The fondest wish of many restaurant owners and chefs the world over is to be recommended by the prestigious Michelin Guide.
But the much-sought-after distinction might also spell bad luck for the recipient, as one Shanghai-style pork bun chain has found out after it was recommended last month by the century-old international reference book on good eating.
The pan-fried soup dumpling made by Cheung Hing Kee (祥興記), which runs four stores in the city, was one of the 23 most-recommended local street foods in the 2016 Michelin Guide to Hong Kong published on Nov 5.
But the jubilation that came with the honor was soon followed by much distress: two of its stores were forced to relocate while one outlet was burglarized, Apple Daily reported on Tuesday.
On Dec. 8, the chain’s store in Tsuen Wan put up a notice that it could not afford the new rent and has decided to relocate to Tsim Sha Tsui, a situation similar to what happened to Kai Kai Dessert, which was also forced to move out of its store in Jordan after it was recommended by Michelin Guide.
According to the notice, Dec. 27 will be the last day of business at its current outlet and a new store will open in Tsim Sha Tsui next month.
It suggests customers go to its stores in Tseung Kwan O and To Kwa Wan instead, adding that it might reopen another one in Tsuen Wan should a suitable location be found.
And as they say, misfortune does not come alone. A thief broke into its store in Yuen Long early Monday, carting away HK$1,200 in cash.
A store manager told police she found the cash register had been forced open when she came in for work at about 8 a.m.
The store also had put up a notice to customers on Dec. 8, saying it will close business on Jan. 2 when its lease expires, and relocate to Tsim Sha Tsui.
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