Street food headed for fran­chis­ing after Miche­lin star rat­ing

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

ASINGAPORE street-food chef who was awarded a Miche­lin star this year an­nounced over the week­end a part­ner­ship with a multi­na­tional culi­nary com­pany to of­fer cus­tomers across Asia a taste of his prize-win­ning braised chicken dish.

Chan Hon Meng an­nounced in a joint press con­fer­ence with Sin­ga­pore-based Hers­ing Culi­nary, which holds the Asia fran­chise for the pop­u­lar Tim Ho Wan chain that 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 80-seater Hawker Chan, just three min­utes’ walk from the cur­rent stall, will fea­ture air­con­di­tion­ing and sit-down din­ing at higher prices.

Chan will get a 50 per­cent stake in the restau­rant, whose set-up costs are es­ti­mated at S$1 mil­lion (US$720,000).

Chan’s stall, which serves up his award-win­ning dish for just S$2.50 ($1.80), 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.

Hers­ing chair Harry Chua de­clined to give a time­line for in­ter­na­tional ex­pan­sion, with fi­nan­cial terms for fu­ture out­lets to be ne­go­ti­ated be­tween the two par­ties.

Hers­ing holds the Asia Pa­cific fran­chise rights to Tim Ho Wan, a Hong Kong dim sum chain that has also been awarded one Miche­lin star.

It has 38 Tim Ho Wan restau­rants in nine coun­tries, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia, Tai­wan and the Philip­pines.

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

Photo: AFP

Chef Chan Hon Meng (right), also known as “Hawker Chan”, and Hers­ing chair Harry Chua shake hands after a press con­fer­ence in Sin­ga­pore on October 28.

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