Michelin-starred street food – Hong Kong

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Ah Hong Kong, a place renowned for its delicious surprises … well, from a western perspective anyway.

Ah Hong Kong, a place renowned for its delicious surprises … well, from a western perspective anyway.

Temple Street, Hong Kong
Temple Street, Hong Kong. Photo by Eduardo M. C.
Temple Street night market, Hong Kong
Temple Street night market. Photo by ironypoisoning
Temple Street night market, Hong Kong
Temple Street night market. Photo by ironypoisoning

You can’t move five yards down Temple Street without encountering yet another open-air stall serving up a classic Cantonese delicacy.

Hong Kong street food
Photo by Mathias V.
Chicken Feet - Hong Kong street food
Chicken Feet – Hong Kong street food. Photo by Yiie
Stinky Tofu - Hong Kong street food
Stinky Tofu. Photo by beggs
Pineapple Bun - Hong Kong Street Food
Pineapple Bun. Photo by Dennis Wong

This is the realm of Deep-fried French toast, chicken feet, stinky tofu, pineapple bun, roast pigeon and snake soup – fish and chips, need not apply.

The city’s fast becoming an international foodie hub, with variety and quality across the culinary spectrum.

Since 2010, when the Michelin Guide awarded its first stars in Hong Kong, more than 60 establishments have received the prestigious hallmark of fine dining quality.

The guide, which also covers Macau, has never been bigger. The 2013 edition has 290 entries (up from 272 last year). What’s more, 40 per cent of the listings have changed from last year – reflecting a rapidly evolving restaurant scene in the two territories.

Naturally, many who have earned the accolade fall within the high-end bracket. Not least those possessing the coveted three stars – the Chinese Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons included.

But what you may be surprised to hear is that some of the city’s local food stalls also make the list. Tim Ho Wan for example.

Osmanthus Jelly, Tim Ho Wan, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Osmanthus Jelly, Tim Ho Wan, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong. Photo by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML
Steamed meatball, Tim Ho Wan, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Steamed meatball, Tim Ho Wan, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong. Photo by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML
Sweet cream buns, Tim Ho Wan, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Sweet cream buns, Tim Ho Wan, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong. Photo by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML

A hotspot for locals, this dim sum canteen is praised for its use of fresh ingredients – dim sum is steamed to order. The barbeque pork buns, prawn dumplings and steamed rice rolls are highly recommended. What’s more, at less than a fiver, we wager these are the cheapest Michelin-starred dishes there’ll ever be.
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Michelin-starred street food – Hong Kong was last modified: April 13th, 2016 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (1167 posts)

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