Chef Alvin Leung To Open His First Restaurant In Singapore
It seems like Hong Kong is getting a little too small for Demon Chef and restaurateur Alvin Leung, whose empire includes two Michelin-starred Bo Innovation, Korean establishments Bibs n Hops, Spanish eatery Plato 86, and Cantonese restaurant Forbidden Duck.
It might also be that the opportunity to tempt Singapore's uniquely diverse market is too hard to resist, so much so that it's been confirmed Leung will be opening a local outpost of his Forbidden Duck at the Marina Bay Financial Centre later this month.
No official opening date has been announced, but in an interview with T.Dining, Leung did affirm Singapore's cosmopolitan dining scene. "People are curious about new dining experiences, and I think it’s the perfect opportunity to show off my new traditional restaurant,” he shares.
The menu consists of the restaurant's greatest hits, including its signature Peking-style, slow-cooked roast duck. Admits chef Leung, “I wanted to create a perfect balance between a crisp skin and moist, flavourful meat that should be eaten in harmony.”
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To achieve this, he first slow cooks the duck in an oven at a low temperature to keep the meat soft and tender, then increases the heat in the last 30 minutes for a crisp finish. Even the sauce and buns are customised to “compliment and not overpower” the star poultry, which will be available alongside other winning Cantonese dishes and dim sum.
But not all dishes are a carbon copy of the dishes at the original outlet. “There will be uniquely Singapore dishes created as a tribute to some of my favourite local favourites, such as chilli crab and fish head curry,” Leung enthuses. While he did not elaborate further, as he prefers that diners find out when they visit, one can't help but be excited about how he will elevate these local staples.
So, will Leung be opening Bo Innovation in Singapore next? He admits that it is a possibility, as it has always been on his mind to bring Bo here. He has already brought it to Shanghai and London (now defunct). “But right now, all my time and energy is in Forbidden Duck Singapore.”