September 11, 2019

World's Cheapest Michelin-Starred Restaurant Hawker Chan is Now in BGC!

I’ve seen Bonifacio Global City rise to a premiere business and residential district. I clearly remember from my college building we can still see Market Market, we would do picnics and watch concerts in its former open grounds. Years later it’s a vibrant city full of tall structures and probably the only private property that houses hundreds of restaurants in a small CBD. Being the “it” city at the moment, price points of food offerings here tend to be a little bit pricey. And of course, who wants to eat fast food or bland cafeteria food all the time right? You can’t splurge on food every day either since or you have to stick to a budget for your daily lunch.

Here’s good news for employees and residents of BGC, you can now find mid-range price points at the newly opened Food District Signatures On 5th! This new food hall is located in the heart of BGC and we can say the poshiest of its any district since it is at One Bonifacio High Street which is just across Shangrila Hotel BGC and BGC Central. Almost all the food brands inside this new food hall are cult faves and mostly home grown! On September 3, 2019 was their grand opening and included in the extensive list of brands for you to enjoy there is Hawker Chan!

When Hawker Chan opened in the Philipines (SM MOA) last year, Metro Manila's bustling dining scene has just zoomed several notches higher as Manila finally had a taste of what is known as the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world. This internationally acclaimed Singapore-based restaurant promised to rock the Philippines with its gloriously delicious dishes, especially its soya chicken rice, and so it did!

Hawker Chan Philippines has 5 branches across metro manila to date, and the opening of the BGC branch was graced by its founder Chef Chan Hong Meng. Hawker Chan's global popularity belies its humble beginnings. The restaurant was founded by Malaysian Chef Chan Hong Meng, the son of a farmer, who flew to Singapore in the 1980s and trained under a Hong Kong chef. It was under his mentor's guidance that he learned to prepare the now famous Singapore Soya Sauce Chicken and Noodle.

In 2009, Chan Hong Meng opened a small store at the Chinatown Complex, the largest open-air hawker center in Singapore, where he served soya sauce chicken rice - a dish that quickly caught the imagination of diners across Singapore. Through the years, Chan Hong Meng painstakingly refined his recipe, to the delight of diners who lined up hours on end at the stall. In July of 2016, Michelin's Singapore Guide debuted and among those recognized was Hawker Chan, making it the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world. Just this month, Liao Fan Hawker Chan at 78 Smith Street in Singapore was among the 50 restaurants included in the 2018 Bib Gourmand Awards, which recognizes eateries with menu items that cost no more than S$45, for their value for money.

During the opening of Hawker Chan BGC-Food District we were treated again with their tasty offerings. Served were Hawker Chan’s best sellers:

Soya Chicken – Hawker Chan’s best-selling dish and what made them popular. Me and my friends who have tried Hawker Chan (during the opening of their flagship store in the Philippines last year) have concluded that the dishes that were served to us at the opening of hawker Chan BGC, including this soya chicken, were way better than the ones served to us last year. Don’t get me wrong, I loved (100%) it then but tis time around it was really that good! Me and my friends were joking amongst ourselves that maybe it is because Chef Chan is the one who cooked our food this time. Foodee, the company that brought Hawker Chan to the Philippines, is also meeting the international standard of a 1.5kg minimum of their chickens, which you will notice, they use larger than usual chickens. The chicken was evidently fragrant with herbs with a slightly thicker-than-usual skin, with a small lining of fat (is it fat or just the skin? I don’t know for sure, but it was good) and a silky-smooth texture.

Combination Platter with Rice - this platter comes with Roasted Pork and Char Siew. The Char Siew was ok for me, but the Roasted Pork has got to be my favorite! I love how the skin was super crispy but not hard to eat unlike chicharon, but it had the same consistency as the latter. If you want to fully enjoy the flavors of the meats, pair with plain rice.

Combination Platter with Char Siew Noodles - comes with the same varieties of meat but this time with noodles on a bed of special sauce. I actually love this version more than with the rice (although I ordered the one with rice), and every one of my fellow foodies agreed with me on that. I like how stringy and chewy the noodles are, just how I imagined them to be. The noodles were super tasty compared to the last time I have tried it. In itself, the noodles are already super good even without the char siew sauce but combine it with the sauce and the meats it altogether a myriad of flavors and textures.

Seasonal Vegetables – stir fried leafy greens with Hawker Chan’s special sauce. This was super tasty and a great appetizer or side dish.

Thai Style Tofu - I love tofu and I can and would eat anytime for sure. I love that this tofu is just like how Filipinos would do their tofu, almost crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. The sauce is a savory sweet and sour one with a hint of spiciness which greatly appealed to me. This too was also super tasty compared to the last time I tried Hawker Chan.

Beverages – The last time I ate at Hawker Chan, they only offer the Roselle Tea and Sodas, but now they even have milk tea, which I find good. From left to right: HK Milk Tea, Houseblend Iced Tea, Roselle Tea and Calamansi Barley.

In my past visits at Hawker Chan, I always say that I hope that someday it’ll open a branch near where I live or work, and now the heavens has answered that prayer and I couldn’t be any happier! What makes this even more exciting is that these dishes are priced to be extremely pocket-friendly, especially for someone who has a set budget for daily work lunch. On the average, the price range per dish is only PHP 100 to 200!

The price points of every combination dish from Hawker Chan, I believe, are reasonably priced for the quality and taste. In Singapore, I heard basic prices starts at SG$ 4+ which is around PHP 150. But here starting prices are around PHP 120+; little difference, right? It’s definitely a bang for the buck.

Food District Signatures On 5th, Ground Floor,
One Bonifacio High Street Mall, 28th Street Cor.
5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
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For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile: 
Hawker Chan Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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