World’s Cheapest Restaurant With A Michelin Star

Award Winning Tim Ho Wan at Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong

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Hundreds of names may come to one's mind when thinking of the cheapest place to eat. Less will come to mind when considering the best place to eat in the world. Combine both concepts together, and the task is a lot harder than it seems. What is the best, and least expensive, restaurant to eat at in the world?

The 2010 edition of the "Michelin Guide Hong Kong & Macau" may have the answer. In this year's edition, the Shangri-La Hotel's Tim Ho Wan cafe was given a two-star rating for the first time. It's a credit to head chef Mak Kwai-pui, creator of the small cafe and former chef at the Four Seasons. And given that most meals at Tim Ho Wan can be bought with merely one or two dollars, this earns the cafe the title of the best, cheapest restaurant.

The restaurant is known for its East-West fusion and pastries, and is so popular that a line often forms out the door. It's even common to see a line forming outside for an hour before the restaurant opens -- and for those who haven't gotten a prime spot, the wait time might be upwards of 3 hours.

But the cuisine, and prices, are worth the wait. Guests can order dishes such as steamed fresh shrimp dumplings, sweet potato soup with ginger, the ever-popular staple of dim sum, or char siu bau (barbecued pork buns with a crisp topping) for $2 per plate or less.

Tim Ho Wan is at 2-20 Kwong Wa St., Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Shang Palace is in the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel, 64 Mody Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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