New eats: For less than P200, you can enjoy a meal at this Michelin-starred Singapore import

Jeeves de Veyra

Posted at Jul 26 2018 05:39 AM | Updated as of Jul 26 2018 05:41 AM

Singapore’s Hawker Chan is now in Manila at SM Mall of Asia. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra

MANILA -- Singapore’s much-lauded soy chicken is now available in Manila as Hawker Chan opens its first branch in SM Mall of Asia on Thursday.

Hawker Chan started as Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle, a simple stall in Singapore’s Chinatown, where Chan Hong Meng served his seemingly simple soy chicken, lauded for its its taste and price, to lines of foodies. 

The queues became longer after being awarded a Michelin star in 2016. As a result, Liao Fan Hawker Chan, a relatively upscaled version of the stall was opened in late 2017. It’s this casual dining incarnation that is opening here in Manila.

Bringing affordable Michelin-starred restaurants isn’t new for Foodee Global Concepts, having brought Tim Ho Wan and its pork buns to the Philippines. 

”Because of our price point, we want to be where the affordable zoning of the mall would be. Our soy chicken rice is P128 and our char siew is P158. We’re positioning at a very affordable market,” explained Rikki Dee, CEO of Foodee Global Concepts.

Chef Chan Hong Meng was a farmer’s son who trained under a Hong Kong chef in Singapore. He flew to Manila to train the local staff but had to go back to Singapore to accept his restaurant’s Michelin Star for the third consecutive year. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra

It took a year for Foodee to find a local supplier to grow chickens for Hawker Chan’s signature soy chicken. The chickens used are fatter and heavier than the usual ones served in Manila’s chicken restaurants. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra

Besides the soy chicken, Hawker Chan’s char siew is another must-try. This salty-sweet barbecued pork is shown here with the soy chicken. This combination plate with special imported dark soy sauce on rice is only P180. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra

Noodles are also an option with the platter. The proprietary recipe for the noodles took some time to develop as Singaporeans are very particular about ingredients. This combination also features the Hawker Chan’s imported sambal which has its own distinctive kick. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra

Rikki Dee, CEO of Foodee Global Concepts, proudly welcomes chef Chan Hong Meng to Manila. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra

Apparently, Foodee is very confident about Hawker Chan as it is opening branches in Bonifacio Global City, Glorietta, and SM North EDSA before the end of the year.

To celebrate the opening of Hawker Chan, customers will get a chance to win a Singapore trip for two when they dine from July 26 to August 5, 2018. Furthermore, the 100 diners will receive 1-year, 6-months, 3-months, and 1-month’s worth of free Hawker Chan products depending on how early you get in line.

Hawker Chan is located at the ground floor of the SM Mall Of Asia’s Entertainment Mall.