Where to Find the World's Cheapest Michelin-Starred Meal in Singapore
The Lion City is a-twinkle as the first Michelin Guide lights up the town. By ALESSANDRA GESUELLI.
Published on Sep 19, 2016
MICHELIN HAS FINALLY LANDED IN Singapore, following titles in Japan, Hong Kong and Macau. This foodies' bible features 200 eateries in the Lion City and 34 different cuisine categories, with 29 spots earning stars—and two street vendors in the mix. This means Singapore is home to the cheapest Michelin-starred places in the world: just S$2 for a chicken rice from Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle in Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, a popular hawker that, along with Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, has been recognized with a single star.
Lee's standout dish, satay ayam. Courtesy of Candlenut.
Topping the list is Joël Robuchon's French restaurant on Sentosa Island, the only Singapore entry with three Michelin stars. But six menus were awarded a two-star rating, among them Restaurant André, headed by chef-owner André Chiang. Inspired by southern French nouvelle cuisine, the restaurant is in a century-old shophouse in Chinatown. Also ranked two stars are L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon; Les Amis; the new Odette, which was opened in November 2015 and is overseen by French chef Julien Royer; and two spots that celebrate Japan's influence in Singapore: five-month-old Shoukouwa in One Fullerton, and Shisen Hanten by chef Chen Kentaro, whose dad is Iron Chef Chen Kenichi.
Michelin's entrance to Southeast Asia swivels the limelight to lesser-known kitchens and cuisines. Malcom Lee's Peranakan restaurant Candlenut received its first Michelin star, giving Lee the platform he's always wanted for promoting his passion. "I hope people, especially the younger generation, will no longer perceive Peranakan fare as old-fashioned," Lee says. "I started Candlenut with the purpose of modernizing the heart and soul of Peranakan heritage fare, and I am happy that this cuisine can now stand alongside other more established and fine cuisines of the world." This Michelin Guide opens a new chapter for Singapore.
Candlenut, Chef Lee's Peranakan restaurant. Courtesy of Candlenut.