It looks like a stunt and it probably is a stunt but who’s complaining?
Hawker Chan, “the world’s first Michelin-starred street food stall,” is coming from Singapore to London, to do a three-day pop-up with the Kerb street food collective at their location in Granary Square, King’s Cross later this week.
Hawker Chan’s Hong Men will pop up at the north London Kerb site, where they will serve their signature soya sauce chicken rice box for three days, between Wednesday 14 and Friday 16 March, midday to 2pm.
There will be only 200 portions of the £6 boxes served each day so expect queues around the block — which will be just the sort of hype-generating stunt the pop-up’s sponsors, Singapore Airlines and the tourism body, will oversee with delight.
Hawker Chan was awarded its Michelin star in the Guide’s 2016 Singapore edition and the chef is already on message: “My dream is to see more Singaporean cuisine and more of the undiscovered local hawker talent enjoyed on an international stage. Whether you’re a restaurant chef or a street market hawker — with food you can never stop learning.”
Kerb’s director of markets and communications, Ian Dodds said: “It’s an honour to host the world’s first Michelin star street food trader at King’s Cross. We also hope this builds a wider conversation about the growing quality of street food in London — as it becomes more and more a part of life throughout the city we see no reason why one or two in London’s swelling hawker ranks couldn’t receive the same accolade.”
Hawker Chan at Kerb, Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA; 14-16 March 2018 1200h-1400h