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Singaporeans may well be enjoying a chuckle as they tuck into their regular weekend fare of mee pok, char kway teow, nasi lemak or roti prata this morning. The bemusement arises from the elevation of unfussy street food to the tony heights of culinary excellence, with the recent introduction of the Michelin guide to Singapore food. Nineteen hawker stalls made it to the list, two of which aced a prestigious Michelin star. The incorporation of hawker fare is a positive thing because the Michelin guide is to food what the Oscars are to Hollywood. As Michelin's first Asean culinary map, the guide formalises what Singaporeans have known all along - and which more foreigners are likelier to now - about the variegated menu of tasty food on offer here.

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