Dan Hong

Ex­ec­u­tive chef at Syd­ney’s mod-canto hotspot Mr Wong and Asian fu­sion restau­rant Ms G’s

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I love in­cor­po­rat­ing Aus­tralian na­tive fin­ger limes into my Chi­nese dishes be­cause it gives a nice burst of acid­ity. Ob­vi­ously, it’s not very Chi­nese; it’s very dis­tinctly Aus­tralian cit­rus. I love work­ing with Aus­tralian seafood in gen­eral, and it in­spires me ev­ery day. Aus­tralia just got into cara­bineros, the red prawns. They have them in Aus­tralian wa­ters, but they’re very, very rare. I prob­a­bly get them once a year. And to fi­nally try them – we got them from the deep wa­ters of Western Aus­tralia – was amaz­ing.

There’s this place called Happy Chef in the Sus­sex Cen­tre food court in Hay­mar­ket in Syd­ney’s Chi­na­town. I go about once a week for re­ally amaz­ing Cam­bo­dian-style noo­dle soup.

I don’t eat too much fine din­ing, but I had a re­ally amaz­ing meal about a year ago at Sushi Sugita in Tokyo, and it was the best sushi of my life. It was pretty life-chang­ing.

My three kids love go­ing to this Korean restau­rant called 678 in Syd­ney, and it’s one of my favourite restau­rants – it’s Korean bar­be­cue, and it’s so fun, it’s al­ways packed, with re­ally great beef. I don’t re­alise how I take it for granted how great the beef is in Aus­tralia be­cause ev­ery time I go to Asia, I’m like, “this steak is A$100 (HK$615) for this?”

The sneaker of the year for 2017 was def­i­nitely the Nike Va­por­max. The orig­i­nal pure plat­inum Va­por­max, fol­lowed by the Adi­das Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Run­ner. And then the Off-white x Nike Air Jor­dan 1 rounds up the top three. A few brands used to send me sneak­ers – but they’d send me gen­eral re­lease ones. Ac­tu­ally, for Air Max Day, Nike did send me the At­mos x Nike Air Max 1s, which is prob­a­bly the best pair of sneak­ers I’ve ever been gifted.

I re­ally love watch­ing TV shows like Chef’s Table and The Mind of a Chef, but I also love Great Bri­tish Menu. I think it’s great. And ob­vi­ously, Top Chef is fan­tas­tic.

We’ve got a char­coal bar­be­cue on the bal­cony, so usu­ally we buy a re­ally good qual­ity steak or go to the fish mar­kets, get some seafood, light that char­coal bar­be­cue up and cook steak, some prawns, make a nice dip­ping sauce.

My old­est is five, but she bakes. I help her make muffins, cook­ies. She loves cook­ing. Ac­tu­ally, we love watch­ing The Great Bri­tish Bake Off to­gether, that’s an­other one of my favourite shows.

There was once a cus­tomer that com­plained that the deep-fried ice cream was cold. I was like, “it’s ice cream!”

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