Features 2 minutes 18 January 2021

The New Hong Kong Macau 2021 Bib Gourmand Selection - What MICHELIN Inspectors Said

Here’s what most impressed the MICHELIN inspectors in Hong Kong and Macau from this year’s 7 new Bib Gourmands.

Bib Gourmand Inspectors Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2021

Ahead of the official revelation of MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2021 on January 27, 2021, MICHELIN today unveiled the 2021 Bib Gourmand selection, which features a total of 63 eateries, including 7 new additions in Hong Kong.

The new entrants include two restaurants specialising in Shun Tuk cuisine, three local noodle eateries, and two establishments that offer casual fare from Thailand and Taiwan.

Here are some excerpts of what our inspectors have to say about Hong Kong and Macau’s 7 new Bib Gourmands:

Beef brisket noodle at Eight Treasures.
Beef brisket noodle at Eight Treasures.

Eight Treasures
Bib Gourmand, MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2021

What the inspectors say: This family-run noodle shop moved from Hung Hom to this address in 2018 and gained a loyal following soon after. Beef lovers adore its signature beef brisket in a tonic broth simmered with eight herbs (hence the name) and beef bones for over 10 hours. Or, top your soup or tossed noodles with boneless short ribs, inside skirt, outside skirt or a combo of all three. Beef honeycomb tripe, sinew, tongue and beef balls are also excellent alternatives.

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Good Hope Noodle 
Bib Gourmand, MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2021

What the inspectors say: Founded in 1971, this noodle shop once had several branches in Mong Kok, but this is the only one left. Regulars flock here for the duck-egg noodles – made fresh daily with dough kneaded with a bamboo pole for extra bouncy texture, to be topped with prawn-and-pork wontons, zhajiang sauce or braised pork trotter. Congee and snacks are also recommended. You can also witness how the noodles are made in the show kitchen by the entrance.

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Hao Tang Hao Mian
Bib Gourmand, MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2021

What the inspectors say: An owner-chef with over 20 years of experience in French cooking opened this 20-seater specialising in just 12 noodle soup items, each with a specific soup base and toppings. The signature flat noodles in beef soup with Sichuan beef cheek and French braised oxtail takes two days to make, involving eclectic techniques. The flavourful seafood potage with crab, prawns and scallops works surprisingly well with thin Chinese noodles.

Crispy skin chicken at Fung Shing (North Point).
Crispy skin chicken at Fung Shing (North Point).

Fung Shing (North Point) 
Bib Gourmand, MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2021

What the inspectors say: This long-standing heavyweight in Shun Tak cuisine has a traditionally furnished look and is spread over two floors. Guests come for dim sum in the morning while Cantonese favourites and painstakingly prepared Shun Tak specialities are served at lunch and dinner. Try fatty pork crabmeat fritters, Daliang-style scrambled egg white with milk, and crispy fried chicken, all showing astute techniques. Call ahead to ask about dishes that need pre-ordering.

Suckling pig at Eton.
Suckling pig at Eton.

Eton
Bib Gourmand, MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2021

What inspectors say: In 2019, the long-standing household name Fung Shing closed its doors as the owner-chef retired. A regular customer and the staff then got together to re-open it as Eton in 2020. The room was renovated and about 80% of the kitchen and service teams returned. The menu is largely the same; dim sum, crispy fried chicken, deep-fried shrimp toast, scrambled egg white with milk in Daliang style, and Shun Tak fish tripe thick soup are still recommended.

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Samsen (Sheung Wan)
Bib Gourmand, MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2021

What the inspectors say: Readers may recognize the name it shares with a noodle shop in Wan Chai – yes, this is a spinoff by the same owner-chef, Adam Cliff. While it shares almost the same menu as the Wan Chai branch, certain exclusive dishes stand out. For instance, its signature 11-spice Northern Thai curry takes up to eight hours to make and is the perfect companion to egg noodles or roti bread. Friendly service and vibrant atmosphere are also pluses.

Oyster Omelette at Yuan is Here.
Oyster Omelette at Yuan is Here.

Yuan is Here (Western District)
Bib Gourmand, MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2021

What the inspectors say: Decorated with memorabilia and evincing a night market buzz, this Taiwanese street food shop moved here from Sai Ying Pun in 2019. The owner and chef hail from Taiwan and make sure every bite they serve is as authentically Taiwanese as it could be. The signature braised minced pork rice has great depth and a melty texture. Deluxe seafood omelette is a variation of the oyster fritter, with shrimps and scallops. Round it out with taro balls for dessert.

The full selection of the MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2021, including its Starred restaurants selection, will be announced on January 27. Log on to the official Facebook page of the MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau or the MICHELIN Guide Asia Youtube channel at 3pm Hong Kong time for the video premiere and learn the results first-hand.

Hero image from left to right: Yuan is Here minced pork rice, Samsen (Sheung Wan) chicken satay skewers, Eight Treasures beef brisket noodle.

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