Winners for offering a high-quality menu at reasonable prices, these places serving Singapore street food, Chinese zi char, Malaysian, Peranakan, Indian, and more just bagged Michelin's seal of approval
In light of the hype that’s emanating from the big Michelin star reveal, Singapore restaurateurs – and even local hawkers – already have something to celebrate about. Michelin has just announced the recipients of the Bib Gourmand award, an accolade given to establishments offering a high-quality menu at a reasonable price (a maximum of SGD45). And what’s so remarkable about this list of 34 awardees isn’t just the fact that it’s a diverse mix of regional cuisines (Peranakan, Malaysian, Indian, Thai, and even Chinese zi char), but it also features a sizeable roster of hawker stalls modestly serving the best in Singapore street food. It’s a stark contrast to the high-end, fine dining calibre often associated with the Michelin brand, and it’s one that highly acknowledges Singapore’s claim as a bustling food capital.
On the hawker end, several stalls have been selected from Amoy Street Food Centre (our fave!), including Hong Kee Beef Noodle and A Noodle Story, and even snack vendors like Hoo Kee Rice Dumpling and Famous Crispy Curry Puff. Other noteworthy recipients are Chey Sua Carrot Cake (127 Toa Payoh West M&F Centre), Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee (Tiong Bahru Market), Claypot Laksa (Alexandra Village Food Centre), and Balestier Road Hoover Rojak (Whampoa Market Place) – showing that even the heartlands aren’t excluded from the Michelin spotlight. And unsurprisingly, the famous Gordon Ramsay-approved Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice from Maxwell Food Centre made the cut too.
The restaurants listed are hardly the fanciest lot, but when it comes to the food, it’s a five-star experience. Song Fa at Clarke Quay got a stamp of approval thanks to its peppery bah kut teh, Kok Sen at Keong Saik Road won with its hectic yet hearty zi char feasts, Lagnaa at Little India got picked up for its traditional Indian cuisine, and Hjh Maimunah at Kampong Glam stood out with its Malaysian offerings. Other household names in the local food industry that also got a nod include New Ubin Seafood, Peony Jade at Keppel Club, and 328 Katong Laksa.
Now, we just gotta wait ’til the big guns are fired, and find out which fine dining restaurants score the coveted Michelin star next week.
For the full list of Bib Gourmand recipients and news on the Michelin Guide Singapore, visit this website.