2016 Michelin [Hong Kong / Macau] rankings are out

T’ang Court (Langham Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui) is the only new Hong Kong restaurant to make it into the coveted three-star Michelin status, serving Cantonese cuisine from the Tang Dynasty.

In the eighth edition of the guide, there are eight restaurants that have three Michelin stars, including previous winners Bo Innovation, 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Sushi Shikon, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, and Lung King Heen.

A new addition to the guide this year is a list of 23 street food places in Hong Kong. They include such places as Kai Kai in Jordan, known for its sweet soups like glutinous rice dumplings in ginger soup and Lei Keung Kee in North Point, famous for its egg waffles.

However according to SCMP the local newspaper, HK food writer Chan Chun-wai thinks this new list is a way of improving the guide. “It paves the way for other Asian countries like Singapore, Malaysia to spread the word about their local specialities. Maybe with time they can adjust the list.”

Chan admits there were many outlets on the list he didn’t recognise, but enjoys frequenting such places as Kai Kai, Kwan Kee Store and Mammy Pancake.

“To me it’s like a hastily assembled list. Butcher’s Club – only gweilos know that place,” says local food blogger Gary Suen. “The other places on the list – not many locals even know these places. If the Michelin guide is making this list for out-of-towners to go visit, they are not really relevant.”

Read the whole article in SCMP.

The whole list here.

Local bloggers and Michelin most likely write for different audiences, both of which include gwei-lo.

I had not realised The Principal had closed - it was great. Never a fan of Serge though, and interested to see Caprice languishing in the 2 star category.

I always found the HK list to be a bit idiosyncratic regarding the number of stars, but generally think that is is a least a list of good decent places - in other words you won’t eat badly at any of the restaurants…although there maybe some not listed that are just as good.

So, Ming Court is back to 2 stars.

And I have to say, same as past years, maybe I am a traditionalist, I am a lot more drawn to places on the Bib Gourmand list vs the starred list. I just think they reflect the local taste and culture better. Not that the starred places aren’t great, they are. But they are a bit removed from the ‘true Hong Kong’.

I have not been to Tsim Chai Kee for 3 years. But I am rather surprised that they are a Bib Gourmand when Mak’s across the street is not. Unless they have improved significantly, Tsim Chai Kee wasn’t anywhere near the level of Mak’s.

The list of Bib Gourmand this year:

Ah Chun Shandong Dumpling 阿純山東餃子Dumplings
Ancient Moon N 古月 Singaporian and Malaysian
Ba Yi N 巴依Xinjiang
Bombay Dreams Indian
Café Hunan (Western District) 書湘門第 (西環) Hunanese
Chan Kan Kee Chiu Chow
(Sheung Wan) 陳勤記鹵鵝飯店 (上環) Chiu Chow
Chili Club 辣椒會 Thai
Chuen Cheung Kui (Mong Kok) 泉章居 (旺角) Hakkanese
Congee and Noodle Shop 粥麵館Noodles and Congee
Din Tai Fung (Causeway Bay) 鼎泰豐 (銅鑼灣) Shanghainese
Din Tai Fung (Tsim Sha Tsui) 鼎泰豐 (尖沙咀) Shanghainese
Dragon Inn 容龍Seafood
Fu Sing (Causeway Bay) 富聲 (銅鑼灣) Cantonese
Fu Sing (Wan Chai) 富聲 (灣仔) Cantonese
Fung Lum 楓林小館 Cantonese
Fung Shing (Mong Kok) 鳳城 (旺角) Cantonese
Gainmore Cuisine 桂寶雞窩米線 Hotpot
Good Hope Noodle (Fa Yuen
Street) 好旺角麵家 (花園街) Noodles and Congee
Ho To Tai 好到底Noodles
Joi Hing 再興Cantonese Roast Meats
Kau Kee 九記Noodles
King’s Garden 東來居Hotpot
Kung Tak Lam (Causeway Bay) 功德林 (銅鑼灣) Vegetarian
Kwan Kee Bamboo Noodles
(Cheung Sha Wan) 坤記竹昇麵 (長沙灣) Noodles
Lan Yuen Chee Koon 蘭苑饎館 Cantonese
Lau Sum Kee (Fuk Wing Street) 劉森記麵家 (福榮街) Noodles and Congee
Lin Heung Kui 蓮香居 Cantonese
Lucky Indonesia 好運印尼餐廳 Indonesian
Mask of Sichuen & Beijing 面譜京川料理 Sichuan
May’s Sawaddee Thailand 旺泰特食 Thai
Megan’s Kitchen 美味廚 Cantonese
Namo N Thai
Nanxiang Steamed Bun
(Causeway Bay) 南翔饅頭店 (銅鑼灣) Shanghainese
New Shanghai 新滬坊Shanghainese
Nishiki 錦 Japanese
Po Kee 波記Cantonese Roast Meats
Putien (Causeway Bay)
Qĭao Cuisine N 巧饍坊 Chinese
Ramen Jo (Causeway Bay) 拉麵Jo (銅鑼灣) Ramen
Restoran Indonesia 1968 印尼餐廳1968 Indonesian
Sabah (Wan Chai) 莎巴 (灣仔) Malaysian
Sang Kee 生記Cantonese
Ser Wong Fun 蛇王芬 Cantonese
She Wong Yee 蛇王二 Cantonese
Shek Kee Kitchen 石記廚房 Cantonese
Shiba N Japanese
Shugetsu Ramen (Central) 麵鮮醬油房周月(中環) Ramen
Shugetsu Ramen (Quarry Bay) 麵鮮醬油房周月(鰂魚涌) Ramen
Sister Wah (Tin Hau) 華姐清湯腩 (天后) Noodles
Siu Shun Village Cuisine
(Kowloon Bay)
(九龍灣) Shun Tak
Snow Garden 雪園 Shanghainese
Sun Yuen Hing Kee 新園興記 Cantonese Roast Meats
Tai Wing Wah 大榮華 Cantonese
Tai Woo (Causeway Bay) 太湖海鮮城 (銅鑼灣) Cantonese
Takeya 竹家 Japanese
Tasty (IFC)
(國際金融中心) Noodles and Congee
Thai Chiu (Sham Shui Po) 泰潮 (深水埗) Thai
Tim Ho Wan (Tai Kwok Tsui) 添好運 (大角咀) Dim Sum
Tsim Chai Kee (Wellington
Street) 沾仔記 (威靈頓街) Noodles
Tulsi (North Point) 羅勒 (北角) Indian
Wang Fu (Central) 王府 (中環) Dumplings
Wing Lai Yuen 詠藜園 Chinese
Wing Wah N 永華雲吞麵家 Noodles
Wonton Master 灑家 Noodles and Congee
Yau Yuen Siu Tsui 有緣小敍 Shaanxi
Yue Kee 裕記 Cantonese
Yun Yan 雲陽 Sichuan

Also, the list of Street Food:

Block 18 Doggie’s Noodle 十八座 狗仔粉
Butchers Club
Canaan Thai Snack 迦南泰國小食
Cheung Hing Kee (Tsuen Wan) 祥興記 (荃灣)
Chin Sik 千色車仔麵
Fat Boy 第三代肥仔
Hop Yik Tai 合益泰小食
Joyful Dessert House
Kai Kai 佳佳甜品
Kei Tsui 奇趣餅家
Kelly’s Cope Bop
Keung Kee 強記
Kung Wo Tofu 公和荳品廠
Kwan Kee Store 坤記糕品
Lan Ying 蘭英印尼小食
Lei Keung Kee (North Point) 利強記 (利強記)
Mak Kee 麥記美食
Mammy Pancake 媽咪雞蛋仔
Soupreme 湯品小棧
Three Potatoes 叁薯
Wah Yuan 華園甜品
Wing On 榮安小食
Ying Kee 英記美點小食

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