Egg waffles and cart noodles get street cred: Hong Kong and Macau street food joins Michelin guide for the first time

To complement the guide to fine dining in Hong Kong and Macau, here are Michelin's local stars of the street

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 November, 2015, 4:00pm
UPDATED : Monday, 09 November, 2015, 5:47pm

Roll over fancy restaurants - Hong Kong's delicious street food is getting its place in the Michelin Guide, with 23 street outlets listed in the latest edition.

The list, compiled by Hong Kong-based Chinese inspectors, includes such places as Kai Kai in Jordan, known for its sweet soups, like glutinous rice dumplings in ginger soup, and Lee Keung Kee in North Point, famous for its egg waffles.

There's also some ethnic variety, with Thai and Indonesian food, as well as Kelly's Cape Bop on Johnston Road offering Korean fried chicken and tteobokki or spicy soft rice cake, and all kinds of baked potatoes at Three Potatoes.

"There are thousands of street food vendors in Hong Kong and over time we noticed where we found particularly good food and put them on our list," explained Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin Guide.

"Street food is a part of many countries' culture, especially in Asia, and we found that as time goes on, street food gets better and better. Street vendors are actually opening shops, places where you know where to go," he said.

However, there was one surprise on the street food list - American burger joint Butchers Club, which sells hamburgers starting at HK$100.

"To me it's like a hastily assembled list. Butcher's Club - only gweilos know that place," said 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 visit, they are not really relevant."

However, food writer Chan Chun-wai thought the new list was a way to improve the guide.

"It paves the way for other Asian countries like Singapore and Malaysia to spread the word about their local specialities. Maybe with time they can adjust the list," he said.

The latest Michelin Guide includes one new three-star restaurant - T'ang Court at The Langham Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui.

See Bernice Chan talk to the Michelin Guide's Michael Ellis as he tucks into some local delicacies

There were 14 two-star Michelin restaurants this year, with two new entries for Hong Kong - Ah Yat or Yeung Koon-yat's Forum in Causeway Bay and Ming Court at the Cordis Hotel, formerly Langham Place in Mong Kok.

Of the 51 one-star Michelin restaurants, six new ones were included. They include Philippe Orrico's new restaurant On located on On Lan Street in Central, Ta Vie helmed by Japanese chef and owner Hideaki Sato, and Serge et le Phoque in Wan Chai.

"It's so exciting!" exclaimed Serge et le Phoque co-owner Charles Pelletier. "We didn't expect this at all. We got a call around 12.30pm telling us to come because we got a star."

Hong Kong outlets

Block 18 Doggie’s Noodle

27A Ning Po Street, Jordan, tel: 9360 6644

Fried pork fat noodles

Butchers Club

2 Landale Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2552 8281

Burgers and duck fat fries

Canaan Thai Snack

72 Java Road, North Point

Thai rice noodles and snacks

Cheung Hing Kee

13 Chuen Lung Street, Tsuen Wan, tel: 6109 5735

Shanghainese pork buns, rice vermicelli soup

Chin Sik

49 Shiu Wo Street, Tsuen Wan, tel: 2492 2831

Cart noodles

Fat Boy

3 Hau Fook Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 6255 3872

Octopus and duck’s stomach marinated in soy sauce

Hop Yik Tai

121 Lam Street, Sham Shui Po, tel: 2720 0239

Rice rolls, fish balls, braised radish

Joyful Dessert House

74 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok, tel: 2856 1886

Western desserts, pineapple sherbet, mango Napoleon

Kai Kai

121-123 Parkes Street, Jordan, tel: 2384 3862

Glutinous rice dumpings in ginger sweet soup, stewed papaya with rock sugar

Kei Tsui

135 Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, tel: 2394 1727

Cantonese puddings and pastries, walnut cookies

Kelly’s Cape Bop

57 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2529 9984

Korean fried chicken, tteokbokki, kimbap

Keung Kee

382 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2572 5207

Glutinous rice with Chinese sausage, rice rolls, sweet soup

Kung Wo Tofu

118 Pei Ho Street, Sham Shui Po, tel: 2386 6871

Tofu pudding, pan-fried tofu snacks, home-made soy milk

Kwan Kee Store

115-117 Fuk Wa Street, Sham Shui Po, tel: 2360 0328

Chinese rice pudding, black sesame rolls

Lan Ying

92-84 Fuk Lo Tsun Road, Kowloon City, tel: 2382 8133

Satay, nasi goreng

Lei Keung Kee

492 King’s Road, North Point, tel: 2590 9726

Egg waffles

Mak Kee

21-23 Fort Street, North Point, tel: 2887 7851

Pan-fried dumplings, xiaolongbao, fish balls

Mammy Pancake

8-12 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Egg waffles

Soupreme

20 Beech Street, Tai Kok Tsui, tel: 3565 0115

Cantonese double-boiled soups

Three Potatoes

Shop 5, 6/F, 30-32A Nullah Road, Mong Kok, tel: 6432 0118/9852 1600

Baked potatoes, French fries, potato hash

Wah Yuan

G/F, 38 Shung Ling Street, San Po Kong, tel: 2322 3130

Cantonese sweet soup

Wing On

24 Tai Ho Road, Tsuen Wan

Cart noodles, chicken wing tips

Ying Kee

G/F, 10 Hong Keung Street, San Po Kong, tel: 2323 9519

Wonton noodles

Macau outlets

Aboong

129 Rua dos Mercadores, Macau

Chong Shing

11 Rua de Tome Pires, Macau

Dai Gwan

1 Rua do Monte, Macau

Fong Kei

14 Rua do Cunha, Taipa

Lei Ka Choi

Shop E-G028 Broadway Macau, Cotai

Lemon Cello

Trav. Se 11r/c, Macau

Lord Stow’s Bakery

1 Rua do Tassara, Coloane

Mok Yee Kei

9 Rua do Cunha, Taipa

Neng Meng Wang

Lai Hou Garden, Rua Coelho do Amaral, Macau

Sun Ying Kei

2B Rua da Alegria do Patane, Macau

Ving Kei

47 Rua da Tercena, Macau

Yi Shun

60 Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Macau