The Michelin Star Guide is without question the definitive bible of all things foodie. It has been cranking out yearly updates to its ever-expanding list of restaurant musts for over a century now, constantly on the prowl for the next great dish, restaurants or chefs. This year however, the guide made a landmark entry with the inclusion of Singapore’s “Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle” a street food vendor, the first-ever street food hawker to get a star rating.
Located in a tiny cubicle in an open-air food court at the Chinatown Complex in Singapore, Meng serves some of the most delicious chicken and noodles around. His trademark dish—chicken slathered in a Hong Kong-style soya sauce—is just $1.50 per plate, the cheapest Michelin-starred meal in the world.
Meng has been involved with the food industry for his entire adult life, first getting into the family business at the age of 15. And after a life hawking street food, Meng may have been more surprised than anyone upon being approached by Michelin for such an honor.
If you want to sample the dish, you might want to bring a snack; the stall is usually surrounded by a queue of people, some of whom wait several hours for a taste.