Barry Quek of Beet: "Home means spending time with family"

by: WOM Contributor
07 Jan 2020

Barry Quek is one of the most exciting chefs in Hong Kong right now. His Sheung Wan restaurant Beet might fly under the radar, but it's been a favourite among the city's true food lovers since opening in 2017, making a name for itself thanks to its contemporary European fare that showcases fresh, locally sourced produce. Perhaps this shouldn't be surprising though – the Singapore native cut his teeth at acclaimed  restaurants including Singapore's Joël Robuchon Restaurant and Les Amis, and Melbourne institution Attica.

Ahead of his appearance at The Gourmet Theatre, we steal a quick five with Quek to talk about what home – and its flavours – mean to him.  

The Gourmet Theatre 2020 - Barry Quek, Beet

What does home mean to you?
Home means spending time with family, eating at hawker stalls and trying out new places and finding new favorites each time.

What flavours or dishes remind you of home?
Dishes that remind me of home are Hainanese chicken rice, chilli crab, laksa and nasi lemak. 

What is your favourite dish from home? 
My favorite dish would be nasi lemak. It's a fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaves, traditionally wrapped in banana leaves and served with sambal. It's an amazing mix of anchovies, cucumbers, eggs and fried chicken or fried fish – there are a lot of varieties out there.

What are you hoping diners will enjoy about their experience at The Gourmet Theatre?
I hope the diners will have a good meal and have fun!

At The Gourmet Theatre on 16-17 January, Barry will be cooking:

- Local beets, hairy crab, cashews and smoked ricotta
- Shaoxing ice-cream, mulberries and marigold

To find out more about The Gourmet Theatre and to reserve your seats, head to the official ticketing page