Michelin-starred soya sauce chicken restaurant to open first overseas outlet in Taipei

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Singapore's Michelin-starred soya sauce chicken restaurant is making its mark overseas with Taipei as its first stop.

The new outlet is slated to open in the first half of 2017 at Hoyii North Station, and news of the opening is already generating buzz in Taiwan.

Owner Mr Chan Hon Meng told Shin Min Daily News that he is excited to share Singapore's food culture with the rest of the world, and hopes that this will encourage more young people to join the hawker profession.

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Michelin-starred soya sauce chicken at Hawker Chan

  • Local foodies, you are in for more yummy treats since more and more Michelin-starred eateries are opening in Singapore.
  • One of them is Mr Chan Hon Meng's Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle, which earned an one-star rating from the culinary bible in July this year.
  • The hawker stall is also touted as the cheapest Michelin-starred food establishment in the world, with its award-winning soya sauce chicken noodles selling at only $2.50.
  • His new quick service restaurant Hawker Chan opens at Smith Street - just a three-minute walk away from his hawker stall at Chinatown Food Complex on Nov 18.
  • The air-conditioned eatery comfortably seats 80 diners and features an interactive kiosk where they can customise their orders.
  • Hawker Chan serves four types of roasts - soya sauce chicken, char siew, roasted pork and pork ribs - that can be paired with rice, noodles or hor fun.
  • The signature soya sauce chicken is tender and juicy, and the skin is fragrant, yet not too greasy.
  • You'll find soybeans served together with the dish which is quite uncommon, we thought. x
  • You'll find soybeans served together with the dish which is quite uncommon, we thought. We found out later that these beans were the secret to its amazing flavour - as they were used to marinate the chicken.
  • We also love the savoury roasted pork that has just the right amount of belly fat and very crispy skin. This dish will definitely go well with some ice-cold beer.
  • While the dishes at Hawker Chan are pricier than similar offerings at the hawker stall, we think that they are still rather pocket-friendly with main dishes ranging from $3.80 for soya sauce chicken rice to $23 for a whole soya sauce chicken.

The Taipei outlet will be a quick service restaurant like Hawker Chan which opened along Smith Street last November.

Last July, Mr Chan's signature soya sauce chicken dish earned a one-star rating in the inaugural Singapore Michelin Guide.

His hawker stall at Chinatown Food Complex is also touted as the cheapest Michelin-starred food establishment in the world, with its award-winning soya sauce chicken noodles selling at only $2.50.

If the Taipei branch takes off, Mr Chan hopes to expand into Malaysia next, as he feels that the food culture of Singapore and Malaysia are very similar.

minlee@sph.com.sg

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