Miche­lin-starred hawker to start own chain

The Sun (Malaysia) - - WHAT2EAT -

A SIN­GA­PORE street-food hawker, who was awarded a Miche­lin star this year, an­nounced a part­ner­ship re­cently with a multi­na­tional culi­nary com­pany to of­fer cus­tomers across Asia a taste of his prize-win­ning braised chicken dish.

Chan Hon Meng an­nounced this in a joint press con­fer­ence with Sin­ga­pore-based Hers­ing Culi­nary, which holds the Asian fran­chise for the pop­u­lar Tim Ho Wan chain.

Chan said the part­ners will col­lab­o­rate on a new Sin­ga­porean restau­rant be­fore ex­pand­ing across the re­gion.

“I’m very happy to find the right part­ner,” Chan told re­porters. “It’s im­por­tant that they are very en­thu­si­as­tic about the food and bev­er­age in­dus­try and they put their cus­tomers first.”

Their first ven­ture will be a restau­rant called Hawker Chan, which will of­fer the sig­na­ture chicken dishes Chan cur­rently serves at his stall in Sin­ga­pore’s Chi­na­town.

Malaysian-born Chan is one of two ‘hawk­ers’ – so-called be­cause many started out as street ped­dlers – awarded one star by the culi­nary bi­ble when it launched its in­au­gu­ral Sin­ga­pore guide in July.

The new 80-seater Hawker Chan, just three min­utes’ walk from the cur­rent stall, will fea­ture air-con­di­tion­ing and sit-down din­ing at higher prices.

Chan will get a 50% stake in the restau­rant, whose set-up costs are es­ti­mated at S$1 mil­lion (RM3.1 mil­lion).

Chan’s stall, which serves up his award-win­ning dish for just S$2.50 (RM7.80), has been called the cheap­est Miche­lin-starred food es­tab­lish­ment in the world.

His wife and other fam­ily mem­bers will con­tinue to run his stall while he will over­see op­er­a­tions at both out­lets.

Chan in pre­vi­ous in­ter­views in­di­cated his de­sire to “be like Tim Ho Wan”.

The diminu­tive cook saw his for­tunes change af­ter he was awarded a Miche­lin star, with din­ers lin­ing up for hours just to or­der a plate of chicken and rice.

“I’m very happy that I can bring some­thing small that be­longs to Sin­ga­pore to go across the world,” he said.

“If you work hard, you can be recog­nised and your day will come.” – AFP-Re­laxnews

Chan (left) is go­ing big time as he ex­pands his prizewin­ning braised chicken rice from a stall on the street into a new S$1 mil­lion setup.

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