The 2019 Michelin Guide was published in Guangzhou on July 16, featuring a total of 11 local restaurants that were awarded Michelin stars, one receiving two stars and ten receiving one star each.
Representatives accept Michelin stars award. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
What’s in this year’s Guide?
This year, Jiang by Chef Fei became the first Guangzhou restaurant to receive two stars. Jiang by Chef Fei received one star in 2018 and since then has propelled itself to a new echelon, striking a balance between tradition and innovation while integrating Japanese and western elements into Cantonese cuisine. Popular dishes in this restaurant include roast chicken with flaxseed and Hele crab steamed with sticky rice in lotus leaves.
Here’s a list of winners from Michelin’s 2019 guide to Guangzhou, including seven household names you may remember from the previous year, as well as three new rising stars.
Three new rising stars at a glance:
The restaurant’s founders have always been devoted to maintaining traditional flavors of Cantonese cuisine since it opened in 2006. Traditional styles can be seen from the unified special menus to all the dishes. The soy sauce chicken is seasoned with with luo han guo (siraitia grosvenorii) instead of sugar and the brown sugar trotters contain a gingery tinge for the palate.
Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine
Affiliated with a Singapore catering group, Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine attaches great importance to the selection of ingredients. Its crispy suckling pig with sticky rice, shrimp balls with white truffles and cuisine in seasonal menus are well worth a try.
Named after the Song Dynasty, ‘Song’ is also the last name of the restaurant owner. Most of the dishes are traditional Sichuan dishes prepared by Sichuan chefs. Popular dishes include boiling tiger grouper, Beijing roast duck with fruit-tree wood and spicy crab.
Three one-star restaurants at high-end hotels:
Jade River at the White Swan Hotel
Chef (M) of Jade River accepts the award. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
The Pearl River view seen from Jade River [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
The Jade River is a true landmark in Guangzhou for authentic Cantonese cuisine with culinary specialties created by our master-chefs to sublime heights! Savour delicately hand-crafted dim sum creations and signature Cantonese dishes that have made this unique restaurant an all-time favourite among local gourmets and patrons from afar.
Lai Heen at The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou
Chef (M) of Lai Heen accepts the award. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
Steamed crab custard, crab meat, caviar with Chinese rice wine presented by Lai Heen [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
Lai Heen is helmed by Chef Gordon, who has over two decades of culinary experience. The well-traveled Chef Gordon is famed for his creative cuisine art and passion for exploring nature to find fresh ingredients of the highest quality. Lai Heen’s fundamental value lies in the freshness of seasonal ingredients and showcasing exquisite Cantonese delicacies through careful balancing of colors, aromas, textures and tastes of each dish.
Yu Yue Heen at Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou
Chef Mai (M) of Yu Yue Heen accepts the award. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
Chef Mai of Yu Yue Heen [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
Yu Yue Heen, located on 71st floor of the hotel, offers authentic Cantonese cuisine with unsurpassed views of the city skyline in tranquil ambience. Guests can enjoy picturesque views of the renowned Pearl River among some of the eight private dining rooms. The restaurant design is interplay of traditional colors and contemporary decor, creating a haven of relaxed elegance.
Another 28 restaurants were awarded Bib Gourmand Restaurants and 40 were awarded Michelin Plates, with 18 varieties of cuisines included on the list. This showcases the rich culinary culture in Guangzhou.
Representatives accept Bib Gourmand Restaurants award. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
Guangzhou’s catering industry exploded after the first Michelin Guide Guangzhou appeared in 2018. According to Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides, the number of Michelin awarded restaurants in Guangzhou grew from 63 to 79 since last year.
About the Michelin Guide
The Michelin Guide, normally referred to as the Michelin Red Guide, awards up to three Michelin stars for excellent restaurants and hotels selected from 32 destinations. The Michelin Guide continues to provide unique gourmet lists and high-quality services, offering good advice of gourmet chefs as well as benefits to local tourism.
Authors: Monica Liu, Pu Enling (intern)