Many have the perception that The Michelin Guide is only about fine dining restaurants and expensive meals.

That is before Asia, in particular Hong Kong, came into the picture with dim sum eatery Tim Ho Wan earning the coveted one star.

The average price of each dim sum basket is between USD$2 to USD$3, and it has become possible to have a filling Michelin meal for USD$10.

Singapore’s Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle at Chinatown Food Complex is the first street hawker stall to be awarded the star, resulting in 2-hour long queues and world-wide media coverage.

A plate of Chicken Rice at SGD$2 (USD$1.50) is considered very affordable even in local standards.

Planning to travel around to have some Michelin meals? Here are 10 Cheapest Michelin Starred Meals In The World if you are on a budget.

Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle 香港油雞飯麵
Blk 335, Smith Street #02-166, 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

Country: Singapore
Michelin Star: 1
Price: SGD$2, USD$1.50

Probably the cheapest Michelin meal you can get IN THE WORLD. #sghawkersrock

Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle sells Soya Sauce Chicken Rice, Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle, Roasted Pork Rice, Char Siew Rice, and Char Siew Noodles are unbelievable prices of $2 – $3.

Covered in a thin layer of dark savoury sauce and aromatic oil, the rice reeked of authentic Cantonese flavours, tasty on every bite, yet not over in grease level.

A whole chicken goes for $14. VERY affordable, for one of the most expensive countries in the world. However, you got to beat that 2 hour queue! Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle (Chinatown Food Complex)

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles 大华猪肉粿条面
466 Crawford Lane, Tai Hwa Eating House #01-12 Singapore 190465 (Lavender MRT)
(Behind Immigration and Checkpoint Authority Building)
Tel: +65 6292 7477
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 9:00pm (Closed on 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month)

Country: Singapore
Michelin Star: 1
Price: SGD$5, USD$3.70

Singapore’s famed Bak Chor Mee contains al dente springy noodles tossed in a savoury vinegary sauce, filled with tender pork and liver slices, minced pork, dumplings, and a sprinkling of fried sole fish.

All for $5-$10. Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles (Crawford Lane)

Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialists 添好運
9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po 深水埗福榮街9-11號地下 (10 min walk from Sham Shui Po MTR)
Tel: +852 2788 1226
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 9:30pm (Daily)

City: Hong Kong
Michelin Star: 1
Price: HKD$19 (for 3 BBQ baked buns), USD$2.45 (but you are likely going to spend more ordering other items)

Tim Ho Wan 添好運 is a Cinderella story, the hole-in-the-wall dim sum restaurant that scored One Michelin Star, thereby earning its reputation as the “cheapest Michelin Star restaurant in the world” (until Singapore’s Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle took over the ‘honours’)

His signature Baked Bun with Barbecued Pork (HKD$19 for 3) is the star.

Very similar to a bolo bao, the sweet pastry covered bun is light and fluffy, with skin so thin, and saucy char siew pork within almost oozing out.

The portion is small, and feels like you would want to finish all three at one go. My advice: Eat them straight once the pastries are out on your table.

Other recommended dishes are the Steamed Egg Cake, Vermicelli Roll with Pig’s Liver and Pan Fried Carrot Cake.

Putien Restaurant
127 Kitchener Road (Desker Road Conservation Area) Singapore 208514
Tel: +65 62956358
Opening Hours: Lunch: 11:30am – 3pm, last order 2:30pm; Dinner: 5:#0pm – 10:30pm, last order 10pm<

Country: Singapore
Michelin Star: 1
Price: SGD$8.90, USD$6.60 for small plate of Heng Hwa Bee Hoon (Excluding taxes)
Note: Not nice to just order one dish lah

Putien’s famed Heng Hwa Bee Hoon is sundried vermicelli milled by hand. This is to ensure that the bee hoon is translucent, silky, fine, chewy but not brittle.

The rich, milky stock of pork bones and old hens cooked for hours and infused with 10 sumptuous ingredients add to the flavour of the bee hoon. Simple pleasures.

Ho Hung Kee Congee and Noodle Shop 何洪记
1204-1205 Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay (Causeway Bay MTR, near Times Square, take elevator or lift up to Level 12)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11pm

City: Hong Kong
Michelin Star: 1
Price: HKD$55, USD$7

Ho Hung Kee is the first wonton-noodles restaurant to be awarded that one Michelin star.

The House Specialty Wanton Noodles in Soup cost HK$38 for a small bowl, and HK$55 for a large bowl.

Their prized smooth congee would be HK$55 a bowl for a selection of two ingredients from sliced fish, sliced beef, meatballs, pork liver, salted lean pork, pork intestines, egg and preserved egg.

Shinjuku Kappo Nakajima 新宿割烹 中嶋
B1F, Hihara Bldg, 3 32-5 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture 160-0022, Japan (Shinjuku Station North Exit)
Tel: +81 3-3356-453
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2pm (last order 1:45pm), 5:30pm – 9:30pm (last order 8pm)
Closed mid-August, late December-early January, Sunday and Public Holidays
Google Maps – Shinjuku Kappo Nakajima

Country: Tokyo, Japan
Michelin Star: 1
Price: 800 Yen, USD$7.75

Nakajima is probably the cheapest Michelin star meal you can get at Tokyo, Japan.

This is how affordable it can get. A lunch set is priced at 800 Yen (SGD$9.90, USD$7.75), and we are talking about one of the most expensive cities in the world.

The Iwashi (sardines) are presented in 4 different ways – the Furai deep fried sardines with panko, raw sashimi-style with seaweed and sesame, the Nizakana simmered in dashi with soy sauce, or the Yanagawa Nabe served in a hot piping eggy casserole for a 100 Yen extra.

This includes Japanese rice, pickles and miso soup.

Tsuta 蔦
1-14-1 Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (5 min walk from Sugamo Station)
東京都豊島区巣鴨1-14-1 Plateau-Saka 1F
Tel: 03-3943-1007
Opening Hours: 11am – 4pm
Google Maps – Tsuta

City: Tokyo, Japan
Michelin Star: 1
Price: 850 Yen, USD$8.20

First ever ramen joint to get a Michelin star, which is an indication of its exceptional quality.

The 9-seater ramen eatery serves soba in ramen style (850 yen), known for its soy based broth where the soy is aged for 2 years.

Noodles are made with four types whole wheat flour, chashu served with black truffle sauce, and broth an umami chicken-seafood blend, along with rock salt, red wine and rosemary infusions.

Kam’s Roast Goose 甘牌燒鵝
Po Wah Commercial Centre, 226 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (Wan Chai MTR Exit A4)
Tel: +852 2520 1110
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm

City: Hong Kong
Michelin Star: 1
Price: Roast Goose is more to the expensive side at HK$270 (HK$28.40) for half. A Roast Goose Leg with Noodles is at HK$97 (USD$12.50).

Kam’s Roast Goose is founded by Hardy Kam, the 3rd generation of the founder of the famed Yung Kee Goose, who wanted to continue with his family legacy.

The Roast Goose (HK$270 for half, HK$520) was indeed one of the best I ever had. The geese are specially sourced from Dongguan, freshly delivered every morning, though roasted in a gas oven instead of the traditional charcoal way.

Kam’s menu is extensive, with roasts such as Roast Suckling Pig (HK$400 for half, HK$780 for whole), Soya Chicken (HK$120 for half, HK$220 for whole), Roast Pork Ribs (HK$85) and Crispy Roast Pork (HK$80).

The Spotted Pig
314 West 11th Street (at Greenwich Street), New York NY 10014
Tel: 212 620 0393
Opening Hours: 12 – 3pm (Lunch), 5:30pm – 2am (Dinner)
11am – 3pm (brunch, weekends only)

City: New York City
Michelin Star: 1
Price: USD$16 – $25 for a main during lunch.

The Spotting Pig serves seasonal British and Italian food using local ingredients (when possible), and has earned one star from the Michelin Guide for 7 consecutive years.

A Radish Salad with Basil & Parmesan is priced at USD$16, while the Chargrilled Burger with Roquefort Cheese & Shoestring Fries is at USD$25 during lunch.

The Hand And Flowers
126 West Street Marlow SL7 2BP
Tel: +44 (0)1628 482 277
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:45pm, 6:30pm – 9:45pm (Mon – Sat)

City: London
Michelin Star: 2
Price: £15.00 (USD$20) for 2 Course Lunch

Hand & Flowers is a gastropub in in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, and is possibly the first pub to be hold 2 Michelin stars.

For a 2-starred Michelin restaurant in London, £15.00 for a 2 Course Lunch (£19.50 for 3 Courses) is a steal.

That includes Slow Roasted Tomato Soup with Basil Pistou Tortellini and Fennel Grissini or Smoked Brisket of Beef with English Mustard Mash and Beer Pickled Onion and Cherry Fool with Yoghurt Ice Cream, Toasted Almond and Oat Crumble (for this month).

Other Related Entries
Michelin Singapore – Restaurant Reviews
Singapore Michelin Guide 2016
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