On 14 July, the Michelin Guide Singapore released a list of 34 eateries that were awarded the Bib Gourmand, which quickly became a hot button topic with discussions on what other hawker stalls deserved to be on the list.
The real story here, however, is that Singapore is finally getting its own Michelin Guide! The Bib Gourmand was announced a few days before the full guidebook launch, which is currently slated to be released on 21 July. Singapore is the first Southeast Asian country, and only the fourth Asian territory (after Japan, Hong Kong and Macau) to be rated by the Michelin Guide.
The Bib Gourmand is named after Bibendum, better known to the public as the Michelin Man, the mascot of the Michelin Group. Eateries that are awarded the Bib Gourmand, therefore, are marked by an image of Bibendum licking his lips instead of the more well-known Michelin stars.
To qualify for the Bib Gourmand, the eatery must serve good cuisine at reasonable prices, meaning a three-course meal with starter, main course and dessert, for $45 or less. In comparison, the price range is pegged at €36 in most European cities, US$40 in American cities, HK300 in Hong Kong and ¥5,000 in Tokyo.
Singapore’s Bib Gourmand awardees represent over 19 cuisine types, testament to the range and diversity of Singapore’s food scene. From chicken rice to curry puffs, here are the Singapore Bib Gourmand awardees:
Graphic by Michelin Guide Singapore
What do you think of the list? How many of them have you tried, and how many are you planning on trying while in Singapore? Don’t forget to check out our Singapore Food Series articles for more recommendations of our favourites!