Two Singaporean hawker stalls awarded 1 Michelin star; only one restaurant given 3 stars

The results for the very first edition of the Michelin Guide Singapore were released last night to much fanfare. Altogether, 29 stars were doled out to dining establishments, with 22 getting one star, six receiving two stars and only one taking the coveted three stars.

That honour went to Joël Robuchon at Resorts World Sentosa.

It’s also the first time Australian cuisine has been recognised with a Michelin star, thanks to another Resorts World Sentosa restaurant: Osia.

But the best part was the fact that two Singaporean hawker stalls received one star each, making this a first for street food in Michelin history. We’re damn proud of Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle at Crawford Lane and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle in Chinatown. Although we’re admittedly worried about the never-ending queues, now that these two names have gotten the official stamp of approval. But both have said that prices will not be raised… at least for now.

According to the guide’s definition, one star means ‘high quality cooking, worth a stop’, two stars indicate ‘excellent cooking, worth a detour’ and three stars refer to ‘exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey’.

All restaurants were judged based on quality of products, mastery of flavour and cooking techniques, personality of the chef in the cuisine, value for money and consistency between visits.

Take a look at the entire list below.

Three stars:

  • Joël Robuchon

Two stars:

  • André
  • L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
  • Les Amis
  • Odette
  • Shisen Hanten
  • Shoukouwa

One star:

  • Alma
  • The Kitchen at Bacchanalia
  • Béni
  • Candlenut
  • Corner House
  • Crystal Jade Golden Palace
  • Cut
  • Forest
  • Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
  • Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle
  • Jaan
  • Lei Garden
  • Osia
  • Putien (Kitchener Road)
  • Rhubarb
  • Shinji (Beach Road)
  • Shinji (Tanglin Road)
  • Summer Pavillion
  • Sushi Ichi
  • Terra
  • The Song of India
  • Waku Ghin

But if you’d rather have a Michelin-recognised meal under $45, your best bet is the Bib Gourmand list of affordable yet award-worthy eateries.

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