Inside HKK: Hakkasan’s culinary workshop

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From the Chinese kitchen, whose chefs create unique dishes using both ancient and contemporary cooking techniques, to the expertly crafted desserts that complement the intricate spices and seasonings of Chinese cuisine and the skilfully created wine list, HKK is the showcase for Hakkasan’s industry experts.

Executive Head Chef Tong Chee Hwee, Executive Chef for Hakkasan, heads up the state-of-the-art kitchen, where he and his team work together to create a continuously evolving menu that illustrates his passion for creating complex flavoured Chinese dishes with a modern flair. The tasting menus tell the story of China through reviving and modernising centuries-old recipes, from salt baking inspired by techniques used hundreds of years ago by the indigenous Hakka people of China to using the sous-vide method for delicate cooking of ingredients before they are paired with bold and distinctive Chinese flavours.

The pastry kitchen at HKK is overseen by Executive Pastry Chef Graham Hornigold. He and his team led by talented Head Chef Melanie Nelson-Ström are responsible for creating desserts that explore the relationship between classical European recipes and how they can complement the spices inherent in Chinese cuisine while also standing alone, enjoyable at any time of the day or night.

Christine Parkinson, Head Wine Buyer for the group, has won numerous awards for her creative and innovative wine lists across restaurants such as Hakkasan, Yauatcha and Sake no Hana. The wine list at HKK journeys her discovery of wine: it’s an extensive list that includes wine from both local and far-flung places, and each section is creatively described. The Harmony tasting flight is offered to accompany each dish, and ranges from sakes and cocktails to unique fine wines.

Innovation exists at the heart of HKK. The people who use the restaurant as their culinary workshop are constantly striving: for uniqueness, for experience, for perfection. The journey is just as important, if not more so, than the final destination. HKK is a restaurant where ideas are born, developed and evolved.