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Top Hong Kong Michelin-star Restaurants That Won’t Hurt Your Wallet

Eating at a Michelin-star restaurant doesn’t need to come with a hefty price tag, and this is definitely true in Hong Kong! There are several world-renowned restaurants that offer delicious food that are budget-friendly.

Here are 10 Michelin-star restaurants that you can eat at without breaking the bank:

 

1. Ah Chun Shandong Dumpling

Shandong Dumpling

  • Location: 60 Lai Chi Kok Road, Prince Edward
  • Operation Hours: 11 AM – 11 PM
  • Average Price per Person: 30-50 HKD
  • Must-orders: Shandong Roasted Chicken, Tomato and Scrambled Egg Dumplings and Cabbage and Meat Dumplings

A favorite among Shandong immigrants, the shop’s owner hails from the province of Tsingdao, Shandong himself. As such, its dumplings represent the owner’s roots – and many are a fan of the thick skin and strong taste of its filling.

2. Tsim Chai Kee

Prawn Wontons

  • Location: 98 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong
  • Operation Hours: 11 AM – 10 PM
  • Average Price per Person: 20-50 HKD
  • Must-orders: King Prawn Wonton and Fresh Minced Fish Balls Noodle Soup

Categorised as “Bib Gourmand”, which translates in Michelin language as “inspector’s favourite for good value”, Tsim Chai Kee boldy set up shop right opposite Mak’s Noodles (patronized by Anthony Bourdain) at Wellington Street Central in 1998.

Tsim Chai Kee offers only three toppings on their menu: wontons, beef slices and gigantic fish balls.

3. Wang Fu

Vegetarian Dumpling

  • Location: 65 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong
  • Operation Hours: 11 AM – 10 PM
  • Average Price per Person: 50-70 HKD
  • Must-orders: Green Onion Mutton Dumpling, Vegetarian Dumpling (Tomato and Egg Dumpling which is only available after 2 pm)

Want to have dumplings for lunch or dinner? This is the place to be when you want to make a meal of dumplings. After all, with 10 dumpling fillings available, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

You can have your dumplings steamed or pan-fried in either five or 10 pieces. Yummy fillings include pork and chive; pork, sea cucumber, and shrimp; and green onion with mutton.

4. Mak’s Noodle

Wonton Noodle

  • Location: 77 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong
  • Operation Hours: 11 AM – 9 PM
  • Average Price per Person: 40-60 HKD
  • Must-orders: Wonton Noodles

Mak’s Noodle wonton noodle soup is so famous that a bowl was even served to Chiang Kai-shek! Nowadays, people line up despite the weather and how long the queue is to take a bite out of  shrimp-stuffed wontons in Hong Kong.

Complete with springy noodles, umami-rich broth and plump shrimp wontons, you’d need to order at least two to fully satisfy your tummy.

5. Kam’s Roast Goose

Kams Roast Goose

  • Location: Hong Kong, Wan Chai, Hennessy Rd, 226號地下 Po Wah Commercial Centre
  • Operation Hours: 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM
  • Average Price per Person: 70-100 HKD
  • Must-orders: Roast Goose Leg in Noodle Soup, Tender Suckling Pig, Crispy Roast Pork

When a restaurant manages to earn a Michelin star within four months of opening, then you know the food is good! One of their best-sellers is their Roast Goose. The geese are specially imported from Dongguan, delivered every morning, and carefully roasted in a gas oven. Want to get sure seats? Come between two to five pm.

6. Ho Hung Kee Congee and Noodle Shop

Ho Hung Kee Congee

  • Location: 1204-1205 Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay
  • Operation Hours: 11:30 AM – 11 PM
  • Average Price per Person: 50-70 HKD
  • Must-orders: House Specialty Wonton Noodles in Soup and House Smooth Congee

As the first wonton noodle shop to be given a Michelin star in 2010, this shop which originally opened in Wan Chai in the 1940s is famous for their springy wonton noodles, fresh, sweet soup, steamy dim sum and springy wonton noodles.

7. Ba Yi

Lamb Skewer

  • Location: G/F, 43 Water St, Western District, Hong Kong
  • Operation Hours: 12 PM – 3 PM and 6 PM – 9 PM
  • Average Price per Person: 40-80 HKD
  • Must-orders: Tofu and Preserved Egg, Roasted Lamb Leg and Mutton Skewers

Another restaurant that’s been awarded Bib Gourmand (good quality and good value cooking), Ba Yi is a value-for-money Xinjiang restaurant that’s well-known for serving special lamb dishes.

These include traditional stewed lamb, roast leg and mutton skewers – with most of the meat being imported from Xinjiang.

8. Sister Wah Beef Brisket

Beef Brisket Noodles

  • Location: 13 Electric Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
  • Operation Hours: 11 AM – 11 PM
  • Average Price per Person: 40-70 HKD
  • Must-orders: Beef Brisket Dan Dan Noodles and Beef Brisket in Clear Soup

Since beef brisket noodles are definitely a must-eat when you visit Hong Kong, you can’t go wrong with Sister Wah. Imagine: they only have six round tables, but they’re easily one of the famous beef brisket noodle shops in the country!

With chewy Hong Kong-style hand-pulled noodles, soft and thick beef chunks and rich soup, you’d be hard-pressed to find an empty table in this establishment.

9. Eng Kee Noodle Shop

Eng Kee Noodle

  • Location: GF, 32 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
  • Operation Hours: 10 AM – 7 PM
  • Average Price per Person: 40-80 HKD
  • Must-orders: Beef Brisket Noodles, Char Siew Wonton Noodles and Deep Fried Wonton

Roughly a three-minute walk from Sai Ying Pun MTR B1 exit, this shop has been serving Cantonese soup noodles to its local patrons for more than 20 years!

For the best bang for your buck, get their signature beef brisket – braised one night ahead and marinated overnight.

 

Bonus: Budget-Friendly Michelin Star Restaurants in Macau

1. Chong Shing

Mah Lai Goh

  • Location: GF, 11 Rua de Tome Pires, Macau
  • Operation Hours: 7 AM – 8 PM
  • Average Price per Person: 10-20 HKD
  • Must-orders: Shumai (traditional Chinese dumpling) and Mah Lai Goh (steamed Chinese sponge cake)

Nowadays, people shouldn’t be surprised when tiny street side stalls have long lines of people willing to wait for an order or two of dimsum.

Especially when at Macau’s famous Chong Shing stall. The dimsum is so good that its been featured in the 2016 and 2017 Michelin Guides.

2. Lord Stow’s Bakery

Egg Tart

  • Location: 1 Rua do Tassara, Coloane, Macao
  • Operation Hours: 9 AM – 10 PM
  • Average Price per Person: 10-20 HKD
  • Must-orders: Egg Tarts

When you say egg tarts and Michelin-star, the only establishment that should come to mind is Lord Stow’s Bakery. Based on the Portuguese pastel de nata, Andrew Stow’s take on the egg tart is creamier, less sweet, with a flaky, buttery crust and caramelized egg custard filling.

If you want the real deal – still hand-molded! – be prepared to line up at the original branch located on Coloane island.

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