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Master Chef Mak Kip Fu. A Series Michelin Star Awarded Chef 麥協富師傅 |Johor Kaki Travels For Food


Caught upwards alongside Chef Mak Kip Fu 麥協富 during a brief gratis minute only after his busy tiffin shift at his newly opened Mak Hong Kee Kitchen at Keong Saik Road inwards Singapore.


It is only fortuitous that Master Chef Mak opened Mak Hong Kee (HK) Kitchen hither inwards Singapore. Living inwards Hong Kong , Chef Mak together with married adult woman were looking after their grandchildren. When his daughter's trouble solid unit of measurement relocated to Singapore on labor assignment , the doting grandparents decided to motility close their immature adult woman together with her lilliputian ones. 

Parents never retire.

When 1 of Chef Mak's legion of fans turned friend learnt that he has moved to Singapore , he offered him this infinite at Keong Saik Road "to create something instead of staying at home". So , at 1 time nosotros tin relish cuisine past times a Master Chef highly sought after past times prestigious , exclusive restaurants at an informal eatery at affordable prices. 

In Chinese , it's called 我们有口福了 - nosotros stimulate got blessings of skillful food.

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Chef Mak's illustrious career started inwards 1964 at a tender historic catamenia of thirteen , right at the bottom of the ladder - equally an strange labor helper at a dim pith restaurant. In those hard lean years inwards Hong Kong , this was a route many youngsters took to earn their iii meals together with hopefully acquire a science 學一門謀生的手藝.

In 1967 , Chef Mak joined 海天酒楼 in Hong Kong's 海運大廈 Ocean Terminal which opened inwards 1966. The Ocean Terminal edifice is withal at that topographic point today , though the quondam 海天酒楼 restaurant had long closed.

Starting equally an strange labor helper , it was exclusively a twelvemonth afterward inwards 1968 that the immature Chef Mak was allowed into the kitchen. 

"To cutting vegetables?" I wondered aloud. 

"No , to launder dishes" Chef Mak corrected me. 

It was exclusively after a twelvemonth of washing dishes that Chef Mak was allowed to acquit upon nutrient - yes , launder together with cutting vegetables. Chef Mak stayed at 海天酒楼 for 10 years , working hard together with quietly to construct his foundation , getting ready for his large break.

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Opportunity is attracted to the good prepared.

Chef Mak was caput hunted when the legendary Fook Lam Moon eating seat 福臨門酒家 opened their Tsim Sha Tsui branch inwards 1978.

Founded inwards 1948 , the first 福臨門酒家 inwards Wanchai is the favourite eating seat of Hong Kong's rich together with famous. So many of Hong Kong's survive past times echelon assemble hither on a daily dry soil that it is known equally the "canteen of tycoons" 富豪飯堂.

At Fook Lam Moon , Chef Mak met his mentor , the legendary 羅安師傅. Chef Mak estimated that 70% of the best chefs inwards Hong Kong today tin draw their lineage to Master Chef 羅安 - they are either his pupils or pupils of his pupils.

From my brief chat alongside Chef Mak , I gathered that he imbibed 2 principles from his master copy - the importance of the best ingredients together with never to stimulate got brusk cuts inwards preparing nutrient together with cooking.

Master Chef 羅安 together with his pupils assemble regularly , alongside his disciples eagerly taking turns to host their mentor together with alumni at their respective restaurants. The informal gathering is dubbed 羅安学院 or Law Onn Academy.

Chef Mak's meteoric career took off after 2 years at Fook Lam Moon.

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When the Regent Hotel 麗晶酒店 opened in Tsim Sha Tsui in 1980 , the hotel handpicked Chef Mak for their banquet team.

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Chef Mak's side past times side halt was Furama Inter-Continental Hotel inwards Central Hong Kong which is famous for it's rotating eating seat known equally La Ronda.

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In 1985 , Chef Mak returned to Regent Hotel equally the Executive Chef.

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Master Chef Mak's commencement interest alongside Singapore was when Regent Hotel took over the previous Pavilion Inter-Continental Singapore.

Chef Mak remained alongside Regent Hotel for xv years until 2005.

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Chef Mak thence spent the side past times side iv years at the Grand Hyatt inwards Beijing.

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While inwards Beijing , Chef Mak got a telephone yell upwards from his 羅安学院 senior , Master Chef Chan Yan Tak to back upwards him at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong.

Together , Master Chefs Mak together with Chan helped Four Seasons' Lung King Heen 龍景軒 , a fine Cantonese eating seat , clinched the Three Michelin Star Award inwards 2009 - becoming the Chinese eating seat to e'er earned such a high honour.

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From Lung King Heen 龍景軒 , Chef Mak moved to sis restaurant Zi Yat Heen 紫逸軒 in Four Seasons Hotel Macau. Within a twelvemonth inwards 2010 , Zi Yat Heen clinched the Two Michelin Star Award. A most humble together with unassuming human , to an exterior observer , winning was almost a habit for Chef Mak.

Leaving Zi Yat Heen inwards 2011 , Chef Mak was appointed to a succession of Executive Chef together with consultancy stints at other survive past times notch restaurants together with hotels such equally Three Michelin Star T’ang Court inwards Hong Kong , Conrad Hotel Macao , Four Seasons Pudong Shanghai , Grand Bay View Hotel , Zhuhai together with others.

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That's the catamenia when Master Chef Mak crossed path 1 time again alongside Singapore at Yan Ting inwards St. Regis inwards 2013 , returning to Hong Kong inwards 2015.


In December 2017 , Master Chef Mak 1 time again returned to Singapore to opened upwards Mak Hong Kee Kitchen to rest closer to his immature adult woman together with grandchildren.


👉 What it agency for us foodies inwards Singapore is , nosotros at 1 time tin relish the culmination of Master Chef Mak's v decades of sense together with skills inwards an informal casual setting - relish fine cuisines together with Chef Mak's signature dishes at budget friendly prices. Now , everybody tin relish cuisine past times a series Michelin Star awarded chef.

Read to a greater extent than close my take in to Mak Hong Kee Kitchen 👈 click


Restaurant name: Mak Hong Kee (HK) Kitchen
Address: 2 & iv Keong Saik Road Singapore 089110 
GPS: 1°16'45.5"N 103°50'29.6"E | 1.279297 , 103.841548 
Nearest MRT: Outram Park (5-7 minutes walk) 
Tel: 6909 0414 
Hours: 11:30am - 2:30pm | 6:00pm - 10:00pm (Saturday off)

Non Halal  

Date visited: 28 January 2018

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