The World's Cheapest Michelin-Starred Restaurant Is Doing a Pop-Up
Chan Hon Meng will bring his beloved noodle stall to London for just six hours total, so clear your schedule now.
When Chan Hon Meng, a.k.a. Hawker Chan, won his first Michelin star in 2016 for his Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle stall in Singapore, it made him (and fellow awardee Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle) the first street food chefs to be awarded by the guide. It also meant that, at the equivalent of about $1.42 for a bowl of his signature Hong Kong soya chicken rice, he was offering the cheapest Michelin-starred meal in the world. And meal that, for a few days this week, Chan is taking to another of the world's largest cities.
Yes, from Wednesday, March 14 through Friday, March 16, Chan will be serving his signature dish at KERB King's Cross market in London. And even though the price of 6 GPB (about $8.43) will run nearly six times that of the original stand, it's still a pretty good deal for a Michelin-starred meal.
Be careful to note, however, that just because this is one of the cheapest Michelin-starred dining experiences you can get, that doesn't mean it's any easier to acquire. In fact, it might be even harder, as only 200 portions will be sold per day from 12 noon through 2 p.m. on each of the three days it's available. They'll be prepared by Chan himself from inside a Southbank shipping container which has been re-decorated to look like an authentic hawker stall, and if it ends up getting you hooked, you'll also have the chance to enter a contest to get flown out Singapore and experience the Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle stall itself.
Based on his travels, which also include a collaboration with Napa chef Christopher Kostow in NYC, it seems Chan is enjoying his Michelin star a bit more than one of the few other street vendors to win one. Supinya Junsuta, the chef/owner of Bangkok's Raan Jay Fai said she wanted to give her recently-awarded star back because of how much additional crowding it caused, and even among more traditionally Michelin-associated chefs, she's not alone.