HONG KONG — Vicky Lau says while she has had a lifelong passion for food, it was a sense of sheer necessity that led her into the kitchen to cook for herself.
Lau was a student in New York — hungry and very far from home — when she first tried to recreate the tastes and the textures of Hong Kong. It was the start of a journey that would lead Lau to earlier this year becoming the first Asian woman to receive two Michelin stars, for her work in the kitchen of Tate Dining Room, the “French Chinese” restaurant Lau runs on historic Hollywood Road.
“It all really started when I moved to the U.S. and I started craving food from home and I started experimenting,” explains Lau, 40, during a recent weekday visit to Tate Dining Room.
“I had moved to New York, where the food is