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Ep 62: Serving the World’s Cheapest Michelin-Starred Meal | Hawker Chef Chan Hon Meng

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Welcome to Episode 62!

Our guest for STIMY Episode 62 is Hawker Chef Chan Hon Meng.

Hawker Chef Chan Hon Meng is a Malaysian-born, Michelin-starred chef who is best known for serving the world’s least expensive Michelin-starred meal.

He won his first Michelin star back in 2016 for his $2.50 soy sauce chicken noodle dish, and proceeded to do so for the next four consecutive years. Since then, his chicken rice store has exploded from one store in Chinatown to a franchise restaurants in 7 countries & 17 outlets within 2 years. In Singapore alone, there are 6,000 stalls in over 100 hawker stalls.


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    Who is Hawker Chan?

    In this episode, Hawker Chan shares: 

    • what it was like growing up in Ipoh, Malaysia;
    • how he obtained his apprenticeship under a Hong Kong chef, where he learned and perfected his famed soya sauce chicken recipe; 
    • starting his Liao Fan Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle in Chinatown Complex Food Centre in 2019;
    • what it was like first obtaining a Michelin star in 2016;
    • how his business developed as a franchise; 
    • the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on his business; and 
    • advice for others seeking to follow in his footsteps.
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    If you’re looking for more inspirational F&B stories, check out:

    • Maurizio Leo: Founder of the Perfect Loaf – one of the top sourdough blogs around (two-time Saveur Magazine Blog Award winner; Editors’ and Readers’ Choice Awards 2016; Resident Bread Baker at Food52)
    • Yi Jun Loh: Malaysian blogger, podcaster & writer
    • Renyi Chin: Founder of MyBurgerLab, MyPizzaLab & MyBobaLab
    • Darren Teoh: Founder & Head Chef of Dewakan – only Malaysian restaurant to make it to the 2019 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 

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