Michelin Chef joins hawker stalls at Makansutra Gluttons Bay
Come and experience food prepared by a Michelin Chef!
Michelin star chefs are very well known for their top quality dining standards. Even when a Michelin star is awarded to the restaurant, the credit and recognition still go to the chef in charge. It is what all chefs aspire to have and what restaurants around the world proudly promote.
But what happens when a Michelin star chef takes it upon himself to open up at a hawker style stall space? A move like that would surely have everyone scratching their heads. First of all, you must be thinking why would locals want to splurge on restaurant quality food served hawker style when they can enjoy it in a proper restaurant? And secondly, how can all this fancy stuff compete with hawker favourites like Mee Goreng, Satay, Chicken Rice and Chilli Crabs? Sounds pretty ambitious right?
When Michelin Star Chefs goes Hawker
But David Pynt jumped at the opportunity and began creating British and Asian inspired BBQ dishes. To show how committed he was, he even had a hardwood brick oven installed. Imagine that! A wood oven in the middle of the stall, and a hawker stall no less. Before coming up with his menu, David went around to sample and to get a taste of the local food culture. He kept his menu simple and applied what he thought would sell at the hawker stall. Together with Chef Nicol Wong, he ended up producing 7 items on the menu with prices starting from as low as $4.
Some of their popular hits include the Cha Siew Ribs with Garlic Rice ($10), Grilled Chicken Chop with Salted Egg Yolk ($9) and their Smoked Suckling Pig with Glutinous Rice and XO Sauce ($16). Of course, some of these dishes definitely do not come with hawker food price tags. But you really are getting your money’s worth since David insists on using Spanish piglets.
If you think everything is just too heavy and all you want is a snack, there’s always their famous crispy Pulled Pork Wanton ($5), Popcorn Chicken with Honey Chilli, and Five Spice Fries ($4) with sambal mayonnaise. Honestly, you had me at crispy.
Perhaps splurging on “hawker food” might not be everyone’s cup of tea. And even though we are a dying breed, there are still a few of us who wouldn’t mind paying for really good food. Do drop by and experience it for yourself! Be the judge. Find them at Meatsmith, Makansutra Gluttons Bay at the Esplanade, 8 Raffles Avenue, every day, from 5pm onwards to 2.3oam.