5 Michelin starred meals in Hong Kong for under $15

Looking for delicious, high-quality cuisine without the price tag? Try these Michelin rated restaurants in Hong Kong

In a city where luxury shopping malls, Rolls Royces, and 5-star hotels abound, it might not be immediately obvious that Hong Kong is one of the best foodie destinations to visit on a budget. Some of Hong Kong's tastiest food is found in places you wouldn't think to look: in tucked-away side streets, hidden corners of mega malls, and nestled inside bustling train stations. You can easily eat on the cheap in Hong Kong, and without sacrificing taste or even prestige. Among the long list of Hong Kong's Michelin-recognized restaurants, there is an incredible variety, including everything from street stalls with standing-only tables to family-owned duck and noodle houses.

These are the 5 best Michelin-starred and the 5 best Bib Gourmand (Michelin kudos for "exceptional food at moderate prices") restaurants that you can try in Hong Kong for under $15 if you're on a budget, or just saving up for one of the city's notoriously expensive cocktails.

Michelin 1-star Restaurants

Tim Ho Wan

Podium Level 1 (IFC Mall), Shop 12A. $5 USD for 3 pork buns.

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Tim Ho Wan is one of the most well-known, and budget-friendly, 1-star restaurants in the world. hough several locations are serving Tim Ho Wan's infamous dim sum throughout the city and in the greater Pacific region (and as of 2017, an Atlantic-side location in New York City), the one to try is located on the bottom level of the IFC Mall in Wan Chai. Upon arriving at Hong Kong Station via the airport express, your first great meal is just a few escalator rides away. There is always a crowd, but you can fill out your order on paper menus while you wait, and once you do sit, a remarkably efficient kitchen staff guarantees a meal in minutes. But you should use that waiting time to decide on your final order; once you sit you won't get much attention. Pork buns—sweet pineapple rolls filled with barbecued shredded pork and baked to chewy perfection—are an absolute must (you might want to go with 2 orders), and also good are shrimp shumai, lotus leaf sticky rice, taro cakes, and braised chicken feet in abalone sauce.

Trick of the trade: order food to go and skip the wait. You can eat your buns in one of IFC's courtyards or on the way back to the airport. I guarantee you'll stop here more than once!

Kam's Roast Goose

226 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai. Roast goose starts at $13 USD.

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The Kam family name is known throughout Hong Kong for their unrivaled Cantonese cuisine. The Kams have several acclaimed restaurants under their belt, and Michelin-starred Kam's Roast Goose, run by a third-generation member of the Kam clan, is no exception. There will inevitably be a line outside the 30-seat establishment, but once you make it from the back of the queue to the rows of succulent roast birds suspended behind the restaurant's front windows, you'll know that the wait was well worth it. The roast goose with plum sauce really is the show stopper here: it's everything you want in a roast duck, with a sticky-sweet glaze and the ideal balance of fat-to-crispy skin for a melt-in-your-mouth treat. Adventurous eaters, consider trying the gooseneck and head, or even the goose blood pudding served with chives. For a non-poultry dish, the roast suckling pig is the closest meat has ever come to tasting like candy.

Ho Hung Kee Congee and Noodle

Shop 1204-05, Level 12, Hysan Pl., 500 Hennessy Rd., Causeway Bay. $10 USD for a large bowl of noodles with two toppings.

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Ho Hung Kee has been around since the 1940s, though since then the dining room has changed locations and undergone renovations. Likewise, in the past few years the menu has increased in price and expanded upon the traditional fare, but it's still the classic dishes—like noodle soup in sweet, onion broth served with thin, springy egg noodles and plump shrimp wontons (or preserved egg, sliced beef, and other add-ons)—that make this a spot worth visiting, again and again. The congee, a traditional rice porridge served with meat and fresh chives, is some of the best in the city. There is congee with liver and intestines or, if you prefer (like I do) congee with pork meatballs, both meats served in a warm base of rice overcooked to creamy goodness that is not unlike eating a homemade bowl of savory rice pudding. The beauty of congee is that it's comfort food for any time of day. Feel try to have some at breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner.

Lei Garden

233 Electric Rd., North Point. Under $15 USD for most double-boiled tonic soups.

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With two Michelin-starred locations in Hong Kong alone (one on Hong Kong Island and one in Macau), Lei Garden offers traditional Cantonese fare, like roasted baby duck and deep-fried lotus root, alongside an extensive menu of truly unique seafood specialties. The North Point location is the one to try if you're in Hong Kong, which overlooks a pleasant courtyard and serves up to 200 people in a contemporary but frenetic dining room. Lei Garden is one of the more expensive of Hong Kong's 1-star Michelins, so it's worth noting what you should definitely order to get the most bang for your buck. If you can reserve a table (or happen to drop by at at a rare time when you can talk to the maître d'), you should advance order one of their famous double-boiled tonic soups. I'd recommend trying the American sea whelk soup with yam rhizome and wolfberries (don't ask, just order!), which is unlike any soup I've had. The chilled mango with grapefruit and dumplings filled with sesame make for unusually delicious desserts.

Yat Lok

34-38 Stanley Street, Central. $15 USD for roast goose drumstick over rice or noodles and broth.

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With cramped and shared tables, Yat Lok is not the restaurant to go to for a romantic or rambling dinner, but luckily, you'll want to wolf down the house roast goose in about a quarter of the time it takes you to finally get a table. (A feature on an episode of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations has secured this modest, family-owned restaurant both fame and a long line in perpetuity.) The restaurant is known for their roast goose, which is only a close second to Kam's but still rich and tender and served with a lovely vinegary-sweet family-recipe plum sauce. The menu is only in Cantonese so know what you'd like to order ahead of time.

Michelin Bib Gourmand Restaurants

Tasty Congee: The best wonton noodles in Hong Kong. Full stop. Order the noodle soup with wontons or topped with house braised brisket. Located at IFC mall and conveniently, the airport.

Joyful Dessert House: One of the most treasured sweet shops among many in Mongkok. The mango Napoleon is light and airy, the perfect end to a night of pork buns or roast goose.

Tsim Chi Kee: One of the dozens of acclaimed noodle shops on Wellington Street in Central, the homemade fish balls distinguish this shop from the crowd. Go during off hours.

Eng Kee Noodles: A trusted stop for Cantonese soup noodles near the Mid-levels. Go for the marinated and braised brisket and the deep-fried wontons.

Mak Man Kee: A 40-year-old Cantonese noodle shop down a meandering side street in Jordan, the wonton soup with duck-egg noodles and pork knuckles in red taro curd are entirely original.

Din Tai Fung: Try the Xiao Long Bao (Shanghainese steamed soup buns bursting with a rich broth of chicken, pork, and cured ham) at either the Tsim Sha Tsui or Causeway Bay locations.

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If you want to travel but have a job that is currently holding you back, here are a few of our suggestions for the best jobs for people who love to travel.

For many people, traveling is an amazing experience, but traveling is not always feasible because of responsibilities to work.

One way to get around this roadblock is to get a job that will let you travel and see the world. Here are some of the best jobs for people who love to travel.

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Translator

A translator is a wonderful job for those who want to travel. It will bring you to many places as you work, so long as those places speak the language you can translate. The great thing about translating is the variety of work you can get by translating for specific clients or just translating for tourists in the area. You can choose what type of scene you wish to work in very easily.

Pilot

A pilot fits the definition of a job that gets to travel perfectly. Now, whether you are a private pilot or a commercial pilot, you will still get to fly all over the planet. The only major problem with this job is the requirement of flight classes. But once you get your license, you can fly freely around the world while making yourself money to fund your trips.

Travel blogger

Being a travel blogger is a temperamental job but, if done correctly, it will allow you to visit anywhere you want. Writing to fans as you travel the world can be a fun and exciting way to engage with the planet. This job can be difficult to do, though, as you must be able to write consistently and capture your audience with each post.

English teacher

This may not sound like a job that allows you to travel, but schools all around the world are always looking for more people to teach English.

In this career, you would move near the school that you would teach at and live there over the course of your time there. The interesting thing about this job is that it does not necessarily require a teaching degree, depending on the school and country in question. You also get to live in a new country for an extended period.

When it comes to the best jobs for people who love to travel, these are just a few of our suggestions. There are plenty of jobs where you can travel around the world, but these ones are far-reaching and cover a lot of different lifestyles. They might seem like pipe dreams, but hey, you never know!

Seattle, Washington is a rainy, coffee-fueled, coastal town often referred to as the "Emerald City."

Located against the ecological wonderland of Puget Sound, this cosmopolitan, seaside city is a mishmash of arts, culture, history, nature, and, of course, cloudy weather. Thanks to its proximity to nature, its greenery, and its culturally rich, big-city atmosphere, the city is becoming increasingly popular, both for tourists and those looking for a change of scenery.

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If you only have a few days to visit Seattle, you'll probably want to check out the area's most famous attractions.

For nature lovers and summit-chasers, there's the imposing, wildflower-shrouded Mt. Rainier.

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For foodies, there's the popular Pike Place Market, a giant patchwork of food-sellers and friendly chaos where you can purchase everything from giant crabs' legs to bottomless amounts of coffee (more on that later).

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And finally, there's the iconic Space Needle and the Sky View Observatory, which will give you extraordinary views of the city.

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Seattle Arts and Museums

For arts and culture lovers, Seattle has plenty to cut your teeth on. Don't miss the Chihuly Garden and Glass, a collection of extraordinary blown-glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly.

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For art, there's the giant Seattle Art Museum Downtown. Seattle also offers the Museum of Pop Culture, a nonprofit that features all your favorite icons from history, and plenty of other options.

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For some history, there's the Klondike Gold Rush Museum, which commemorates Seattle's history as a gold rush hub.

There are plenty of quirky attractions—like the giant Fremont Troll, the 18-foot sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood that cuts an imposing figure.

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You could also take in the city from a boat—marine enthusiasts might enjoy visiting to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks to explore the history of this port city.

Seattle, of course, also has a gritty underground side—you may know the city from its time at the heart of the '90s grunge movement.

It also has a long, storied history that has left more than a few scars. You can literally see its underground through one of its underground tours, which will take you on a walk through the "buried city," the remnants left over from before the Great Fire of 1889.

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Natural Wonders

Seattle is notorious for its natural wonders. For a close-up view, there's the Seattle Aquarium, a marine experience that showcases the best of what Puget Sound has to offer.

For more exposure to the beauty of Seattle's nature, try the Washington Park Arboretum, a 230-acre showcase of Seattle's wetlands and natural wonders.

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You might also pay a visit to the Alki Beach for some time with the ocean waves.

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Or consider taking a more exhaustive adventure to Discovery Park, a giant and labyrinthine natural park at the edge of Puget Sound.

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Food and Drink

Food tours are also popular options for those who want to get more intimate with the city's cuisine, and Seattle is often ranked as one of the best cities for foodies.

It's also a great place for coffee-heads. You might also pay a visit to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, AKA Ultimate Starbucks, a tasting room that features a coffee library amongst other treats for coffee addicts.

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Moving to Seattle

If you're planning on moving to Seattle, locals say there's a few things you should know. First off, it is most definitely overcast the majority of the time, though the rain is rather like a mist. That makes the rare sunny day shine even more, though, locals say, in addition to fostering natural abundance.

The city is generally very congested with traffic, which can be noisy, though it offers great public transportation options, from buses to rail—regardless, you'll want to get an Orca Card for that.

Like every city, Seattle has a number of diverse and charismatic neighborhoods. For example, there's the beachy, more laid-back West Seattle.

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There's the vibrant Capitol Hill, a hub of arts, culture, tech bros, and nightlife (during non-COVID times).

There's the historic and artsy Pioneer Square, featuring plenty of museums, shops, galleries, and pubs.

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Fremont is a more bohemian area. Belltown is a trendy waterfront neighborhood that's close to everything.

In general, Seattle residents love the city for its proximity to nature, from beaches to glaciers, and its abundance of arts and cultural attractions. As Kimberly Kinrade said, "Seattle is for people who love culture, but refuse to sacrifice their wild nature to attain it." Residents dislike the steep cost of housing and all things that come from rising prices, including the city's large homeless population.

In general, the city is known as environmentally conscious, liberal, and dog-loving. The people are often referred to as nice but possibly a bit standoffish and cold (the "Seattle Freeze" is when you make plans to hang out and then bail, which is apparently very common). The rain can certainly get depressing, but the proximity to nature helps.

Remember, if you do happen to move: umbrellas are dead giveaways for tourists.


What's your favorite part about Seattle? What did we leave out? Let us know at @thejourniest on Twitter!

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Weed World Candies Exist to Prey on Gullible Tourists

Weed is still illegal in New York, but scamming tourists is not.

You wouldn't know it walking around midtown Manhattan, but marijuana is still illegal in New York.

It does seem strange to think that perhaps the most metropolitan city in the US would be lagging behind so many other parts of the country that have legalized possession, production, and sale of cannabis and THC products, but it's true.

New York's decriminalization of marijuana has led many smokers to be more brazen with their public consumption in recent years, and Governor Cuomo recently announced plans for limited legalization for recreational use at the state level. But for the time being the sale of products containing THC is still very much illegal.

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Adding to the confusion is a company that has sprung up to prey on tourist's uncertainty. Weed World trucks have multiplied at a staggering rate since they first started appearing in Midtown and the Village a few years ago. Easily a dozen RVs and vans now line the tourist-dense streets of Manhattan, advertising Girl Scout Cookies and Gorilla Glue, clad in marijuana-leaf decals and occupied by employees who are paid either to be stoned out of their minds, or just to pretend they are.

With eyes nearly in slits and an air of relaxation that suggests that customers are temporary interludes from a permanent nap, they will promise you as much as they can get away with while letting their branding do most of the work. They will sell you four lollipops for $20, which would seem like a great deal if not for the fact that they will not deliver on the strong implication that they'll get you high.

They have a Twitter account where they celebrate the supposed availability of weed and claim to "have New York locked down." They'll even sell you vape cartridges that advise you to "get medicated," and which are packed with potent doses of… flavor?

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An employee once assured me that their candies do contain THC—maybe they wouldn't be so brazenly dishonest today—and in a drunken state I coughed up $5 to test that claim. There is a faint weedy taste to their candies, and you may find trace amounts of CBD inside, but that's it. It's a scam. There is no THC. Nothing that will give their customers the experience they're selling.

Worse than the trucks is the Weed World Candies storefront that opened in midtown in 2019. Just walking past you would swear that people were passing a massive blunt inside.

The smell is unmistakable and overpowering, except that it's fake. Whatever chemical fragrance they pumped onto the street, it was not connected to anyone smoking weed. Inside, the psychedelic wall art complemented shelves lined with suggestive candies and boxes emblazoned with pot leaf insignia.

Whatever the venue, they are all too happy to sell you overpriced hemp products and CBD creams and chocolates made to look like nugs. And if you're a tourist, or a moron like me, you might believe the scam long enough to give them money, but nothing they sell will get you high.

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The owners of Weed World, Judah Izrael and Bilal Muhammad—who prefers to go by "Dro Man" or "Doctor Dro"—will defend their products by claiming that they serve to promote legalization and decriminalization efforts by normalizing the idea of public sale of marijuana. But at no point in the purchasing process is the illusion that their candies will get you high broken. At no point are their customers offered literature explaining the mission of Weed World.

On their website's FAQs page, there is no mention of THC or its absence from their products, but the first question, "How much should I eat?" is answered, "It's all based on your tolerance but there's no limit." Tolerance for what? Sugar? The company—which originated in Alabama and has spread to cities around the country—mostly seems like a very profitable way to sell candy to gullible adults.

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The best thing I can say in their defense is that one of their trucks was recently busted by police in Saraland, Alabama, with products that "tested positive for marijuana." Assuming this isn't a screw up or deliberate frame-job by the police, it's possible that some of the Weed World trucks are using their faux activism as a front for selling actual drugs. If so, that would be the most honest thing about this company. Until that's confirmed, ignore these trucks and maybe just ask a friend for a hookup.