SINGAPORE - Hawker Chan Hong Meng of one-Michelin-starred Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle opened his new restaurant at 78, Smith Street on Friday (Nov 11) morning.
The restaurant will open to the public on Nov 18.
A crowd had gathered to witness the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which was accompanied by the clangour of a lion dance troupe.
The ribbon was cut by Mr Chan, his wife Irene Quek and Hersing Culinary's Harry Chua. Hersing Culinary is Chef Chan's partner in the new quick-service eatery, which cost $1 million to set up.
Chef Chan, 51, says in Mandarin: "I'm very satisfied with everything so far. The biggest challenge has been to make sure the food is consistent and that the standard is good. All the food is made in house and prepared fresh for diners."
Hawker Chan, a 2,000 sq ft, air-conditioned restaurant, can seat 80 diners and will serve the same soya sauce chicken rice and noodle dishes that earned Chef Chan's stall in Chinatown Food Centre a Michelin star when the Singapore Michelin Guide launched in July.
Mr Chan approached three food and beverage companies to discuss expanding his business. His eventual partner, Mr Harry Chua, is the chairman of Hersing Culinary. The latter owns the franchising rights to Hong Kong's Michelin-starred dim-sum chain Tim Ho Wan in the Asia-Pacific region.
There are plans to expand the business globally.