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