Hong Kong is well-known for its savoury and diverse cuisine. The city is home to numerous luxury restaurants as well as to some of the best street food in Asia. Today, we have explored eight must-try Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants that capture Cantonese cuisine to the fullest. They are known to have high-quality food, a total of three-course meals at a reasonable price, and a close to Michelin experience.
What is Michelin Bib Gourmand?
The name Bib Gourmand came from the Michelin company’s nickname for their mascot “The Michelin Man”, who is officially known as Bibendum. This Bib Gourmand guide is close to Michelin stars, but it focuses on friendly restaurants that serve good quality food at a decent price. Since 1997, Michelin created this guide to acknowledge restaurants that offer great dining experiences with local authentic food, and there are 63 located in Hong Kong.
At first, the Bib Gourmand offered the label “R” to identify restaurants that met these standards. Bib Gourmand is well-loved due to the great creative logo of the Michelin man making a gesture of him licking his lip to represent great food deals. This gives the new lens of Michelin, where food out of high-end restaurants can also be qualified as great examples of culinary excellence.
Kwan Kee ClayPot Rice — Claypot Rice, Sai Ying Pun
Kwan Kee is easy to find with the large traditional sign that stands out from the street. The restaurant is known for its clay pot dishes, including beef, fish, chicken, goat, and vegetables. We love the charm of Kwan Kee as it uses a blend of three types of rice as a base that is lightly brushed with oil to create the golden crisp and crunchy texture. Top this with delicious ingredients just makes it absolutely tasty. The way it is cooked traps the steam to retain moisture in the ingredients creating a chewy smokey texture to the dish.
The house signature dishes are white eel, pig bone soup, stewed lamb, and house special drunken chicken.
Address: Shop 1, Wo Yick Mansion, 263 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Western District
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 11am to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10:30pm, and Sunday: 6pm to 10:30pm
Phone: + 852 2803 7209 (for inquiry and reservation)
Lin Heung Kui — Dim Sum, Sheung Wan
Lin Heung Kui is a popular two floors Tea House located in Wellington Street, Sheung Wan that started in 2009. We love Lin Heung Kui for its old Hong Kong style of “Yum Cha”, a conventional setting with a modern aesthetic and pleasing interior. This restaurant keeps the tradition of having dim sum carts, which clicks with your nostalgic childhood memory while experiencing a dim sum treasury. In the food stall area, we get to interact and see the staff cooking different kinds of food, from turnip cake, chestnut cake, sticky rice, and more. Lin Heung Kui is a food haven for signature Cantonese cuisine and its famous dim sum, and a must-try speciality duck.
Address: 2-3/F, 46-50 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan
Phone: +852 2156 9328
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 6am to 10pm
Po Kee — Soup Noodles, Sai Wan / HKU
Po Kee is a locally recognized Cantonese roasted goose favourite spot in the Western District of Hong Kong.
It has been in business for more than 40 years and loved by locals of all ages. The shop is famous for its roast goose, which is lean, juicy, crispy skin and served with Lai Fan (rice noodle). We also like Char Siu (barbecue pork), a hint of smoky flavour with the right amount of sweetness from the honey. The pricing is reasonable and a great value for the food quality at this shop. Po Kee attracts lots of customers from other areas so make sure to arrive before 2pm otherwise the goose might be sold out.
Address: Shop P, G/F, 425 Queen’s Road West, Shek Tong Tsui, Western District
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 11:30am to 8pm, Sunday: Closed
Tasty — Congee, Central
Tasty is located in IFC mall with busy traffic from customers shopping. It attracts people to dine in for its delicious options of congee, and noodles with delicately wrapped shrimp wontons.
The congee is smooth consistency and pairs well with fried dough as a great side to dip with your congee. We recommend the Tasty house-made specials like pork liver, fish belly, frog, and steamed buns. Tasty serves a wide range of food such as dim sum, stir-fry rice, and noodles with other ingredients. You cannot miss the Cantonese desserts it offers such as red bean soup, stewed papaya, stewed pear, and black sesame paste. Tasty is your one-stop dining option to satisfy your taste buds.
Address: Shop 3016-3018, 3/F, IFC, 1 Harbour View Street, Central
Phone: +852 2295 0101 and +852 2295 0505
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 11am to 11pm
She Wong Leung — Snake Soup, North Point
This shop is known for its snake soup and has been in business for 20+ years. Snake soup is a common delicacy people love to eat during the winter for its health benefit and stay warm. The snake soup texture is like chicken, and it serves with mushrooms and other ingredients. The owner of the store changes its menu seasonally and uses different ingredients such as black fungus and tangerine peel. The shop has lots of presets menu options of combinations with snake soup, for example, paired with vegetable rice, curry chicken wings, lamb stew, or roast meat. She Wong Leung also sells stew with Chinese medicine ingredients.
Address: Shop A, G/F, 298 Electric Road, North Point
Phone: +852 2578 8135
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 12 pm to 12:30am
Tim Ho Wan — Dim Sum, North Point
Tim Ho Wan is famous for Hong Kong local dim sum since 2009 and resembles a local tea house. The shop serves different kinds of dim sum, steam rice, gruel, rice rolls, and desserts. The shop changes its menu regularly allowing us to return for new options. The signature dim sums are baked buns with BBQ pork, which is a juicy soft bun of crispy layers, and the other being the steamed fresh shrimp. The shop also offers vegetarian options such as bean curd and taro cake.
While there, try the desserts like osmanthus jelly, crispy milk cream and sweet mixed bean soup.
Address: Shop B, C, & D, G/F, 2-8 Wharf Road, Seaview Building, North Point
Phone: +852 2979 5608
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 10am to 9:30pm
Eight Treasures — Brisket Noddles, Tin Hau
This noodle shop is for anyone who loves to eat beef, as it is their signature specialty. If you are looking to feel better this is a must-stop shop with their invigorating beef broth. The broth has been cooked for hours, making it rich in flavour with a hint of eight different herbs, hence the eight treasures. The menu offers every kind of beef cut you need to be mixed with your soup or noodles such as brisket, beef ball, skirts, short ribs, tongue, and beef honeycomb tripe. If beef is not your favourite, they do offer other items to pair with your noodles or soup.
Address: G/F, Wing Wah Building, 124 Electric Road, Tin Hau
Phone: +852 2889 8366
Opening hours: Monday to Tuesday: 11am to 10pm, Wednesday: Closed, Thursday to Sunday: 11am to 10pm
Ho To Tai Noodle Shop — Soup Noodles, Yuen Long
If you are looking for Cantonese dumplings or wonton in New Territories, give this shop a try. This noodle shop has two floors, and it has been in business for over 70 years with even a dried noodle factory that sells to retail stores. It keeps its traditional design of the store and is known as one of the popular specialities of Yuen Long. The shop is continuously visited regularly by locals and those out of town to visit. Ho To Tai makes everything from scratch, from its dumplings to wontons and noodles the traditional way. Everything is made with care, leaving customers full of love as they shop their products and purchase them as Hong Kong souvenirs.
Address: G/F, 67, Fau Tsoi Street, Yuen Long
Phone: +852 2476 2495
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 10am to 8pm
Cantonese cuisine has a great influence and is the heart of Hong Kong culture. Enjoy a Michelin quality dining experience at reasonable prices, whether you’re into clay pot rice, dim sum, roasted meats, congee and noodles, or snake soup.