Laksa, curry puffs, and chicken rice on Michelin Guide's value-for-money list

SINGAPORE - The humble laska, curry puff, and chicken rice are some of the local hawker food that have received the Bib Gourmand rating on the highly coveted Michelin Guide Singapore.

17 hawker stalls, 14 restaurants, and three other eating outlets spanning 19 cuisine types were deemed worthy to be on the Bib Gourmand list, which recognises good food offerings under $45.

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Centre, Tiong Bahru Hainanese Chicken Rice at Tiong Bahru Market, Song Fa Bak Kut Teh in New Bridge Road, and Balestier Road Hoover Rojak at Whampoa Market Place are among the food establishments unveiled today.

Other notable hawker stalls include the laksa from Famous Sungei Road Trishaw at Hong Lim Market and Food Centre, and J2 Crispy Curry Puff at Amoy Street Market.

Newer names such as A Noodle Story, started in 2013 by two fine dining-trained hawker-preneurs, also made it to the list.

Cze char eateries New Ubin Seafood, JB Ah Meng and Sin Huat Eating House in Geylang also received a nod from the Bib Gourmand list.

Other restaurant options on the list include Turkish cuisine from Alaturka at Bussorah Road, Song Fa Bak Kut Teh at New Bridge Road, 328 Katong Laksa, and Zaffron Kitchen at East Coast Road which serves Indian cuisine.

Commenting on the diversity of food that made it to the list, Michael Ellis, the International Director of the Michelin Guides said: "A true crossroads, a mix of cultures with Chinese, Malaysian and Indonesian influences, Singapore's history is reflected in its cuisine - the variety, simplicity and authenticity completely won over our inspectors."

The Bib Gourmand list was introduced in 1955. 'Bib' is the company's nickname for the Michelin Man, the official company mascot for French tyre manufacturer Michelin Group.

Michelin first launched the annual food guide in 1900 to encourage French motorists to travel more, in a bid to boost the demand for cars and tyres.

Singapore's very first batch of Michelin-starred restaurants will be revealed in a gala event on July 21.

grongloh@sph.com.sg