Winning hawkers surprised by Michelin list
The list for the "Bib Gourmand award" winners did not just surprise us - it surprised some of the winning hawkers too.
THE FISHBALL STORY
During lunchtime, it is not unusual for Mr Douglas Ng's fishball noodle stall to be packed with a crowd.
The 25-year-old stall owner found out about the Bib Gourmand award yesterday morning after receiving a flood of notifications on his phone from his friends.
He told The New Paper: "I got a shock because I didn't expect to get recognition from Michelin.
"I believe there are other spectacular hawkers who deserve this."
CAUGHT OFF GUARD: Mr Douglas Ng from The Fishball Story (above). TNP PHOTO: ISKANDAR ROSSALI
The Fishball Story, opened by Mr Ng three years ago, was originally at Golden Mile Food Centre, but has since relocated to Timbre+, which opened in April.
The Bib Gourmand award is Mr Ng's highest accolade so far, but it is not the award that is the most important to him.
He said: "It doesn't have to be an award to make me happy. It's the customers' feedback and support that keeps me going, when they come back and say things like, 'Hey, you are doing a good job, keep it up!'"
A NOODLE STORY
TNP PHOTO: IFFAH DURRAH KAJAI
For a hawker stall that is only three years old, A Noodle Story is doing more than well.
The stall was founded in 2013 by Shatec graduates Gwern Khoo, 35, and Ben Tham, 34.
Mr Khoo, too, was surprised when he found out that his stall had been awarded the Bib Gourmand from Michelin.
They were not aware that their stall, which has only one item on the menu - Singaporean-style Ramen - had ever been visited by a Michelin food inspector.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MR AZMAN KAMIS
Wedang is the only establishment in the list that features Indonesian food (and, of course, satay).
When TNP went to Golden Mile Food Centre, we were surprised to find that the stall was gone.
It is now at Stall 44 at Aljunied Avenue 22, Block 117 Market and Food Centre.
Stall owner Azman Kamis, 57, later told TNP that he only found out about Wedang making the list a few minutes before we called him on the phone. He, too, did not know that a Michelin inspector had visited his stall.
NA NA CURRY
Another food stall given the Bib Gourmand award was Na Na Curry, at Bukit Merah View Market and Food Centre. The stall belongs to a married couple - Madam Poh Swee Lan and Mr Yap Hock Hua.
The family business, which started more than 20 years ago at Marina South, belongs to Mr Yap's family and they have two other stalls, at Commonwealth and Jurong East.
Madam Poh, 48, who was nonchalant about receiving the Bib Gourmand award, tand did not even know what the Michelin Guide was.
Bib Gourmand awards for Singapore
- Alaturka Mediterranean & Turkish Restaurant: 16, Bussorah Street
- Hj. Maimunah Restaurant & Catering: 11, Jalan Pisang
- Ka-Soh Restaurant: 2, College Road
- Kok Sen Restaurant: 30, Keong Saik Road
- Lagnaa, Bare Foot Dining: 6, Upper Dickson Road
- New Ubin Seafood: Block 27, Sin Ming Road, Sin Ming Industrial Estate Sector A #01-174
- Peony Jade Restaurant (Keppel Club): Peony-Jade Restaurant, The Keppel Club, Bukit Chermin Road
- Shish Mahal Restaurant & Pub : 20, Albert Street
- Song Fa Bak Kut Teh: 11, New Bridge Road, #01-01
- 328 Katong Laksa: 53, East Coast Road
- True Blue Cuisine: 49, Armenian Street
- Whole Earth: 76, Peck Seah Street
- Yhingthai Palace Restaurant: 36, Purvis Street
- Zaffron Kitchen: 137, East Coast Road
HAWKER CENTRE STALLS
OTHER STREET FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS
- Bismillah Biryani: 50, Dunlop Street
- JB Ah Meng Kitchen: 2, Lorong 23 Geylang
- Sin Huat Eating House: 659, Lorong 35 Geylang Road