Michelin-starred Hawker Chan has opened an outlet in Melbourne – and the crowds keep coming

It’s been touted as the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant, famous for its Hong Kong-style soya sauce chicken rice and noodle.

And now Hawker Chan’s outlet at Singapore’s Smith Street isn’t the only one drawing the crowds.

Malaysian-born chef Chan Hon Meng opened his first Australian outlet in Melbourne last Friday (Dec 8) in Lonsdale Street to much fanfare with one city resident telling Business Insider that the snaking queues did not let up over the weekend.

This is despite the fact that the restaurant isn’t fancy – it doesn’t not offer table service or reservations, according to culture and lifestyle website Broadsheet Melbourne.

Mr Chan was awarded the Michelin star last year for his restaurant, which is a spin-off of his humble local hawker stall Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle.

Prices for a meal at his Melbourne outlet, which seats 92 customers, start at A$6.80 ($5.12) for the soya sauce chicken rice, according to a TV news report by 7 News Melbourne. The restaurant is also well-known for its char siew and roast pork dishes.

In the report, chef Chan said he wanted to bring his food to Australia and that he loves Melbourne.

Broadsheet added that the Hawker Chan franchise is owned by Chan and Hersing Culinary, which is also responsible for the Michelin-starred dumpling franchise Tim Ho Wan in Melbourne and Sydney.