Cover Brisket with XO sauce and freshly baked bread (Source: Interval)

Utilising the live fire ovens ovens at Interval Farmacy, The Chairman founder Danny Yip looks to bring his famed char siu to new heights

For those who despair at the thought of reserving a table close to half a year out at The Chairman, there is a glimmer of hope: the award-winning Cantonese restaurant is partnering with Interval Farmacy at Cyberport for a two-night-only dinner in early January themed around the use of live fire cooking techniques. 

The collaboration has been six months in the making, when The Chairman's owner and founder, Danny Yip, recognised an opportunity to level up his culinary experimentation with the use of Interval Farmacy’s charcoal grill and Stefano Ferrara custom-built wood-fired pizza oven.

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“We only started making char siu two years ago, and Keung (The Chairman’s head chef Kwok Keung-Tung) and I really wanted to experiment with the idea of ‘fire’, and have done a lot of research—but our own kitchen has its limitations. So when I saw the ovens at Interval Farmacy, it clicked," he explains.

The ensuing months saw a flurry of testing and ideation—"We’ve been doing R&D almost weekly at each other’s restaurants", says Josh Ng, one half of the Twins Kitchen consultancy, who operate Interval—resulting in an eight-course menu that elevates the process of cooking with fire to a new plane.

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The first course brings together cold-camphor-smoked caviar atop drunken clams, followed by a whole crab baked on a bed of coarse salt and fresh Sichuan peppercorn in a Chinese claypot, using Interval's wood-fired pizza oven. Then there's roasted bone marrow with The Chairman's housemade XO sauce and freshly baked bread; and a whole beef brisket marinated Cantonese-style, cooked sous-vide, coated in sha cha sauce, then charred to perfection in the grill. Finally, The Chairman's famed char siu and barbecued pork tendons make an appearance, tossed with flat egg noodles, spring onions and goose fat. 

Securing your seat is no walk in the park, though: interested attendees will have to direct message Interval on Instagram, with spots filled at random according to availability. If you aren't selected, there is consolation to be found yet, as select dishes will remain on the a la carte menu at Interval Farmacy beyond the pop-up.

Interval Farmacy, Shop 207, Level 2, Arcade, Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Road, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong


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