Date
17 October 2017
Food trucks in Hong Kong may sell traditional roadside snacks such as fish balls. Photos: YouTube, internet
Food trucks in Hong Kong may sell traditional roadside snacks such as fish balls. Photos: YouTube, internet

Hong Kong gears up to revive status as food heaven

Food trucks may soon be doing business on Hong Kong streets, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Thursday.

In an attempt to revive the city’s status as a “food heaven”, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah said when he unveiled the city’s budget Wednesday the government is considering licensing food trucks and allowing more Chinese-style cafés to operate in open spaces.

The trucks will be introduced to tourist areas like Sai Kung, the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and Central. 

The food they sell may include traditional Hong Kong roadside snacks, such as fish balls and cow intestines.  

Feasibility studies will be carried out to look into hygiene, safety, pollution and locations.

Tsang got the idea of food trucks after watching the US comedy Chef.  

Mobile Softee, Hong Kong’s sole food truck business, formerly known as Mister Softee, supports the idea. The iconic ice-cream trucks have operated in the city for nearly four decades. 

The government estimates the new food trucks will each cost at least a few hundred thousand Hong Kong dollars and possibly several million dollars. 

There were still 455 mobile hawker licenses in Hong Kong at the end of 2013. The government stopped issuing the licenses in 1978.

Translation by Vey Wong

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