Mr. Chan Hong Meng, the creator of rice and chicken noodles with soy sauce – Photo: CNN
The loss of the Michelin star can be considered a pity for Mr. Chan because this is one of the prestigious culinary reviews, likened to the Oscars of the culinary village.
Although no one knows why, many people believe that Hawker Chan was downgraded because the quality of the food is no longer the same.
Some netizens agreed, that since Liao Fan Hong Kong chicken noodle and rice shop in Singapore’s Chinatown became an international brand, they feel that the taste has not been the same.
After receiving a Michelin star in 2016, Mr. Chan Hong Meng expanded his business. He changed the restaurant’s name to Hawker Chan and decided to franchise the brand to go abroad.
Hawker Chan’s dish is rated as going downhill by diners after having a Michelin star. This brand representative assures customers that it will win back the Michelin star next year – Photo: FACEBOOK HAWKER CHAN
In a response to CNN’s Travel section, brand representatives Hawker Chan asserted that the secret recipe and cooking method that made Mr. Chan’s reputation remained unchanged since 2009.
“We hope to find out why Michelin has excluded us from this year’s list. However, we understand that each person has their own taste in food. Hawker Chan will continue to serve delicious meals. and affordable because that is our vision and mission”, said brand representative Hawker Chan.
Mr. KF Seetoh, a food expert in Singapore, believes that Michelin is acting to protect the value of other Michelin-starred eateries and restaurants.
The Michelin Guide, owned by the tire company of the same name, is one of the most enigmatic culinary publications in the world. The names of Michelin editors and contributors are always conjecture.
At first, this was a publication dedicated to truckers in Europe, dedicated to presenting them with quality food and stops.
After a few years, the Michelin Guide became a travel publication, providing addresses for delicious eateries for foodies. A star rating system was also introduced, with the maximum number of 3 stars a restaurant and cafeteria can receive.
Mr. Chan and his restaurant are famous for being the most popular restaurant to receive a Michelin star – Photo: CNN
Michelin stars are so prestigious that some chefs have tried frantically to get or keep the ranking.
In 2019, French chef Marc Veyrat sued the Michelin Guide after it downgraded his restaurant from 3 stars to 2 stars. He demanded transparency of the review process, publicity of the editorial board and Michelin experts, but this attempt ultimately failed.
Not everyone is happy to receive a Michelin star, though. Korean chef Eo Yun Gwon expressed frustration when his restaurant was given a star because it was against his will.
“Like a ghost, they don’t have a contact number and I can only contact them via email. Even though I declined to put my restaurant on the list, they did as they please. Until this year It’s still the same,” said Mr. Eo.
Diners line up at Mr. Chan’s restaurant after hearing that he was awarded a Michelin star – Screenshot