Hong Kong will pilot a food truck scheme starting Friday, offering services similar to those seen in the US and Europe.
The two-year program is intended to enhance Hong Kong’s competitiveness as a tourist destination.
Eight food trucks will begin to offer their delicacies at eight locations designated by the government – Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai, the Central Harbourfront Event Space, Ocean Park (area outside the theme park), Tsim Sha Tsui Salisbury Garden, Tsim Sha Tsui Art Square, the Energizing Kowloon East Venue 1, the Wong Tai Sin Square next to Wong Tai Sin Temple and Hong Kong Disneyland (area outside the theme park).
The scheme, first announced by former financial secretary John Tsang in 2015, will showcase Hong Kong’s unique cuisines, as well as its high standard of food hygiene and safety.
Three other food trucks will start operations in the next two months.
While the food trucks are expected to help bolster tourism, their commercial viability remains to be seen.
Operators have invested up to HK$1 million (US$128,902) each compared with HK$600,000 estimated by the government, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Lam Shui-wah, who will operate a hamburger truck in Kwun Tong, estimates that he needs to make at least HK$10,000 a day for five years to recoup his investment, including the cost of the truck.
He said he is prepared to stay in business for at least two years.
Lam urged the government to ease requirements for food trucks to cut costs and attract more people to go into the business.
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