Singapore is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world these days, and that is because of a combination of great culture, wonderful cuisine, and friendly people. It’s the sort of place you go to have a new experience, one that is quite unlike any you might have had before. There is so much in Singapore for the intrepid traveler, and, if you’ve never been, we certainly recommend it as a bucket list destination.
One of the best scenes in Singapore is the food scene – ideal for foodies, and those who enjoy experiencing new tastes. Well, if this sounds like you, you’ll be delighted to hear that the city-state is home to the cheapest Michelin-star meal on the planet! We’re going to check out more about this dish, and discover exactly why it is so great.
The dish in question is actually a chicken rice dish of Chan Hon Meng, and it can now be found across two locations in the city. The dish is officially known as Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle and has become the most iconic dish associated with Singapore. One of the best things about this dish is the price, coming in at just $1.42USD! It has become a ubiquitous staple of Singaporean diets and is a dish you absolutely MUST sink your teeth into. But, you should be prepared for big queues and long waits – don’t worry though, it’s worth it in the end!
Origins & creator
Originally the dish made its name as part of Hawker Chan’s pop up food stall. The Malaysian-born chef Meng began making and selling the dish years ago. It has changed things for him as well because last year Chan went into business with Hersing Culinary to open a dine-in restaurant called Lian Fan Hawker Chan. This was to deal with high demand for his dish, as well as capitalizing on the success and fame brought to him by induction into the 2016 Michelin Guide.
Meng has talked about how he had little knowledge of the Michelin Guide before being entered into it and is more focused on giving his customers what they need. Expanding with the restaurant offers a place that can seat up to 80 customers, but it still offers the legendary takeaway experience as well. There are a few dishes available both in the restaurant, as well as the food stall outside – all of them cooked by the man himself! Of course, the dishes will cost more in the restaurant due to high demand, but they still come in at a very affordable $3.80.
If you ever get the chance to visit Singapore, it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy some delicious cuisine, and experience things you’ve not experienced before. And, it’s also the prime opportunity to try to cheapest Michelin-star dish in the world. Tasting an authentic and delicious Singaporean dish, whipped up by a stunningly talented chef, is one of the highlights of your Singapore travel experience.