Michelin plans to put Hong Kong on gastronomic map

Other News Materials 18 August 2008 07:19 (UTC +04:00)

Hong Kong's gourmet dining scene could soon be receiving worldwide recognition with the publication of a Michelin Guide for the city, a news report said Monday.

Top food guide Michelin is believed to have sent its inspectors on a series of anonymous visits to restaurants and hotels in the former British colony to produce a Hong Kong version of the gourmet Bible.

The South China Morning Post said the news has been welcomed by the Tourism Commission, which believes such a guide could have a positive impact on tourism, the dpa reported.

However, many restaurants specialising in Chinese cuisine expressed concern that inspectors would judge their local specialities by European standards.

Hong Kong prides itself on its food culture with its official tourism website claiming it to be a gourmet paradise "renowned for its exotic fusion of Eastern and Western flavours along with a wide variety of culinary delights."

The first edition of the Michelin Guide was published in 1900 with the aim of helping drivers on the road look after their cars and find decent places to stay and eat while touring.

Over the years, it has ventured further afield producing guides covering 22 countries plus cities such as New York and Las Vegas.

Restaurants deemed worthy of a visit are awarded stars - one star for "a very good restaurant in its category," two stars for "excellent cooking, worth a detour," and the much-coveted three stars for "exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey."

Last year, Michelin published its first guide to Tokyo - awarding it 191 stars - more stars than any other city. Eight restaurants received three stars, 25 two stars, and 117 one star.