SINGAPORE - The one-Michelin-starred Hill Street Tai Wah Pork Noodle stall in Crawford Lane has emerged tops in this year's Top 50 World Street Food Masters list.
The list, which ranks street food eateries around the world, is put together by
the World Street Food Congress that was held in Manila in the Philippines. The
five-day event wrapped up on June 4.
The judging panel said of Hill Street Tai Wah Pork Noodle: "They are the first
family behind this Singapore-invented dish and the second-generation owner,
already in his 60s, has now received worldwide attention as one of the first
street food hawkers to obtain a Michelin Star. The sambal and black
vinegar-laced pork noodle is the stuff addiction is made of and the wait for an
order is about 90 minutes today."
The panel included food commentators, writers and professionals, who looked at
criteria such as ingredients, food hygiene, and quality and flavour of food.
They also factored in the eateries' ability to create job opportunities for the
displaced and disadvantaged in their respective countries.
Joining Hill Street Tai Wah Pork Noodle on the list are 13 other Singapore
They are Chey Sua Fried Carrot Cake in Lorong 1 Toa Payoh (No. 10), Master Tang Wanton Mee in Sixth Avenue (No. 16), An Ji Sang Mee in Chinatown Complex Food Centre (No. 24), Tan's Kueh Tutu in Havelock Road (No. 26), KEK Seafood in Bukit Merah Lane 1 (No. 28), Hoy Yong Cze Cha Seafood in Clementi Avenue 2 (No. 30), Sin Kee Famous Chicken Rice in Holland Drive (No. 33), Hwa Heng Beef Noodle in Bendemeer Road (No. 40), Kim's Fried Hokkien Mee in Jalan Eunos (No. 42), Soon Wah Fishball Kway Teow Mee in Newton Circus Food Centre (No. 44), Heng Kee Curry Chicken Noodle in Hong Lim Food Centre (No. 45), Ambeng Cafe in Upper Changi Road (No. 48) and Ah Lim Oyster Omelette in Berseh Food Centre (No. 50).
The judges also lauded these eateries, which they call "one-dish entrepreneurs".
They said the eateries sell food that are " comforting to their communities" and
Other countries in the list include the United States, Thailand, Mexico,
Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, the Philippines and India. The other stalls
that make up the top five are Franklin's BBQ in Texas, Che Paek Pu Ob Woon Sen in Bangkok which sells seafood glass noodles, Aling Lucing Sisig in Pampanga, the Philippines, and noodle stall Pak Sadi Soto Ambengan in Jakarta.
The World Street Food Congress is organised by Singapore food company
Makansutra, which is founded by KF Seetoh. The congress' council members include American celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, veteran Indonesian chef William Wongso and Danish chef Claus Meyer.