Entertaining Guests with Healthy Chinese Cuisine - Choi Fook Royal Banquet

While Chinese restaurants may give off an impression of lack of variety, Choi Fook Royal Banquet is an exception. Adhering to the principle of healthy cooking, Choi Fook Royal Banquet strives to offer a variety of healthy, delicious dishes cooked with quality, fresh and seasonal ingredients.

Mr HO Chi-keung is the Managing Director of Choi Fook Wedding Banquet Group. Nicknamed Brother Keung, he has worked in the catering industry for more than 30 years. He believes that creating one’s own original recipes is the key to leave customers with a great impression. He explained, “We keep working on healthy new recipes to provide customers with more choices. In addition, we attach great importance to the sources of our ingredients to ensure that our customers can enjoy their meals with their mind at ease.”

Bringing out Original Flavours with Light Seasonings

Mr HO added, “To enable our customers to taste the original flavours of foods, we insist on using fresh ingredients from around the world. If the ingredients are fresh enough, it will be easy to highlight their refreshing flavours with just a little bit of oil, salt, sugar or sauce.”

Choi Fook Royal Banquet sets strict requirements for the quantity of ingredients as well as the cooking procedure of its dishes, with a view to providing customers with quality cuisine comparable to a hotel restaurant at affordable prices. In doing so, the restaurant group is able to ensure consistency in food quality across all branches and gain the customers’ confidence with excellent specialties.

Cooking Seasonally in Chinese and Western Styles

Choi Fook Royal Banquet is eager to add new elements to traditional dishes. The restaurant group incorporates new culinary ideas into the existing recipes and applies western cooking techniques to Chinese cuisine. Mr HO revealed that he likes to select ingredients that are in season in preparation of healthy dishes that help maintain the well-being of customers. To relieve the summer heat, the restaurant group offers a number of nourishing double-boiled soups that feature fruits such as snow pears, western pears, apples and Hami melons. Stir-fried scallops with pears and udon in tomato and pumpkin sauce are also great choices in summer time. Over the past few months, Choi Fook Royal Banquet has made a green salad available during lunch hours. Featuring five kinds of fresh hydroponic vegetables, this salad dish is a refreshing and crunchy delight.

Choi Fook Royal Banquet actively promotes healthy eating and has participated in the “EatSmart@restaurant.hk” Campaign for many years. Apart from including “EatSmart Dishes” in its menus, the restaurant group passes on knowledge of healthy eating to its staff, enabling them to recommend healthy dishes to customers. Choi Fook Royal Banquet also makes every effort to support environmental protection. It hosts shark fin-free wedding banquets and features at least one veggie dish in its set menus. In addition, it collaborates with Food Angel to implement a food cycling scheme.

After moving to Hong Kong from Shenzhen in the 80s, Mr HO Chi-keung started working as an apprentice in the catering industry. He worked for various Chinese restaurants, hotels, clubhouses and specialty restaurants on cruise ships. In 2000, Mr HO established Choi Fook Restaurant with his younger brother. Choi Fook Restaurant has now expanded into a restaurant group with 11 outlets. In 2013, Mr HO was named one of China’s top 10 chefs at the prize presentation ceremony of the 13th Golden Horse Awards hosted by China Hotel Magazine.

Extract from CookSmart, Issue 28