In the second of three exclusive interviews with participating chefs, we talk to the humble hawker turned Michelin-acclaimed chef Chan Hon Meng, who will be flying from Singapore to cook at Macau's first Street Food Festival. In 2009, Chan opened Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle at one of Singapore’s famed hawker centres, and was awarded one Michelin star in the Michelin Guide Singapore in July 2016 and again in 2017.
What was your reaction to being listed in the Michelin Guide?
When my stall was first listed in the Michelin Guide, I was shocked and pleasantly surprised that even a hawker stall could be listed and awarded a star. I felt honoured and deeply humbled at the same time. In 2017, I was glad to have maintained the star. I would like to either maintain or improve my standards in the years to come.
What would you be if you weren’t a chef?
Cooking has been a huge part of my life even since I was young. I don't know what I would be if I were not a chef.
What is your restaurants' most popular dish?
Of course that would be the soya sauce chicken! You can pair it with rice or noodles but it is good to eat it on its own as well.
What is your idea of food heaven and hell?
To me a food heaven is where all different cuisines of the world are easily available in one place, where everyone is able to taste and enjoy the food prepared by their respective culinary experts in the fields. A food hell would be a place where there is little to no appreciation for good, authentic food that has been skilfully prepared.
What is the strangest food you’ve eaten?
I think salads are strange. Some people love uncooked vegetables but I cannot understand why; I'd rather have them cooked.
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For whom would you most like to cook?
I love cooking for my family, they always enjoy my food and I love spending time with them; they are my everything.
If you could prepare one last meal, what would it be?
It would still be my soya sauce chicken.
Michelin Guide Street Food Festival
12 noon to 8pm daily
Studio City, Estrada do Istmo
Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle
Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre,
78 Smith Street, Singapore
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