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The 50 Cheapest Michelin Star Meals Around The World [INFOGRAPHIC]

When you think of Michelin Star restaurants, there’s usually two polar opposites that come to mind. One is the fancy, French Laundry-esque establishment that’ll set you back a few hundred bucks. The other is the heartwarming story of somebody like Chan Hon Meng, whose simple version of chicken and rice in the streets of Singapore was good enough to earn the prestigious culinary title.

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Chan Hon Meng’s story is also proof that you don’t need to have a ton of cash to burn to get a plate of some of the best food in the world. To back that up, Traveloka just came out with a report that showcases the 50 cheapest Michelin star meals from across the globe. They took into account price changes when calculating the total cost, so everything below is in US Dollars and uses exchange rates to make the data as accurate as possible to August 2018.

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Turns out the Chan Ho Meng’s spot is the cheapest place to get Michelin-star food in the world, although the famous dim sum from Tim Ho Wan is not too far behind. Interestingly, while Michelin meals tend to come with a hefty price tag here in the US, one spot did crack the top 10: Al’s Place, in San Francisco, where you can get a meal for $18.

Still, the price gap from the cheapest to most expensive on just this list alone shows how wide spread the cost of a Michelin-starred dinner can be. Whether you’ve got $2.20 or $109.50 to shell out on a meal, there’s no reason you can’t get some of the best from around the world.

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World’s First Michelin-Starred Ramen Is Coming To Singapore

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A tiny nine-seater noodle shop in Tokyo, Japan made international headlines in December 2015 after earning a star from the highly respected Michelin Guide. Next month, Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta, the first and only Michelin-starred ramen eatery in the world, will open its first branch in Singapore.

Tsuta Singapore is aiming to duplicate the success of the original store in Tokyo which sees a long queue of customers hours before it opens. Tickets are sold to patrons as early as 6 a.m. which are then quickly sold out by 8 a.m., three hours before the 11 a.m. opening.

A variety of soup bases are available to choose from: shoyu soba which features a soy broth; shio soba, which has a salty broth made from Okinawan sea salt; and miso.

Founded by ramen master Yuki Onishi, the Soba Noodles Tsuta noodle shop is home to meals prepared with freshly-made noodles and carefully selected ingredients. He is set to oversee the Singapore branch to ensure that similar standards are maintained, reports the Straits Times.

According to Michelin Singapore, the proposal to expand the business in Singapore began with one stranger’s message on Facebook. It read: “We would love to tell the world about your ramen. Have you ever thought about opening a restaurant outside of Japan…in Singapore?”

Chef Onishi recalled what piqued his interest, “I had never particularly thought of expanding abroad, but what distinguished the Singapore partner was simply the fact that he came, got in line, and actually ate my food. The other people who said they were interested in Tsuta didn’t do that.”

The partner from Singapore turned out to be from the same firm that partnered with the one-Michelin-starred Hong Kong dim sum chain Tim Ho Wan.

The new Soba Noodles Tsuta, which is set to house 18 seats, will be situated at the Pacific Plaza, at the heart of Singapore’s shopping district.

Written by Ryan General | NextShark