This Wednesday: the world’s first Michelin star street food trader is coming to London and we’ll be hosting him at our King’s Cross market

In collaboration with Singapore Airlines and Singapore Tourism Board, Hawker Chan (Chan Hong Men) will be flying in from Singapore  to serve up his signature “Soya Sauce Chicken Rice” box for three days straight. (Wed-Fri 11.30-2.30pm, 14-16th March).

There’ll only be 200 portions a day so make sure you get down there early. It’s also the cheapest Michelin Star lunch you’ll find in London and will be just £6 a box. The burning question – will it be better than a Bian Dang Taiwanese Beast Box or Makatcha Malaysian rendang? We’ll let you be the judge. There will also be a competition to win a trip to visit Hawker Chan’s original spot in Singapore courtesy of Singapore Airlines.

We’ve made this one a KERB family affair – assembling a crack squad / supergroup of our traders (they couldn’t be keener) to be part of the story: Guy from Poke on design and brand; Hanna from Kimchinary working on all food and kitchen operations; Sheng High’s (five-tongue-Felix) front of house as translator; and Joel from Oh My Dog’s has lent his Southbank shipping container – which Fundi’s Charlie has re-decorated into an authentic Hawker style working kitchen. See sketch below.

Based in Singapore (the land of the original street food hawkers), Hawker Chan became the first street food trader in 2016 to achieve a Michelin star. Growing up on a farm and helping his parents with the cooking he left school at 15 to follow his dream of becoming a chef. Watch his story below.

“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. ” (Hawker Chan)

Founder Petra Barran launched KERB 5 years ago in King’s Cross to bring together a collective of traders, creating a platform to help  “legitimise” and promote street food talent across the city.

Ian Dodds, Head of KERB Markets:  “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.” 

Full KERB King’s Cross line up here. Or eat from any of our other 5 lunch markets.