Chef’s top tables: Tong Chee Hwee

The favourite restaurants of the multi-award-winning executive chef behind Hakkasan’s 11 restaurants worldwide

Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle, Singapore

This famous food stall serves the world’s cheapest Michelin-star meal – chef Chan Hon Meng’s iconic dish. Everything about it – from the impressive and unique flavour of the soya sauce to the chicken – gives this dish a complex flavour. The pieces of chicken thigh are moist and unbelievably tender, due to the delicious soya sauce in which they were coated.

Favourite dish: The famous soya sauce chicken rice or noodle.

Ultraviolet by 
Paul Pairet, Shanghai

Hidden away in one of Shanghai’s oldest neighbourhoods, Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet features a 20+ course menu and accommodates just 10 diners a night. Its hi-tech private dining room is fitted with video-screen walls, surround sound speakers, bespoke lighting and scent emitters. I once visited the kitchen during service. Each dish was prepared in 14 portions and only the best 10 were served.

Favourite dish:Foie gras can’t quit and tomato mozza and again.

The Fat Duck, Bray

Eating at this restaurant is like going on a journey. Heston Blumenthal and his team practise a variety of modern culinary developments, like food pairing, flavour encapsulation and multi-sensory cooking. There’s no menu as such, but rather a map of an excursion to the seaside and the dishes follow this imaginary tour. In late 2015 The Fat Duck re-launched after a refurb and the menu was renewed. It’s among the most expensive meals in the UK, but worth it.

Favourite dishSounds of The Sea.

On my wish list…
Narisawa, in Tokyo, Japan, where celebrated 
Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa combines Japanese 
Satoyama cuisine with ancestral wisdom