Dave Yu Tsz-hung is celebrity chef Alvin Leung’s right-hand man in the kitchen. He’s just returned from Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, where he marshalled the launch of Leung’s Demon Duck in Caesars Palace Dubai. Now he’s helping two-Michelin-star Bo Innovation relaunch at a new location in Central, on Hong Kong Island. He spoke to Andrew Sun. As a kid, I loved to eat and I liked shopping at the wet market with my mum. I started working in kitchens for extra money while studying in Australia. They would hire anyone, even those with no experience. My first job was at a Japanese restaurant and all I did was wash dishes. It took a couple of years before I moved up to washing rice, rinsing salad leaves, and cutting spring onions. Step by step, I was promoted to making rice and cooking staff meals. I’ve tried everything, from bartending, being a waiter, making bubble tea , even delivering pizza. You can learn something everywhere. At home, I’m not a very picky eater. Actually, I like to just have simple street food and cart noodles when I’m out. A favourite cart noodle place is Wing Nin Noodle (various locations including Shop 2-4, Po Shing Building, 88 Kau Yuk Road, Yuen Long. Tel: 2477 3816). They have shops everywhere now but the original site in Yuen Long is still the best. The hot sauce and beef innards are great. I’ve eaten at Fong Wing Kee (85-87 Hau Wong Road, Kowloon City. Tel: 2382 1788) since I was little. They’re known for their satay hotpot soup base. I would also order the salt and pepper spare ribs rice. Another popular destination in Kowloon City for me is Wong Ming Kee (40-42 Sa Po Road, Kowloon City. Tel: 2716 2929) for noodle soup with beef balls, squid balls, pork balls, all kinds of balls. There’s stuff to eat day and night in Kowloon City. I would say some of my most impressive dining experiences are overseas. Spain is most memorable. Madrid’s DiverXO (Calle de Padre Damian, 23, Madrid. Tel: +34 915 70 07 66) is quite famous for using Asian ingredients and techniques. They even use a wok for cooking. My first meal there lasted five hours. Of course, I was with Alvin and he’s friends with the chefs. But the experience was full of surprises. Normally, I just eat street food in Thailand but I tried Sorn (56, Sukhumvit 26, Bangkok. Tel: +66 099 081 1119) on my last trip and it was really good. They use a lot of local dish ideas and put in a fine-dining context. Everyone knows about Geranium (Per Henrik Lings Allé 4, 8 DK-2100, Copenhagen. Tel: +45 69 96 00 20) in Denmark since it was voted one of the best restaurants in the world. But it is that good. The presentation, service, everything is immaculate. When I was in Dubai, I tried a lot of restaurants but the most impressive one was a Peruvian eatery called Coya (Jumeirah Road Jumeirah 2, Restaurant Village Four Seasons Resort, Dubai. Tel: +971 316 9600).