If you thought the froth over Tim Ho Wan landing in Australia last year was intense (unavoidable given it was touted as the world's cheapest Michelin-starred yum cha) brace yourself for the arrival of Hawker Chan – the world's cheapest Michelin-starred meal, period.
Hawker Chan is the spin-off of chef Chan Hon Meng's humble Hong Kong-style soy chicken and rice stall which shot to stardom last year for being the only hawker cart to bag a star in Michelin's Singapore guide.
As is quickly becoming a pattern, the growth specialists at Hersing Culinary swooped as soon as the accolade was announced, partnering with Meng and beginning a march across the globe. An 80-seater restaurant was quickly opened near the original cart in Chinatown, followed by branches in Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia. A 100 seat Melbourne store will open on Lonsdale Street in October.
According to Victor Aghtan, who spearheaded the Tim Ho Wan launch in Melbourne, the menu "will be almost identical to Singapore with some local seasonal changes."
Key dishes are Meng's trademark crisp-skinned soy chicken as well as plates of char siu (barbecued pork), cleaved to order and served with rice or noodles.
Meng will be training staff in Singapore, but will fly out to Australia for the opening. Prepare for a poultry-based frenzy.