24 February 2019
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Gregory So (center) with the winners of the Cook-Off Challenge. Photo: GovHK
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Gregory So (center) with the winners of the Cook-Off Challenge. Photo: GovHK

16 mouth-watering dishes win cook-off for food truck scheme

They may look like ordinary snacks and dishes but what makes them unique are the close attention and passion their creators have invested in them.

A total of 16 contestants were declared winners in the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau’s Cook-Off Challenge for its food truck pilot scheme, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The winning contestants and their signature dishes – eight Chinese, four Western and four international dishes – were selected from 51 finalists.

They will be licensed to operate food trucks in eight designated locations across the city. They will start offering their delicacies to local residents and tourists alike before the end of the year.

Among the winners was the five-color dumplings dish, which represents the five generations of the Liu family working behind the project from a small dumpling shop in Yuen Long.

According to owner Liu Chun-ho, each dumpling is the fruit of the family’s hard work, with his mother responsible for the fillings, his grandmother and aunts taking care of the wrapping, and Liu himself on the secret-recipe dipping sauce.

Lam Kai-chung, owner of a local teahouse in Kowloon Bay, garnered a slot in the winning circle with his signature pineapple bun that uses chunks of the real fruit plus cream and premium flour from Japan.

Lam estimates the total investment for his food truck will be around HK$800,000 to HK$900,000.

He remains confident that his new venture will be a success, despite the bleak outlook of the local tourism industry.

Angela, a master’s degree holder from Stanford University, said she quit her job as an executive in the United States to pursue her dreams in Hong Kong.

She was rightly rewarded with her Dragon Fruit Bowl dessert, made of multiple fruits with Smoothies-like texture, making the cut.

Cheung Ka-hing, whose family founded the Garden Bakery, also quit his job as a lawyer in Britain two months ago to venture into the food business.

Cheung and his partner came up with a 15-centimeter-long fried bun called “Victoria Peak”.

He thinks the key to success is to view the business from the customers’ perspective and what they expect from a food truck.

[Chinese version 中文版]

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