3 Restaurants and 9 Hawker Stalls Added To The Michelin Bib Gourmand List
Singapore cements its reputation as the place to dine
The F&B industry in Singapore might have had a famously bad couple of years with COVID-19 and several lockdowns and closures, but this doesn’t mean that The Little Red Dot’s dining scene has been snoozing as three restaurants and nine hawker stalls have found themselves added to the Michelin Bib Gourmand List for this year.
Firstly – let’s clear up exactly what a Michelin Bib Gourmand is. Well, it’s not of the same category as the acclaimed Michelin list but it means an establishment that’s food is of a certain exacting standard and price wise, it must cost less than $45 for a three course lunch – meaning it’s good value for money.
In total this year, there are 42 hawker stalls, six street food establishments and 21 restaurants that make up the list- spanning across various cuisines and styles that make up Singapore’s unique melting pot of cuisine.
The new entrants to the Bib Gourmand selection include three restaurants and nine hawker stalls. Among the new restaurants, Da Shi Jia Big Prawn Mee (Killiney) is famed for its prawn noodle soup and fried prawn bee hoon that diners can be customised with a variety of noodles and sizes ranging from regular to XXL. Kotuwa (Jalan Besar) offers hoppers and seafood-focussed dishes by a chef-owner of Sri Lankan heritage, while The Coconut Club (Ann Siang) enriches coconut-centric dishes such as nasi lemak with Malaysia-imported coconuts for extra flavour and authenticity.
In addition, the nine hawker establishments offer a span of iconic Singaporean fare such as bak kut teh, laksa, and sliced fish soup. They include Fei Fei Roasted Noodle and Heng Heng Cooked Food in Yuhua Village Market and Food Centre; Jian Bo Tiong Bahru Shui Kueh and Soh Kee Cooked Food in Jurong West 505 Market & Food Centre; Lai Heng Handmade Teochew Kueh (Yuhua Market & Hawker Centre), Hainan Zi (Chong Pang Market and Food Centre), Joo Siah Bak Koot Teh (Kai Xiang Food Centre), Jun Yuan House Of Fish (Old Airport Road Food Centre) and Kwang Kee Teochew Fish Porridge (Newton Food Centre).
Speaking of the new 2021 guide, Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides, said: “Awarded by Michelin inspectors to food establishments that serve good quality food at a good value, Bib Gourmands are often described as ‘personal favourites’ of theirs. It is no surprise then to find a large proportion of Singapore’s cherished hawker stalls and street food establishments among the Bib Gourmands. Their tenacity to brave through these uncertain times has been a source of strength to everyone and this uniquely Singapore’s hawker culture a source of pride to the nation. Now, they are inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Culture List.”
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