Michelin-Starred Hawker Chan’s Heartwarming $2.50 Soya Sauce Chicken Story in S’pore

The Humble Backstory Of Michelin-Starred Street Food Star Hawker Chan

Liao Fan Hawker Chan is definitely not an unfamiliar name to us. Especially it being the world’s first-ever Michelin-starred street food vendor, right here in Singapore. At only $2.50 for each plate of Soya Sauce Chicken Noodles, it is the cheapest Michelin-starred dish ever. Hence, it is highly recommended to give Liao Fan Hawker Chan a try!

The Humbling Noodle Story Behind Liao Fan Hawker Chan

Photo: @liaofanhawkerchan (Instagram)
Photo: @liaofanhawkerchan (Instagram)

Generally, everyone knows Hawker Chan as the man behind Liao Fan Hawker Chan. But little do they know about the humbling backstory behind all the Michelin-starred contemporaries.

Chef Chan Hon Meng, which is more often known as Hawker Chan grew up in a kampong in Ipoh, Malaysia. Growing up, his parents were farmers who raised livestock and grew their own produce on the family’s farm in order to put food on the table.

Hawker Chan’s culinary journey started during his childhood days when he prepared meals for his family on a daily basis. This then developed Hawker Chan’s passion and a special interest in food and cooking at a very early age.

Photo: @liaofanhawkerchan (Instagram)

After dropping out of school at the age of 15, Hawker Chan worked in a Hong Kong restaurant to gain experience before he decided to venture out on the street with his very own hawker stall that served Hong Kong Style Soya Sauce Chicken Noodles.

Photo: @liaofanhawkerchan (Instagram)

With his 38-year cooking experience, Hawker Chan has garnered a huge buzz for his extremely delicious noodles. In July 2016, Hawker Chan was then invited to the annual Michelin Guide Singapore gala dinner. On that very night, he received a single Michelin star.

The World’s First Michelin-Starred Street Food Chef And His Humbling Story Towards Success

Photo: @liaofanhawkerchan (Instagram)

During an interview, Hawker Chan mentioned that “For us chefs, we long for the day we are recognized internationally. It’s a form of honor,”. He hopes that more undiscovered local hawker talent will be recognized and enjoyed on an international stage. The humbling story behind Liao Fan Hawker Chan is what makes each and every plate of Soya Sauce Chicken Noodles so heartwarming. Make sure you try it out for yourself, as it is definitely worth braving the queue for!


  • 335 Smith Street, #02-126 Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, Singapore 050335 | 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily (Closed on Sundays)
  • 78 Smith Street, Singapore 050972 | 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
  • 18 Tai Seng Street, #01-02, Singapore 539775 | 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
  • 107 North Bridge Road, #01-03 Funan Mall, Singapore 179097 | 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily

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