WORLD’S CHEAPEST MICHELINSTAR MEAL
Why gourmands around the world are descending on this humble plate of soyabraised chicken on plain white rice.
Eight years ago, Malaysia-born hawker Chan Hon Meng priced his soya sauce chicken rice at $2 a plate, in the hope of enticing locals more familiar with the aromatic oily rice and white slices of meat in Hainanese chicken rice.
Now, Chan’s Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle at Chinatown Complex is making global headlines as the source of the world’s cheapest Michelin-star meal, after being awarded the coveted star in July. Chan, who has since added 30 more birds to the 150 he already sells daily, says in Mandarin: “The stall space is very small, and we don’t have enough manpower ( he has two assistants) to cope with selling more chickens.”
His comeback to disappointed customers who queue two hours, only to have him run out of food: “Would you like to eat something good, or something not so good because I compromise?”
Here’s what goes into his plate of soya sauce chicken rice.