Michelin Stars have long been synonymous with fine dining restaurants, but recently this stereotype has been turned on its head.
A Singaporean food stall was awarded its first Michelin star late last month and the world is overjoyed.
Finally the guide is recognising that quality food can also come from more accessible establishments that boast less astronomical prices.
When Michelin announced it was going to launch a dining guide in Singapore, people were curious as to how it would recognise its famous hawker market - a hall dedicated to hole-in-the-wall food stalls that specialise in a handful of dishes.
The news that Chan Hong Meng’s hawker stand, Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle had been given a Michelin star came as a big surprise to many, especially Meng.
When Meng was contacted by a representative and invited to attend the Michelin Guide Singapore Gala Dinner, he thought it was a joke.
“Why would Michelin come to my stall?” the humble chef asked the Michelin representative. “Can a hawker even be nominated?”
“We only judge based on the food, not the venue,” the representative said.
Having left school at 15 to dedicate his life to being a chef, the Malaysian-born foodie has spent 35 years perfecting his chicken and noodle dish, which he learnt to make from a Hong Kong chef and is now his speciality.
“I have a special interest and sensitivity when it comes to food and a keen understanding,” Meng says in the video above.
It’s not uncommon to see long queues form outside his cramped kitchen, even before it has opened to the public.
The heart-warming video above follows the unsuspecting chef from the moment he finds out he’s nominated for one star to taking the stage at the 2016 Award Ceremony.
If his story isn't inspiring enough, it was business as usual for Meng the next day, who was back cooking at his stall.