Michelin has launched the second edition of the bilingual MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau. The MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2010 contains 245 establishments from Hong Kong (205 restaurants and 40 hotels) and 53 establishments from Macau (38 restaurants and 15 hotels).
This 2010 edition includes 86 new restaurants (78 from Hong Kong and eight from Macau) and eight new hotels (seven from Hong Kong and one from Macau).
The MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2010 offers a total selection of 3 three stars restaurants (two in Hong Kong and one in Macau), 9 two stars (eight in Hong Kong and one in Macau) and 39 one star establishments (32 in Hong Kong and seven in Macau).
Hong Kong and Macau are well-known for their simple and local food stalls, which have led the MICHELIN Guide to create the simple shop (2) pictogram. In the second edition of the Guide, a total of 29 simple shop restaurants are included (c.f. 11 restaurants in 2009), which is 15% of the total current Hong Kong selection. Some of the starred restaurants are simple shops serving local food, making them the most affordable starred restaurants in the world. Diners can enjoy gourmet meals for as little as HKD/ MOP 50 per person, showing MICHELIN Guide’s commitment to local eateries.
The MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2010 again features the Bib Gourmand Category (=), which indicates Michelin inspectors' favourites for good value. The Bib Gourmand selection list enables readers to choose a wonderful restaurant with top-quality cuisine at highly affordable prices. This year's Bib Gourmands includes 50 restaurants (45 in Hong Kong and five in Macau), comparing to 26 in last year’s edition. These restaurants offer a full three-course meal for HKD/ MOP 300 or less. The MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2010 is really the perfect guide to find the best restaurants offering an excellent value for money.
The latest edition has 478 pages, 62 pages more than the previous Guide. The additional pages show Michelin’s dedication to showcasing the region’s gastronomic achievements. The MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2010 has expanded the covered areas to locations like San Po Kong, Sham Shui Po, Sham Tseng, Shatin and Yuen Long.
To ensure a consistent selection, the anonymous inspectors stick to the same five criteria for awarding stars in all areas and countries: product quality, preparation and flavors, the cuisine's personality, value for money, and consistency over time and across the entire menu. These criteria are appropriate for all types of cooking, including Chinese (for example, noodles, dim sum, Cantonese dishes). In this year’s guide, more than 60% of the restaurants selected offer Chinese cuisine (Shanghainese, Pekingnese, Sichuan, Cantonese, Chiu Chow, etc.). The stars awarded reflect what is in the plate served to customers. A restaurant that receives one or more stars is not only one of the best in its country but also one of the best in the world.
One star (m) means a very good restaurant in its category. Two stars (n) mean excellent cooking, worth a detour. Three stars (o) mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.
Locals and travelers seeking an enjoyable experience have counted on the MICHELIN Guide for its trusted recommendations for the past century. While the MICHELIN Guide is known around the world for its famous stars, these restaurants account for 10% of the selection. With more than 1.2 million copies sold in some 100 countries, the MICHELIN Guide has always built its success on the diversity of its selection and especially on small local establishments offering a high-quality dining experience at an affordable price, of which the best are included in the Bib Gourmand category. Moreover, inclusion in the MICHELIN Guide is, in itself, synonymous with quality, since only the best establishments in each comfort and price category are selected. The MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2010 will be available on November 26 in Hong Kong, Macau and Southeast Asia and from the beginning of February in Europe.