You might have heard the name Hawker Chan. For a lot of food enthusiasts who do not belong to the 1%, he’s something of a gate pass. Chan is a Michelin-star chef who wanted to bring his food to the streets, hence his now-famous Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice, dubbed as the “cheapest Michelin-Star meal in the world”.

That very same dish is coming to the Philippines, thanks to the FooDee Group, the same team who brought us Tim Ho Wan, Todd English, Llaollao, and more. Although there is no official launch date (yet), I’ll be sure to do a follow-up post the minute one is announced. Word is, Chan’s chicken rice will hit our islands in Q3 of 2017.

On a trip to Singapore in 2015, I went and ate in Liao Fan, Chan’s humble food stall situated at the Chinatown Complex, a hectic food utopia with satay stands and clay pot stalls left and right. Liao Fan is embellished with a long queue when I visited; usually, it means that the food is top-notch, which for me was proven true on the first bite. It is, to say the least, the best 2SGD I’ve spent. Ever.

I plan on returning this year, but with family so I can introduce them to Singapore’s food scene. Chan now operates in a quick-service flagship not far from the Complex, but it appears we don’t have to fly to Singapore any longer. I’m excited.


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