Seventeen moderately-priced eateries in Hong Kong have won recognition for the first time from Michelin, the prestigious international hotel and restaurant reference guide.
On Monday, Michelin unveiled its latest compilation of Bib Gourmands in Hong Kong and Macau, which showed a total of 82 outlets on the awardees list in the two cities — 73 in Hong Kong and 9 in Macau.
Among the Hong Kong addresses, 17 were first-time awardees, according to a statement from Michelin.
A Bib Gourmand award is handed out to restaurants that offer a quality three-course set menu at not more than HK$400 per head.
Among the new Hong Kong entrants on the list, eight specialize in Cantonese food.
The names include Glorious Cuisine in Sham Shui Po, Ju Xing Home in Mong Kok, Kwan Kee Claypot Rice in Sai Ying Pun and Sheung Hei Claypot Rice in Sai Wan.
Meanwhile, Wan Chai’s Trusty Congee King became the first Cantonese-style congee eatery that has ever been recommended on the list, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
A regular customer of the Wan Chai congee joint said the outlet deserves the honor and that he is happy for the recognition it received.
However, he said he fears the restaurant may hike its prices now following the Michelin honor.
Trusty Gourmet’s owner, meanwhile, said he was both surprised and happy to know that his outlet has made the list for the first time.
Asked if he would be concerned about the so-called “curse of Michelin”, which refers to sharp rent increases following the Michelin honor, as seen in several cases before, he said he doesn’t have such worries for the moment.
According to the owner, the restaurant’s current lease runs for more than a year from now.
Among other new additions to the Bib Gourmand list in Hong Kong is the Thai noodle shop Samsen in Wan Chai, with Michelin praising it for offering genuine Thai flavor.
Qing Zuo, a Taiwanese food restaurant in Sai Wan, was another name on Michelin’s latest list that highlights outlets that offer exceptionally good food at moderate prices.
After learning of the Michelin recommendation, its owner said: “I would be lying if I say I am not touched by the honor.”
Following the Bib Gourmand list, the full Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau 2018 is set to be unveiled at the end of November.
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