Singapore's Michelin-starred street food vendor opens in Jakarta

Chan Hon Meng, owner of Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle in Singapore's Chinatown Complex Food Center, preparing food at his stall on July 22, 2016.
PHOTO: ST

Hawker Chan, Singapore's Michelin-starred street food vendor, officially opened its first outlet in Jakarta on June 20.

The eatery is located on the second floor of Tim Ho Wan, a Hong Kong-based Michelin-starred dim sum chain, in Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta.

Hawker Chan is a spin-off of a food stall named Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle. Founded by Chang Hong Men, the food stall, which is located at Singapore's Chinatown Food Complex, caught the public's attention after receiving a One-Michelin star in the Singapore Michelin Guide 2016. The eatery was later recognised as the world's cheapest Michelin-starred meal.

Similar to Hawker Chan's Singapore outlets, the Jakarta branch serves the restaurant's signature dishes, including soya sauce chicken rice, soya sauce chicken noodle and more, with price starting from Rp 28,000 (US$2.10).

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  • In: Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine offers both classics and new creations like this Diced Abalone and Chicken Wrapped with Egg White Crepe.
  • In: Labyrinth offers an explosion of local flavours and textures in creations like Chili Crab, which is actually soft-shell crab with chili crab sauce ice cream and a sandy 'beach' made with Mantou crumbs.
  • In: Meta serves up modern fusion like this 40 hours cooked beef cheek.
  • In: Summer Palace at the Regent Hotel whips up refined Hong Kong-Cantonese classics and new creations like Superior Bird’s Nest with Lobster.
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  • In: Emmanuel Stroobant's Saint Pierre restaurant.
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The restaurant's marketing manager told kompas.com that the eatery gets most of its ingredients from Singapore, but also sources local produce that meet their requirements.

Meanwhile, Hawker Chan's business development brand staff Evelyn said the Jakarta's outlet employs a local chef who received intensive training in Singapore.

"After opening [the outlet], chef Chan still [oversees] the operation," she added.