The MART Creative Hub, an industrial space in Portobello Harbour, was transformed for the much anticipated collaboration between Tiger Beer and the Singaporean Michelin star hawker chef Chan Hon Meng. Chef Chan’s street food stall in Singapore, Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle, was one of two street food stalls to receive a star in the Michelin Guide in 2016.
The #TigerStreetEats events were held in Sydney, Auckland, New York and Kuala Lumpur, and this was it’s first time in Europe. Having both been to Singapore many times in the past we were very excited for this event and the opportunity to try Michelin starred street food. Luckily we had seen the event advertised so we were online early on the day tickets went on sale to nab our seats for the early Friday evening sitting. Priced at €10 each, excellent value for 2 beers and 3 courses, they sold out for all days very quickly.
Industrial styling with neon lighting adorned the room, long and low trestle style tables with bright orange stools, a DJ and bar area, a funky and fun makeover. First up, we enjoyed a refreshing Tiger Beer while we waited for the food courses to start. Servers throughout were attentive with beers, directions and help when needed.
We started with a trio of dumplings from Triad Dumplings. Spinach dumpling with teriyaki shiitake, tofu & sriracha sayce, Beetroot dumpling with napa cabbage, pork & chinese vinegar and Carrot dumpling with fresh mango chicken & soya sauce. All were wonderful, I couldn’t even pick a favourite.
The small kitchen was located in a tent to the front of the building. Chef Chan and his team busily prepped and cooked our main course of Soya Sauce Chicken & Thai Rice. The braised soya sauce chicken is quite different to how we would normally serve chicken with the bone through it. The flavours were sublime, sweet, salty, sticky and delicious. It was served with the simplest of garnishes, sliced cucumber and Thai rice.
Dessert was a Tiger Beer ice pop with pineapple and chilli, although we skipped that as we were enjoying our beers.
Chef Chan Hon Meng came out at the end of the session, to say a few words, with his translator. And I took my chance for a photograph with him too. Through the evening, a live art battle took place with artists creating unique art using Air-Ink (created from air pollution). I found out afterwards that I had won one of the pictures, so I’m looking forward to receiving that!
The verdict – a super evening and experience. The music was a touch too loud, and the two portaloos weren’t ideal, but aside from those two very small things, it was perfect. A little flavour of Singapore in Dublin for a few hours.
If you’re in Singapore make sure you pay a visit to Chef Chan.