Hawker Chan is the new kid on the block in Melbourne, it only opened in December 2017. However, it's not a new kid on the block in Singapore. Hawker Chan has been serving street food in Singapore's China Town for over 20 years. Hawker Chan's food is Michelin starred in Singapore. It joins only one other street food restaurant in Melbourne called Tim Ho Wan (the Hong Kongnese pork bun, and dumpling king) that is also Michelin starred.
Hawker Chan is famous for his Hong Kong style soya chicken. But also specialises in pork ribs, and roast pork. The menu is simple and delicious.
I note that the other specialities included wonton soup, seasonal vegetables, pork ribs or roast pork which can all be ordered with rice or noodles. All looked delicious. I kept looking over at other person's meals with envy. I'll definitely be back. Its affordability makes it a winner.
I went on a weekday around 11:30 am, and even then the queue from the counter streamed almost all the way towards the entrance.
Hawker Chan has a very efficient system. You get a number of your order, and your number will flash up on the screen when it's being made, and then on the big screen when it's ready to be picked up. It is no frills fabulousness.
Near the counter where you pick up your meal is the place to grab your chopsticks or fork and spoon, and any additional sauces that you require. It feels like a stall in Chinatown in Singapore. The seating is to be shared by people who don't know each other, and the attendants very quickly pick up your plate and cutlery once you are finished. Places like this are built on volume, so a quick turnover of customers is necessary.
Hawker Chan Counter and Pick-up Lonsdale Street Melbourne
Melbourne actually has 3 restaurants whose original branches in Asia were awarded Michelin stars:
HAWKER CHAN (from Singapore)
DIN TAI FUNG (in Melbourne Emporium, from Taiwan)
TIM HO WAN (from Hong Kong)