Favourite cha chaan tengs
Mido Cafe, Yau Ma Tei: The interior design was one of the inspirations for Happy Paradise. I enjoy the tiling patterns, the stairway font usage and colour ways. This classic cha chaan teng evokes the feeling of the old days.
Tsui Wah, Wellington Street, Central: It’s open 24 hours and though it’s a chain, the quality of the Hainanese chicken rice, curries and fish broth for all the rice noodles is always very consistent and good.
The Matchbox, Causeway Bay: Especially the breakfast selection. I like my Chinese all-day breakfast here. I wouldn’t recommend people to eat cha chaan teng breakfast unless they grew up with Spam or understand the idea of eating instant noodles and pork liver for breakfast.
Most admired local chef
I’m very proud of what Vicky Cheng is doing right now. He’s passionate, skilled and integrating Chinese ingredients well into his dining experience with a great space and service team.
Favourite food trend
I’m very into cafe culture that’s executed to an almost fine-dining level and also really like re-engineering menus to be vegetable-driven but with some meat options. My current favourites for these elements are Destroyer and Sqirl, both in LA, and The Black Kettle in Melbourne.
Least-liked food trend
The bone-broth wellness trend. I’m sorry but most soups have been made with bones since forever.