Famed Michelin Bib Gourmand Shi Hui Yuan closes 3 outlets, with only original outlet at Queenstown left
Shi Hui Yuan has crowned itself as “Singapore’s original hor fun“. Their relatively recent successes have led to the expansion of 3 other outlets at different locations, but unfortunately, all 3 have closed recently.
However, they still have their original outlet at Mei Ling Market & Food Centre.
This history of Shi Hui Yuan started in 1969 and since then, they’ve achieved a Michelin Bib Gourmand for 5 consecutive years from 2016 to 2021.
Shi Hui Yuan is famed for its herbaceous traditional hor fun with a collagen-packed braised sauce. Ever since their humble start, they’ve garnered a loyal cult of fans that will diligently queue up for a plate of Singaporean-style hor fun.
The famed store had its highs in the recent years with the expansion of several outlets, which range from the newly-opened Senja Hawker Centre and the oldest hawker centre, Lau Pa Sat. However, they’ve recently removed the location listings on their website, with their only their original outlet at Queenstown left.
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It came as shocking news when one patron left a Google review stating that their flagship store at Lau Pa Sat was “closing down soon”. Perhaps they might have wanted stronger traction at its original outlet?
Considering how we recognised them as one of the “best stalls” at Senja Hawker Centre, it takes me by surprise that they only opened for less than 3 months at that location.
Furthermore, their offerings are remarkably different from other hor fun stalls, as they incorporate over 30 herbs with some notable Chinese ones like dang shen, yang shen xu and luo han guo. Some might even say that food is medicine for the soul!
The braised sauce has been continuously stewed with pork bones, resulting in an addictive flavour that leaves people wanting more. My favourite part of this dish is the mushrooms though, as they’re braised to a moist and tender texture that bursts with flavour once bitten into.
With several closures happening since the beginning of Apr 2023, I’m glad to say that at least the Queenstown outlet still remains. I am sure majority of us would go on a riot if Shi Hui Yuan were to close permanently; they’re one of the famed hawker heritages that we love so dearly.
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