What began as a humble streetside stall in Hong Kong has turned into an unstoppable chicken juggernaut, and it’s heading this way. Yep, Singapore's Hawker Chan is coming to Melbourne.
Last year Chan Ho Meng’s tiny soy chicken stall was the only hawker cart to nab a star in Singapore’s Michelin Guide. Fame followed, along with an 80-seater restaurant near the original site in Chinatown. Then came expansion in Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia. Melbourne is the next cab off the rank, with a 100-seat restaurant due to be opened in October.
If this all sounds a little like the pork bun frenzy that engulfed overseas superstar Tim Ho Wan last year, you’re bang on. Hawker Chan got snapped up by the same growth specialists: Hersing Culinary. When Tim Ho Wan landed in the CBD it was billed as the cheapest Michelin-starred yum cha going around, but Hawker Chan might be the cheapest Michelin-starred food full stop.
The new restaurant is going to specialise in Chan Ho Meng’s signature crispy-skin soy chicken, but you can also expect succulent char siu, chopped to order with the world’s biggest cleaver, plus a variety of rice and noodle dishes.
It’s not often you can swing Michelin dining for under a twenty. Stay tuned for more details over the next few months.
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