My Sydney secrets: Dan Hong

19 March 2015

Dan Hong

Dan Hong, Executive chef, Ms G’s, El Loco, Mr Wong


Executive chef Dan Hong shares his Sydney food secrets.

Favourite brunch spot: Pinbone in Woollahra. The bacon maple pumpkin tart is amazing.

Sydney’s best snack: The large fried chicken from Hot Star Chicken in Liverpool Street. It’s the ultimate Taiwanese schnitzel.

My sweet indulgence: The macadamia salted caramel chocolate tart from Lorraine’s patisserie. Best ever.

Best restaurant for a big night out: Sokyo at The Star. Fantastic Japanese with a really fun vibe.

Favourite drinking spot: El Loco Surry Hills of course. Tequila shots with margarita chasers. Delicious.

Best food bargain: Doo Dee Paidang in Haymarket for the spicy street food-style Thai noodles. They start at $4.50.

My favourite food market: I love visiting the many seafood and fruit and vegetable markets in Cabramatta. They’re full of exotic ingredients you won’t find anywhere else.

Dining with a view: Lumi Dining in Pyrmont. It sits right on the water and the food by Federico Zanellato is super delicious.

Favourite NSW winter produce: Black winter truffles. I wait patiently every year for truffle season. At Mr Wong, we serve them shaved on top of fried rice. At home I like to eat truffles with cheese.

Favourite multicultural eats neighbourhood: At the moment it is Bankstown for Vietnamese. Pho An is an institution. I also love the restaurant Thy for the best banh xeo. Great places for fruit shakes and banh mi too.

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