The Michelin Guide has received its fair share of criticism, mostly surrounding its marked emphasis on expensive tasting menus and for entirely ignoring certain parts of the world. However, there are exceptions to the rule, with the most astounding of these being Singapore’s Liao Fan Hawker Chan – a humble hawker stall – boasting one star. Chef Chan Hon Meng’s plate of Hong Kong soy sauce chicken and rice dish will cost food connoisseurs only $2.
Located in Chinatown in a popular hawker market, the stall is attracting massive queues of locals and tourists alike with waits sometimes up to three hours and people lining up long before opening. The chef has since stated that the worldwide attention and increase in numbers has been overwhelming, and furthermore, that before the acclaimed star was awarded to his business in 2016, he had never actually heard of the Michelin Guide.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, eight of the 10 cheapest Michelin-starred meals around the world are found in Asia. Meanwhile, the most money-friendly Michelin-starred offering in Europe is the set lunch menu at L’Antic Moli in El Castell in Spain, which costs just $16. In the US, Al’s Place in San Francisco offers the best Michelin value for money, with an a la carte option setting you back around $18.
The 10 cheapest Michelin meals:
- Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle, Singapore = $2.20
- Tim Ho Wan, Hong Kong = $3.80
- Hamo, Seoul = $7.10
- Chugokusai S.Sawada, Tokyo = $9.70
- Jay Fai, Bangkok = $12.00
- Ginza Ibuki, Tokyo = $12.70
- Three Coins, Taipei = $13.00
- Lao Zheng Xing, Shanghai = $14.60
- L’Antic Moli, El Castell = $16.60
- Al’s Place, San Francisco = £18.00
By Natarsha Brown