Liao Fan Hawker Chan Singapore: Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken is World’s Cheapest Michelin Starred Meal
Address: 78 Smith St, Singapore 058972; 335 Smith Street #02-126 Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, Singapore 050335; 18 Tai Seng Street, #01-02, Singapore 539775
Opening Hours: Daily except Wednesdays 10:30am – 8:00pm
Telephone Number: +65 6221 1668
Facebook: Hawker Chan SG
Liao Fan Hawker Chan Menu
I love long lines. I’ve always had a penchant for lining up for food that’s cheap, popular and controversial. When Hawker Chan opened a brick and mortar in Chinatown that’s air-conditioned and bigger than his Michelin Star stall in Chinatown Food Centre (which he earned back in July 2016, well-deserved), everyone – and I meant everyone – went straight for a better environment in the scorching heat.
This is the scene everyday at Hawker Chan.
His restaurant in Smith Street, away from the hustle and bustles of Temple Street doesn’t have a Michelin Star, and is certainly not the cheapest one. Soya Sauce Chicken Noodles sell for SGD 6.00, while the rice topped Soya Sauce Chicken is at SGD 5.50 as of time of writing. Some of the other blogs would say they sell at SGD 3.80, which is probably the old price. So yes, it’s not cheap. Duck noodles in hawker centers won’t even sell at SGD 5.00. For a hawker food fare, it’s more expensive. But for the rest, this is rock bottom cheap.
Hawker Chan recently partnered with Foodee Concepts in the Philippines, who were the same owners behind Kam’s Roast, Todd English and Tim Ho Wan and Maisen in the Philippines. I was told, a rice topping sells at Php 148 ( as of time of writing), so this, by Manila standards, is indeed, cheap. But the cut of the meat is paper thin.
Enough of price comparisons. Here’s the beauty that is Soya Sauce Chicken Noodles.
Soya Sauce Chicken Noodles – SGD 6.00
I ordered an extra meat – Roast Pork at SGD 3.00. At SGD 3.00, it’s alright. The meat is not paper thin.
I love the noodles. You can order a horfun version, and I bet, in the Philippines, it’s not going to achieve the same quality as the store in Singapore even if Foodee Concepts tried. It’s extremely hard to make this type of noodle, that’s also used in Kway Teow and classic Horfun with gravy.
To achieve the best for your money, try the noodles instead of the rice. You can also choose the part of the chicken at a measly SGD 0.50 value, but the chicken breast doesn’t bore me. I like that it’s clean and the skin is really good and sinful. I wish I chose the drumstick part of the chicken. On the other hand. the roast pork tastes great. The portion size is just right for 1 person.
In my next visit to Singapore, I will certainly try out the original stall. But for those of you looking at trying out Liao Fan Hawker Chan’s restaurant and witnessing its chicken legacy, best to come here before the lunch hour hits, or be prepared to have problems scoring dining seats.