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. I am very interested in the way Chef Yu prepared his dishes. He managed to reinvent many classic
Chinese dishes into something new and refreshing and yet appealing to the eyes at the same time.
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. His mouth-watering Sichuan Spicy Chicken dish was featured as a master chef signature dish at Bocuse d’Or in Lyon, France.
Next on the table was a bowl of shrimp and tofu cooked in XO sauce. Although this dish looked simple, it tasted amazing - a true comfort food. I will definitely recreate this dish at home.
His custard glutinous dumplings were outstanding. The first bite instantly blew me away. The use of salted duck egg yolks, candied wintermelon, crushed peanuts, sesame seeds and coconut was genius. The combination of those yielded a sweet, salty and crunchy texture - really pleasant to eat.
Our second dessert was the poached pear in Osmanthus wine - something that I never seen and tried before. The Pairing of the poached pear with the lychee ice cream and dried tangerine slice were awesome. They produced a perfectly balanced flavor.
Xi Yan Sweets
Shop 1, G/F, 8 Wing Fung Street
Wanchai, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2833-6299
Opening Hour : 12:00 – 11pm