Cover Chef ArChan Chan will be leading Ho Lee Fook 2.0 (Photo: Courtesy of Ho Lee Fook)

Soho's favourite modern Chinese restaurant, Ho Lee Fook reopens with new head chef ArChan Chan helming the kitchen

A fixture to Elgin Street since 2014, creative Chinese restaurant, Ho Lee Fook shuttered its doors over the summer following chef Jowett Yu’s departure in July. Five months later today, Ho Lee Fook 2.0 will be finally unveiled with top-to-bottom new interiors, and the kitchen helmed by new head chef, ArChan Chan

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Known for serving “funky”, creative Asian dishes, the restaurant has gone through a complete renovation imagined by interior designer Sean Dix. The iconic wall of Chinese lucky cats remains, however, much of the previous dark interiors have been replaced by swanky, elegant tones of scarlet velvet and dramatic Chinese prints that’ll transport you to a Shaw Brothers film set instead.

Guests will also find flashy gold tones, reflective mirrors, elegant mahogany wood tables and walls with vintage wallpaper and artwork from celebrated Chinese artists such as Cang Xin—a luxurious upgrade that rightfully reflects the restaurant’s change of chef and menu. 

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The menu features signature Ho Lee Fook dishes such as the roast wagyu short rib and the prawn toast okonomiyaki with Kewpie mayo, bull-dog sauce, shaved cabbage and anori, to other elevated Cantonese classics including the Stir-fry King which features wok-fried cuttlefish, crispy anchovy with an abundance of chives and chilli; Ho Lee Duck, the restaurant’s own peking duck; as well as the chef’s childhood favourite, steamed live razor clams with garlic, soy and glass noodles.  

If you haven’t heard of Ho Lee Fook’s new chef, ArChan Chan was born and raised in Hong Kong before spending 13 years at Australia’s top kitchens. Prior to her journey at Ho Lee Fook, she called Singapore home for three years, working at modern European dining concept, Level 33 as the executive chef. During her time abroad, however, it seemed like the chef reminisced over her days back home quite a bit, even launching her debut cookbook, Hong Kong Local in September 2020.

“It is almost serendipitous for me, that as I chose to embark on the next chapter of my own journey it aligned so perfectly with the next steps for Ho Lee Fook,” said chef ArChan, “I cannot wait to join the talented team and be part of the next chapter for this ground-breaking restaurant, working for the first time in the city I call home.” 

Dinner reservations for Ho Lee Fok will be available from December 14 at holeefook.com.hk

Ho Lee Fook, 3-5 Elgin Street, Soho, Hong Kong, +852 2810 0860, holeefook.com.hk

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