Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle – Michelin Starred Hawker Opens Restaurant At Smith Street
This is an inspiring story of a humble Singapore hawker turned Michelin Starred Chef, who now owns a restaurant at Smith Street. And more to come.
Seriously, we are all so proud of Chef Chan.
“What is it?” “Who?” “Where?” “Never hear before.” QUEUE.
It is also known as the “Cheapest Michelin Starred food in the world“, with chicken rice priced at SGD$2.00 (USD$1.40) a plate.
After all, Michelin had been known for awarding swanky, fine-dining European style restaurants in the beginning of days.
This was a shocker.
Fast forward a few months (*pom pom pom*) Chef Chan, more affectionately known as “Hawker Chan” has partnered with Hersing Culinary for global expansion plans.
The NEW 80-seater quick service restaurant will open at 78 Smith Street Chinatown on 18th November (Friday), which will serve the same soya sauce and noodle dishes.
He will oversee the operations of both his hawker stall and the new establishment.
It is learnt that Chef Chan has been training his wife and family members to take over the main running of the hawker stall.
He will continue do the pre-cooking and preparations, and will be running in between the two locations – conveniently located few minutes away.
4 signature dishes will be served, along with some complementary items such as Vegetables ($5.00), Soya Beansprouts ($3.00), Thai Style Tofu ($5.00) and Wanton Soup ($5.00).
Prices still remain very affordable, considering this is an air-conditioned eatery, with a Soya Sauce Chicken Rice priced at SGD$3.80 (USD$2.70).
Other offerings include Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle ($4.50), Soya Sauce Chicken Hor Fun ($4.50), Roasted Pork Rice ($4.50), Char Siew Rice ($4.00) and Pork Ribs Rice ($4.00).
A whole Soya Sauce Chicken is priced at $23.00, while half cost $12.00.
Here’s my take on the restaurant food: The Soya Sauce Chicken was still ALMOST as good, boosted thin glossy skin, with so much tenderness in the smooth, slippery meat.
Main reservation was the air-conditioned environment would turn the meat cold fast. Give and take.
Noodles were springy, coated with a tasty sweetish sauce, not exactly Hong Kong style to a 100 percent.
The Char Siew (Any 2 combination at $6.00) didn’t feel as impressive this time round, a little too lean, and I would have preferred a version juicier.
With that said, the meats were still very much better than the average stall.
For those unfamiliar with Hersing Culinary, it owns the franchising rights to popular Michelin-starred dim sum restaurant, Tim Ho Wan.
The “Liao Fan Hawker Chan Restaurant” is just the first of an initial regional, then global expansion, following Tim Ho Wan‘s footprint.
The ultimate aim is to promote Singapore’s hawker heritage globally.
The similarities behind the two are uncanny, both unexpectedly propelled to fame after clinching a Michelin star, selling street food – atypical from the usual Michelin ‘fine-dining’ restaurants.
Tim Ho Wan has established a global presence in countries from Australia, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and of course Hong Kong and Singapore in a short span of a few years.
Personally, I feel happy for Chef Chan (can I call him Uncle Chan?), a humble hawker who made it big.
We cannot expect him to chop 180 chickens every day, tirelessly for the rest of his life (He seems to have aged a bit when seen during the press conference and media launch.)
It is indeed good opportunity for one of our local delicacies (but I know it’s HONG KONG chicken) to take on an international platform.
On the flipside, I do feel that a major charm of the stall, is not just the food, but the man himself.
There are 28 other Michelin Starred Restaurants & Stalls in Singapore, but none had as much attention as Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle, also because the chef is really an affable person with no airs.
Here’s another incident to share: The restaurant was closed for a private event, but Chef Chan saw two tourists who were waiting outside the shop. He asked the reporter to pause for the interview, and personally ushered the tourists in, as he did not want to disappoint them who travelled all the way there for his food. How not to like this man?!
By the way… here’s a really sweet moment when asked how he feels about his wife. The photo tells everything.
Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle 香港油雞飯麵
78 Smith Street Singapore 059872
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm
Blk 335, Smith Street #02-126, Chinatown Food Complex, Singapore 050335
Opening Hours: 10:30am to 7:00pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Fri), 8:30am to 7:00pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Wed
Other Related Entries
Singapore Michelin Guide 2016
Michelin Singapore – Restaurant Reviews
Singapore Michelin Bib Gourmand Guide 2016 – 34 Eateries That Make The Cut
17 Michelin Bib Gourmand Hawker Stalls from Singapore
Singapore Michelin Guide 2016
* Daniel’s Food Diary was invited by Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle for a preview.