Singapore is a huge food hub, and we Singaporeans are immensely proud of it. In particular, our hawker culture has received recognition from local and international gastronomes alike.
One of the most illustrious accolades we have received of all time is the Michelin Bib Gourmand award. As of the 2018 Michelin Bib Gourmand list, we have a total of 50 recipients of the coveted award. Talk about Singaporean pride!
We’ve gone around to try most of them, so here’re 10 hawker stalls with the Michelin Bib Gourmand award that are worth queuing for.
Claypot rice is a dish that’s very close to my heart as I grew up eating it. One place that does them really well is New Lucky Claypot Rice (新鸿运瓦煲饭) in Holland Drive Market & Food Centre.
During peak hours, the wait can go up to 90 minutes. But trust me, it’s worth the wait. The stall has retained their Michelin Bib Gourmand award every year since 2017.
Their signature Claypot Wu Wei Rice (S$10/S$15 for two pax, S$15/S$20 for three pax, S$20/S$25 for four pax) comes with a hearty selection of ingredients that includes salted fish and lup cheong (Chinese sausage). You can also customise the amount of oil used and their speciality dark sauce.
Cooked over charcoal, the rice has a delectable smoky flavour. You can also find crispy charred ends of rice stuck to the pot, the most flavourful bits in my opinion.
New Lucky Claypot Rice (新鸿运瓦煲饭): 44 Holland Drive, #02-19 Holland Drive Market & Food Centre, Singapore 270044 | Tel: +65 6778 7808 | Opening Hours: 11am – 1pm & 5pm – 8pm (Thu – Tue), Closed on Wed | Facebook
A stone’s throw away from Telok Ayer MRT Station in Amoy Street Food Centre is A Noodle Story (超好面). This stall has been receiving the Michelin Bib Gourmand accolade since 2016 and it’s easy to see why.
Their Singapore-Style Ramen (S$8/Small, S$11/Medium)boasts a nostalgic flavour that’s reminiscent of wonton noodles. It also comes with a variety of ingredients: Chashu, Potato Prawn, Hot Spring Egg and HK-Style Wontons.
More importantly, their noodles are springy and al dente. Be sure to mix it well with the chilli and sweet sauce so that you’ll get a flavourful bite!
A Noodle Story (超好面): 7 Maxwell Road, #01-39 Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111 | Tel: +65 9027 6289 | Opening Hours: 11.15am – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 7.30pm (Mon – Fri), 10.30am – 2.30pm (Sat) | Facebook
Hong Lim Food Centre is no stranger to housing a multitude of good eats. One of the most popular stalls there is Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa (馳名結霜橋三輪車叻沙).
The stall has been receiving the Michelin Bib Gourmand award every year since 2016. Not only that, it has also earned numerous recognitions from local and international publications alike.
Their signature Asia Delight Laksa (S$5 per portion, S$9 with crayfish) has a broth with a strong coconut fragrance and bold umami seafood flavours. They mince up dried scallops, dried prawns and dried oysters to make the laksa broth.
Make sure you try their Fruit Juice Mee Siam (S$4 for small, S$5 for large, S$9 with crayfish) too! It’s their take on a healthier mee siam. A secret fruit juice goes into making the broth, so expect to pick up zesty and decadent notes.
Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa (馳名結霜橋三輪車叻沙): 531A Upper Cross Street, #02-66, Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, Singapore 051531 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 4.30pm (Mon – Sat), Closed on Sun
4. Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck (全記)
Located in Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre, Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck (全記) serves a homely plate of duck rice. Even before earning their first Michelin Bib Gourmand award in 2018, the stall has already been a hot favourite.
I’m a huge fan of their Braised Duck Rice (S$3/S$4/S$5) as it’s simply sublime. The duck meat is pleasantly chewy and a good contrast against the fluffy yam rice.
They also douse your plate with a generous load of their specialty sauce before serving it. This thick and luscious sauce has sweet and savoury notes that go well with anything. So make sure you dip every single piece of duck meat in it and mix your rice thoroughly!
Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck (全記): 20 Ghim Moh Road, #01-04, Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre, Singapore 270020 | Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Fri – Wed), Closed on Thu & last Sun of every month