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Haute Cuisine Street Vendors

These Two Singaporean 'Hawker Stalls' Have Received Michelin Stars

— July 30, 2016 — Lifestyle
In the small Southeast Asian island of Singapore, "hawker stalls," better known in the West as street food stalls, have been around for decades, offering cheap and delicious meals for pedestrian passers-by. But while street food in the West is at best a delicious guilty pleasure that few consider fine dining, two hawker stalls proved that street food can be haute cuisine by earning coveted Michelin stars.

The Michelin food rating system, in which restaurants can earn one to three stars for quality, is the most prestigious restaurant honor in the world. Restaurants with a Michelin star are rare; to put it in perspective, there are no restaurants with even a single star in all of Canada. The Singaporean restaurants, Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle and Hill Street Tai Hwa, are the first food stalls ever to be awarded a star, and are among the only restaurants with the honor in all of Southeast Asia.
Trend Themes
1. Street Food Michelin Stars - The recognition of street food stalls with Michelin stars highlights the potential for elevating street food as a fine dining experience.
2. Food Stall Gastronomy - The success of these hawker stalls demonstrates the emergence of a new gastronomic trend, where affordable street food can rival high-end restaurants in terms of taste and quality.
3. Global Street Food Culture - The recognition of street food stalls as gourmet destinations contributes to the growing global appreciation and acceptance of diverse street food cultures.
Industry Implications
1. Food and Beverage - The food and beverage industry can explore opportunities to incorporate street food concepts and flavors into fine dining establishments, catering to evolving consumer preferences.
2. Hospitality - The hospitality industry can leverage the popularity of street food with Michelin stars to develop unique culinary experiences, such as offering street food tours or organizing pop-up street food events at hotels and resorts.
3. Food Tourism - The recognition of street food stalls as culinary destinations presents an opportunity for the food tourism industry to create curated street food experiences and promote niche travel destinations.
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