Interview with Chef Vicky Lau Featured

The chef behind the Tate Dining Room takes us on a culinary journey of her favorite places to eat in Hong Kong.

by Cheryl Chu

From a Le Cordon Bleu graduate and one of Hong Kong’s most promising chefs, to opening her own restaurant in 2012, Tate Dining Room & Bar – which quickly garnered a Michelin star the following year, Chef Vicky Lau spearheads creative contemporary cuisine. At Tate, each of her dishes tells a unique story through picturesque presentations, aromas, flavours and textures. Chef Lau uses quality local ingredients and draws inspirations from her far-reaching culinary memories in Asia and France. In addition to being a Veuve Clicquot Asia’s Best Female Chef, she also owns a bespoke catering service, Butler. What you also need to know is that Art Basel is happening from March 26 through 31. In honor of this special event, we interviewed Chef Lau and asked for her favorite places to eat in Hong Kong so that, of course, you won't go hungry.

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Her Favourite Breakfast Spot

Sang Kee Congee Shop

"The congee base is cooked with pork bones, lean pork and dried scallops, which is then simmered for hours. I usually add chunks of fresh, tender fish belly for a warm and comforting breakfast that keeps me energized for the morning."

Her Favourite Lunch Spot

Summer Palace at Island Shangri-la 

"Known for their traditional dim sum, Summer Palace’s deep fried chicken wing stuffed with crab meat and onion is my favorite dish. The chicken wing is fried till crispy on the outside, while the meat is tender and juicy on the inside, with crab meat and onion that give it an extra flavour."

Her Favourite Dinner Spot

Seventh Son Restaurant 

"The signature dish, roasted suckling pig, is perfection. This dish must be ordered in advance and can be savored in two ways: either with the skin first then the meat; or the skin and meat together. I personally enjoy having the skin and meat separately as they both have their own unique tastes and textures."

  • Her Favourite Bar

  • The Old Man

    "The Old Man is a bar inspired by the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, American journalist, novelist, and short-story writer. All cocktails are named after his novels. My go-to cocktail is 'The Snows of Kilimanjaro,' made with marshmallow gin, lacto-fermented raspberry and citrus topped with grated gruyere. The ingredients balance out each other and come together like melted cheesecake."

  • Her Favourite Boutique Store

  • G.O.D. – Goods of Desire

    "The brand produces furniture, lifestyle and souvenir items with a distinct Hong Kong flair."

  • Her "Hidden Gem"

  • Heritage Tea House

    "Since 1999, Heritage Tea House serves and sells authentic Chinese teas. They offer a range of selections that are fairly priced. For guests who dine in, the tea sets are served with dried fruits and nuts."

  • Her Favourite View

  • Repulse Bay Beach

    "A good place to get away from the bustling city to simply relax and enjoy the sounds of nature."

    Her Favourite Place for Peace and Quiet

    At home in her meditation area

    "Due to my hectic schedule, it is quite hard to find a time for peace and quiet. Over the years I’ve learned the benefits and importance of meditating to recharge and clear my mind."

  • The Tourist Trap Worth Making Time For

  • Lau Fau Shan

    "Lau Fau Shan is located about 40 minutes away by car from Central. A good place outside of your usual areas for authentic Cantonese seafood, as it’s traditionally famous for fresh oysters."

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