Michelin Street Food Stand Expansion

Could the $1.50 chicken and rice make it to the U.S.?

This summer, when Michelin gave a star to a street food stand in one of Singapore's hawker centers (think a mall but dedicated to food) for the first time ever, people were shocked. Michelin-starred meals usually start around $100 and can climb hundreds of dollars more from there. At Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle, a meal costs just $1.50—and your time waiting in line for the expertly prepared meal.

That meal may soon be a bit easier to get, Munchies reports. Chef and owner of the stand Chan Hong Meng is teaming up with Hersing Culinary to open a counter restaurant with 80 seats in Singapore's Chinatown this month and, hopefully, more down the line. The company's invested nearly three quarters of a million dollars in the stand. Before the investment, Hong Meng said he was interested in expanding and that he wanted to "go into the overseas market and I want it to be run like a franchise, like KFC."

Hersing Culinary is also the company behind the expansion of Tim Ho Wan, dubbed the world's cheapest Michelin restaurant, which is expanding to New York City this season and already operates in nine countries. So will an outpost of Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle make its way to the U.S.? We can only hope.