Michelin stars, the standard aspired for by some of the top chefs and restaurants, often define the status of the eatery or restaurants around the world. Restaurants and eateries around the world are rated on a number of factors, including the quality of food served, and the ratings are given by Michelin reviewers called inspectors.
Under traditional arrangements, the Michelin inspectors will visit the restaurants anonymously, and they will not identify themselves as representatives from or connected with Michelin. Most of the time, the best restaurants from European and American countries get the coveted Michelin stars, and helped in boosting its popularity and brand among consumers. The list of Michelin- starred restaurants are often dominated by larger and well-known restaurants that make use of some of the most modern kitchen equipment and machines like double oven gas, ice makers, wine coolers and immersion blenders. But today, it seems that the Michelin stars are not just the dominion of established and larger restaurants. Did you know that in Singapore, street food purveyor has managed to get the coveted Michelin stars?
On street-food and why it is popular
Compared to food prepared by popular and conventional restaurants, street food is usually ready to eat, and prepared in the area. Usually, street food is sold from a food cart, booth or food truck. There’s no need to sit down when eating street food, since most of the street food options are known as finger foods and fast food, which can be eaten on the go. And according to the latest count, more than 2 billion people eat street food on a daily basis. While street food may seem pedestrian and common, this is actually a source of pride in many countries, including Singapore. In Singapore, some of the street food sold are from regional cuisine, and according to the news, at least one street food maker has received a Michelin star.
Two food stalls, two Michelin ratings
The two food stalls are the Noodle Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken, and these two food stalls recently made history. These two food stalls are just two of the nearly 30 food stalls that were included in the Singapore guide with Michelin ratings. The awards given to the two food stalls validate the standing of Singapore as a provider of some of the best street food in the region. This makes Singapore as the first in country in South East Asian country to be considered in the Michelin guide.
Hong Kong Chicken, one of the food stalls that offer street food, is known in the area for selling tasty chickens without the usual high price that one associates with Michelin-starred restaurants, at least not yet. According to reports, the store sells 150 portions of chicken rice dish daily, and often serves the lunch time crowd.
Thanks to the Michelin ratings, the spotlight is now focused on street food. And according to stall owners in the area, the recognition helps put Singapore on the map once again, not just a transit point, but as a food destination.