Singapore is a small city with a big food scene.
Anyone who’s done any traveling there, or plans to do any traveling there, knows that Singapore’s status as a world-class culinary city relies heavily on its humble "hawker center" food stalls.
And two of those food stalls made history last week by becoming the first street vendors ever to be awarded a Michelin star. So, the next time you’re in Singapore, you’ll wanna visit Tai Hwa Pork Noodle and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle.
The recommendation comes from Michelin’s newly minted Singapore guide, which saw 22 restaurants given one star, six restaurants awarded two, and just a single restaurant awarded the coveted three-star Michelin review, Jöel Robuchon Restaurant, a celebrity-chef-owned spot serving up contemporary French cuisine.
But it's the recognition of streetfood that makes this installment of the guide truly significant. For a guidebook that’s long been accused of woeful pretention, it's a revolutionary signal: the world’s most prestigious eating bible is finally becoming aware of how people really eat.
In Singapore, for example, there are over a 100 markets and hawker centers, with close to 6,000 street food stalls...all affordable. As The Telegraph reported, the signature rice dish at Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle, for example, will only set you back $1.85. That's a bargain even without a star. With one, it's a miracle.
Check out the the full Michelin Singapore guide here. Then start planning your trip.