In Michelin tradition, the list of Bib Gourmands—i.e. highlighted eateries that “offer high quality food at budget-friendly prices”—is released shortly prior to the unveiling of the big guns and, on 18 January 2021, the red guide unveiled its selections ahead of the star announcements on 27 January 2021. For a city known for presenting incredibly high quality food at low prices, Hong Kong’s list includes 63 venues (including seven newcomers for 2021) while Macau clocks in with just seven awarded venues.
The criteria for a Bib Gourmand is that diners should be able to enjoy a three-course meal excluding drinks for a maximum price of HK$400 in Hong Kong and MOP400 in Macau. Previous entrants to the list include the likes of Ciak, the diffusion restaurant by Italian chef Umberto Bombana (where a meal can definitely run upwards of HK$400, but we’re not arguing with the quality), Cornerstone by Shane Osborn, late-night chef favourite Ju Xing Home in Prince Edward, and Kwan Kee Clay Pot Rice (one of our favourites for the eponymous dish). Chains such as Shugetsu Ramen, Putien, Din Tai Fung and Tim Ho Wan also feature in the list, as well as regional specialties such as Yau Yuen Siu Tsui in Jordan, known for their thick, spicy biang biang noodles.