The Chairman

Hong Kong

A symphony of Cantonese dishes built on age-old culinary tradition

The Chairman

On the Pass

Kwok Keung Tung

What’s the deal? While Chinese cookery is often wedded to longstanding recipes from the past, The Chairman follows an original ingredient-driven – and concept-inspired – path. Traditional skills shape carefully sourced seasonal ingredients, but ultimately yield wholly new contemporary Cantonese dishes.

Trophy cabinet: In 2021, The Chairman earned the No.1 spot in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, becoming the first Hong Kong restaurant to win the honour of The Best Restaurant in Asia, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.

What to order: The perennial favourite is chef Kwok Keung Tung’s steamed flowery crab, a prized delicacy from the South China Sea renowned for its sweet taste. In The Chairman’s recipe, it is steamed with 15-year-old Chinese wine, chicken fat and clam juice, and served alongside fragrant chicken oil and flat rice noodles.

The owner: Danny Yip is a low-key but much respected food connoisseur who prefers to let the restaurant and its cuisine do the talking. He used to own restaurants in Canberra, Australia, before he returned to Hong Kong to open The Chairman in 2009.

On forgotten ingredients: Over the last few years, Tung and Yip have been developing a fresh range of seasonal dishes inspired by forgotten luxury ingredients from southern China. After making pilgrimages to remote villages, the team procured unsung products like 20-year-pickled lemon, sugar-roasted chrysanthemum and elusive fresh mini water crabs.