The Michelin Guide, famed for awarding stars to restaurants as a mark of quality, has dropped the list of Bib Gourmand awardees with 17 new eateries this year. Bib Gourmand is a category that awards restaurants and hawkers that serve top-notch food at wallet-friendly prices and has remained one of the most anticipated reveals in Singapore’s food scene since the  Guide’s launch here in 2016.

Totalling 50 different establishments, this edition of the Bib Gourmand list spotlights hawkers, with 15 of the first-time entrants being of that class. Most of these vendors are icons in their respective neighbourhoods, like Chai Chuan Tou Yang Rou Tang, a mutton broth seller in Bukit Merah View Hawker Centre that has ardent fans queuing around the dining compound to get a piping hot bowl every day.

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Chai Chuan Tou Yang Rou Tang (Photo: Michelin Guide Singapore)

Another popular newcomer is the Outram Park Fried Kway Teow in Hong Lim Market & Food Centre. People working in the Chinatown area will immediately recognise the name and bustling stall, which serves char kway teow charged with wok hei to hungry office hordes round the week.

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Tai Wah Pork Noodle (Photo: Michelin Guide Singapore)

Tai Wah Pork Noodle’s Hong Lim Market outlet has also received a place on the list, after two years of its Hill Street competitor taking centre stage with its one Michelin star.

Muthu’s Curry (Photo: Muthu’s Curry)

While classic Singaporean street food favourites are extensively spotlighted, the fledgeling Bib Gourmand eateries also come from many other cuisines to reflect our local culinary diversity. The flagship Muthu’s Curry on Race Course Road is an iconic Indian restaurant that received a much-deserved nod, and over on Amoy Street, The Coconut Club, a modern nasi lemak diner, now owns a place in the Guide as well.

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Chendol at The Coconut Club. (Photo: Coconut Club)

Loyalists to certain joints may not be too happy to find that their beloved haunts have fallen off the Bib Gourmand compendium (or celebrate, because this means fewer queues!). Some of these include 328 Katong Laksa, Hjh Maimunah, JB Ah Meng, Wedang, Peony Jade at Keppel Club, and Tsuta Ramen.

For the full list, see below (* marks the fresh entrees).

  1. A Noodle Story, Amoy Street Food Centre
  2. Alliance Seafood, Newton Food Centre
  3. Ah Er Soup, ABC Brickworks Food Centre
  4. Balestier Road Hoover Rojak, Whampoa Makan Place
  5. Bar-Roque Grill, Tanjong Pagar
  6. Bismillah Biryani, Dunlop Street
  7. Chai Chuan Tou Yang Rou Tang, Bukit Merah View Food Centre*
  8. Chey Sua Carrot Cake, Toa Payoh Lorong 1
  9. Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck, Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre*
  10. Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa, Alexandra Village Food Centre
  11. Eminent Frog Porridge & Seafood, Geylang Road Lorong 19*
  12. Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa, Hong Lim Market & Food Centre
  13. Fresh Taste Big Prawn Noodle, Zion Riverside Food Centre*
  14. Heng, Newton Food Centre*
  15. Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee, Tiong Bahru Market
  16. Hong Kee Beef Noodle, Amoy Street Food Centre
  17. Hong Kong Yummy Soup, Alexandra Village Food Centre*
  18. Hoo Kee Bak Chang, Bukit Merah
  19. J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff, Amoy Street Food Centre
  20. Ka-Soh, Outram Park
  21. Kok Sen Restaurant, Keong Saik Road
  22. Lagnaa, Little India
  23. Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow, Old Airport Road Food Centre*
  24. Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice, Chinatown Complex*
  25. Liao Fan Hawker Chan, 78 Smith Street
  26. Man Man, Tanjong Pagar
  27. Muthu’s Curry, Little India
  28. Na Na Homemade Curry, Bukit Merah
  29. New Lucky Claypot Rice, Holland Drive Market & Food Centre
  30. New Ubin Seafood, Bukit Batok
  31. Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee, Hong Lim Market & Food Centre*
  32. Rolina Traditional Hainanese Curry Puff, Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre*
  33. Shi Hui Yuan, Queenstown
  34. Shi Wei Da, Fengshan Market and Food Centre*
  35. Sik Bao Sin: Desmond’s Creation, Geylang Road*
  36. Sin Huat Eating House
  37. Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice, Holland Drive*
  38. Song Fa Bak Kut Teh, New Bridge Road
  39. Tai Wah Pork Noodle, Hong Lim Market & Food Centre*
  40. The Blue Ginger, Tanjong Pagar
  41. The Coconut Club, Amoy Street*
  42. Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, Maxwell Food Centre
  43. Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice, Tiong Bahru Food Centre*
  44. Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee (ABC Brickworks Food Centre)
  45. Shirokane Tori-tama, Robertson Walk
  46. True Blue Cuisine, Armenian Street
  47. Whole Earth, Peck Seah Street
  48. Yhingthai Palace, Purvis Street
  49. Zaffron Kitchen, East Coast
  50. Zai Shun Curry Fish Head, Jurong East

The Michelin Guide 2018 Singapore will be announced 25 July. 

(Featured image credit: Michelin Guide Singapore)

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.