Wilson Mak travels to Hong Kong to be blown away by the Sichuan spicy chicken from celebrity chef Jacky Yu.
By Wilson Mak
On my recent trip to Hong Kong , my friend introduced me to Xi Yan – a modern style Chinese restaurant run by HK Celebrity Chef : Jacky Yu. Xi Yan started as a private kitchen eleven years ago and currently has three other restaurants in Hong Kong and another private kitchen in Singapore. Chef Yu’s private kitchen is one of the most difficult restaurants to reserve in Hong Kong. As I was introduced last minute by my friend, I didn’t get to try his private kitchen. However, I did try out one of his restaurants during my visit : Xi Yan Sweets. One of his signature dishes that I tried really stuck in my mind : Chef Jacky Yu’s modern rendition of mouth-watering Sichuan spicy chicken. In his Sichuan spicy chicken, he added roasted peanuts, century eggs and Shanghai’s mung bean sheets which turned this classic Sichuan’s dish into something new and interesting. The Cantonese century eggs compliment the spiciness while the Shanghainese mung bean sheet absorbs the delightful sauce to bring balance and texture. Just like what chef Yu mentioned in his book: “…Just by listening to or looking at all the ingredients used for this Sichuan’s dish being mixed together will make your mouth water…”
His mouth-watering Sichuan Spicy Chicken dish was featured as a master chef signature dish at Bocuse d’Or in Lyon, France.
Xi Yan Sweets
Shop 1, G/F, 8 Wing Fung Street
Wanchai, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2833-6299
Opening Hour : 12:00 – 11pm
I got two copies of his cookbooks and I recreated his recipe at home. Below is the recipe of his mouth-watering Sichuan spicy chicken. Enjoy !
Recipe slightly modified from “Jacky Yu Xi Yan cuisine highlights”Print
Wilson Mak is a Vancouver based food blogger, home cook and food photographer. His passion for food began at a young age and it was when he got his first digital camera that he started to document his foodie journey, sharing his experience with others through his blog La Petite Vancouver.