Jin Yao is prima ballerina for HK Ballet and recently completed a run of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake in both Hong Kong and Guangzhou
I eat everything. Dancers work very hard so we have to eat a lot to keep our energy levels up. I don't really think about what I'm eating - I just eat what I want. There are absolutely no restrictions imposed on any of the dancers when it comes to diet. When I'm on holiday perhaps, I do try to choose foods that aren't cooked in oil and are fresh, especially when it comes to fish.
I like many kinds of food, but especially Japanese and spicy Sichuan-style dishes. For new style Japanese food, I like to go to Sushi Kuu in Lan Kwai Fong (1/F Wellington Place, 2-8 Wellington Street, tel: 2971 0180). I love sushi and sashimi, so I would definitely recommend trying the toro there.
For authentic and delicious Sichuan food, I usually just wander around Hillwood Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. The street's many Sichuan-style restaurants are all good in their own right, so it's easy just to choose one.
I need seafood to be very fresh, so the best place for Chinese seafood would be Sam Shing Estate in Tuen Mun. All the restaurants there cook the freshest produce, which you buy from the fishermen's stalls. I always get clams and fish. There isn't one particular restaurant I go to.
Another place I like for seafood is the Harbour Restaurant (Grand Fortune Mansion, 1 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, tel: 2818 0101).
Whenever I'm on the mainland, my friends there take me to great places to eat, but I never know what they're called. I do love going for yum cha, as there's always plenty of steamed dim sum available.
For dessert, I'm a yogurt and ice cream fan. I usually go for Smile brand ice creams, which you can find in any Circle K store. Honeymoon Dessert (various locations, including shop 604, 6/F iSquare, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2520 5071) is also a favourite haunt with so many choices, including sesame soup and almond tea.