Hawksworth’s Hong Kong

Most of David Hawksworth’s guest-chef appearance at Sevva in 2012 was spent in the kitchen, but our reigning Chef of the Year did make some time to explore. “I can’t say enough about the dim sum,” he enthuses. “From the street vendors to three-Michelin-starred establishments, the handmade dim sum completely overshadows what we have here.” Wet markets also grabbed his attention: “Open-air, street-level markets (that defy all Canadian health codes) have such amazingly rare products like abalone, all sorts of offal meats and off-cuts, and hundreds of kinds of noodles.” Here are five of his favourite discoveries.


1. Dim sum at Lung King Heen at the three-Michelin-starred Four Seasons “has super clean flavours, like the dumplings that are encased in the thinnest wrapping, so tasty, fresh, and juicy”

2. Yardbird is “Canadian-owned and has great food and professional service, plus a fun atmosphere and addictive flavours”

3.Otto e Mezzo Bombana offers “contemporary Italian with an in-depth wine list”

4. Tim Ho Wan for “fab low-key dim sum” (see more in our Getaway Guide to Hong Kong)

5. Peking Garden where you must “go for the whole duck-delicious!”


Try: the recipe for chef David Hawksworth’s addictive KFC (that’s Korean Fried Cauliflower) bar snack, a dish influenced by his time at Sevva