Favourite Hong Kong restaurants of Sai Kung bakery owner Hazel Cheung
Cheung likes hunting around for good eateries and believes there is nothing wrong with enjoying naughty stuff like fried chicken and fatty pork belly, as long as you are eating a balanced diet
Hazel Cheung is the owner and executive chef of Ali Oli Bakery Cafe, which has been in Sai Kung since 1986. She is a fully fledged student of the culinary arts who has studied gelato making in Italy, curry in Sri Lanka, and breads and pastries across Europe.
I think I am a person who lives to eat. I enjoy everything from roast beef, fried chicken and fatty pork belly to puddings, but I believe in having a good, balanced diet. You can eat everything as long as you eat a fair amount of fruit, vegetables, good protein and not too much of the naughty stuff. Also, I want to be able to enjoy every meal even though it could take just 15 minutes.
I like to hunt around for good eateries. I don’t have a favourite but I do choose carefully for the food, ambience, service and the whole experience. I think Vea Restaurant and Lounge (29/F-30/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2711 8639) is quite impressive, with the dishes featuring exotic, unusual ingredients that are used to create fun and delicious food.
I like taking visitors to Hong Kong to try Chinese hotpot. Bamboo Garden Chongqing Chicken Pot (Shop CF3, 2/F Java Road Municipal Services Building, 99 Java Road, North Point, tel: 3486 6313) is a good option. Also Chiu Fook Steam Stone Pot (various branches, including 1/F, 5-6 Hau Fook Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2723 2781) has a good selection, the ingredients are very fresh and it is good value for money.
I enjoy a casual lunch at The Flying Pan (two locations including 1/F David House, 37-39 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2528 9997) and Pirata (29/F-30/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2887 0270). My family likes going to Branto (1/F, 9-11 Lock Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2366 8171) for vegetarian Indian food. Their dosa is our all-time favourite. However, we eat too much every time we go.
I haven’t been to weekend brunch for a long time, since I took up the bakery business. But my family likes going to Lobster Bar and Grill (6/F, Island Shangri-La, Two Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, tel: 2820 8560) for brunch. The place is very comfortable and while there is not a huge parade of selections, excellent quality is what we’re after.
I also like Cafe Gray Deluxe (L49, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, tel: 3968 1106) and Man Ho Chinese Restaurant (3/F JW Marriott Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, tel: 2810 8366) for their excellent dishes and service.