, it was an incredible opportunity to try Michelin Star Food.

Fine Dining Singapore or Singapore Street Food?

According to Michelin, their stars are awarded to fine dining establishments and a 1 Star Award is given to “a very good restaurant in its category”, which sounds a lot less fancy than the recognition a Michelin Star affords! In Singapore, of the many restaurants, there are only 29 Michelin Star restaurants, two of which are street hawkers!

Fine Dining Singapore – The Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken and Rice Signature Dish – from $2 a plate!

 

Fine Dining Singapore – Bak Chor Mee from Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle from $5 a plate!

But while the outward appearance of these Hawker stalls might not shine, the quality of the food speaks for itself and it is for the flavor of the food that Michelin awards their stars!

Michelin Star Street Hawkers

I first heard of Michelin Star Hawkers online, via a Facebook video that popped up in my feed. It is the story of a very humble local man, who goes to work each day, works hard and produces incredible food. Take a moment to watch this video – it is well worth it!

Visiting a Michelin Star Hawker in Singapore

Our first visit was to Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle at Crawford Lane. From the front the store was small. To look at, one could easily be forgiven for thinking these stores are just another street stall, but one would also miss out on some amazing food. Their methods are simple, their kitchens are small, but the flavour that comes out is huge! And that is why Michelin awarded their stars.

The lines at these stores can be incredible. We only waited 30 minutes at Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, however, lines are known to be much longer, especially at Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle, who was very popular before receiving his first star in 2015. The owner of Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle cooks 150 chickens per day and while he has recently increased to 180 per day he refuses to cook more, adamant that the quality will drop. He says he hopes his customers will understand the wait. And it seems they are happy to do so!

Fine Food in Singapore? Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle

No fancy tables at this Fine Dining in Singapore – short lines at Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle

Singapore Fine Dining? Pricing at Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle

Michelin Food Star in the making at Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle

Low key eating area – Not what one might expect from fine dining Singapore

 

Our second visit was to Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle. We were incredibly fortunate to visit when we did as they had opened a brand new store, just 2 days before our visit. It was rather exciting to visit this store, especially after watching the video above.

The brand new Hawker Chan Store… lines often extend down the block!

The store was incredible – much like a western style McDonald’s or KFC in functionality and appearance, with one noticeable difference. The line out the door extended down the block, with signage indicating how long your wait might be. We were fortunate to get into the store within 20 minutes but then waited at least another 10 to get served. However they have the system working smoothly – there is adequate seating for those in the store, and the food is definitely worth the wait! The only problem we faced was that some of the food had already sold out!

A simple menu of incredible food!

Where to find Singapore Street Hawkers

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle can be found at Crawford Lane, only a short walk from Lavender Station.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken & Rice is in the heart of Chinatown and only 230mtrs from the Chinatown Station.

Worth the visit?

Definitely! We have tried so many new and unusual (to us) dishes since we started traveling – and both of these dishes were new to us as well. We decided that we couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to try Michelin Star food while in Singapore and it certainly did not disappoint. I don’t see any other Michelin Star Fine Dining in our near future, but now we can all say we’ve eaten Michelin Star food!

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