Michelin’s restaurant guide includes a congee (Chinese rice porridge) shop in Hong Kong as its first-ever restaurant of the kind in the latest “hall of fame” release made on Monday.
Veteran gourmet guide praises unusual, fish-stock-based approach to traditional rice-porridge dish when listing year's top picks
Announcing its “Bib Gourmand Selection” for this year, the world’s oldest restaurant reference guide added Wan Chai’s Trusty Congee King to the list. The new collection comprises 82 restaurants in Hong Kong and Macao, 17 of which are newly starred addresses in Hong Kong.
The gourmet inspectors’ review in the guide said the honor was handed to the new entrant partly because of its rare congee recipe – with a soup base primarily made from fish stock. Pork and chicken broths are normally used for cooking congee.
The list showed that five of the newly famed eateries are in Kowloon while 12 others are on Hong Kong Island.
A Bib Gourmand award has been given to eateries that offer a quality three-course set menu for a maximum of HK$400.
This year, Michelin inspectors “discovered more local gourmet offerings including Cantonese stir-fry, congee and noodle, dim sum at attractive prices”, commented Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin Guide.
Asian cuisines are also represented in the list.
Go to guide.michelin.com.hk for the full list of this year’s Michelin selection.