Bib Gourmand awards for the 2016 Michelin Guide Singapore has just been announced. This makes Singapore the first Southeast Asian country to be featured in a Michelin Guide.
A total of 34 eateries made it to the list, 17 of them can be found in traditional food centres.
To qualify for the Bib Gourmand awards, venues must offer good value meal for under $45.
This year awardees represent a rich diversity of 19 cuisine types including Indian, Cantonese, Vietnamese and even Turkish food.
Among the list include popular hawker favourites such as Hainanese Chicken Rice in Tiong Bahru Market, J2 Crispy Curry Puff in Amoy Street Market, Wedang Indonesian satay in Golden Mile Complex and Bismillah Biryani on Dunlop Street.
According to Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin guides, an international panel of Michelin “inspectors” are already exploring the city-state’s offerings.
These inspectors dine anonymously and assess an establishment based on five elements: consistency, value for money, quality of product, personality of the chef as expressed by the cuisine, and of course the flavours and preparation of the food.
The most exceptional performances are awarded three stars by the guide – an accolade considered to be the pinnacle achievement of a restaurant in some circles.
Two- and one-star ratings denote excellent establishments that are but a few shades shy of the higher tiers.
Between editions of the guide, restaurants may lose or gain stars based on their performance during subsequent visits (incognito as well).
These are the selection of the Bib Gourmand list:
- Alaturka (Turkish) – Bussorah Street
- Hjh Maimunah (Malaysian) – Jalan Pisang 11-15
- Ka Soh (Singaporean) – College Road
- Kok Sen (tze char) – Keong Saik Road
- Lagnaa (Indian) – Little India
- New Ubin Seafood – Sin Ming Road
- Peony Jade at Keppel Club (Cantonese) – Bukit Chermin Rd
- Shish Mahal (Indian) – Albert Street
- Song Fa Bak Kut Teh – New Bridge Rd
- 328 Katong Laksa – East Coast Road
- True Blue Cuisine (Peranakan) – Armenien Street
- Whole Earth (vegetarian) – Peck Street
- Yhingthai Palace (Thai) – Purvis Street
- Zaffron Kitchen (Indian) – East Coast Road
- Claypot Laksa – Alexandra Village Food Centre
- A Noodle Story – Amoy Street Food Centre
- Famous Crispy Curry Puff – Amoy Street Food Centre
- Hong Kee Beef Noodle – Amoy Street Food Centre
- Hoo Kee Rice Dumpling – Amoy Street Food Centre
- The Fishball Story – Golden Mile Food Centre
- Wedang (Indonesian food and satay) – Golden Mile Food Centre
- Famous Sungei Road Trishaw (laksa) – Hong Lim Market & Food Centre
- Na Na Curry – 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre
- Chey Sua Carrot Cake – 127 Toa Payoh West Market & Food Centre
- Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice – Maxwell Food Centre
- Shi Hui Yuan (noodle with chicken and duck) – Mei Ling Market & Food Centre
- Alliance Seafood – Newton Food Centre
- Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice – Tiong Bahru Market
- Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee – Tiong Bahru Market
- Balestier Road Hoover Rojak – Whampoa Market Place
- Liang Zhao Ji (soy duck) – Whampoa Market Place
Street Food Establishments
- Bismallah Biryani – Dunlop Road
- JB Ah Meng Kitchen (Cantonese) – Geylang Road
- Sin Huat Eating House (crab rice noodle) – Geylang Road