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by chin mui yoon
Joyous moment: (From second left) Dr Ng, Chua, Michelle Yeoh, Francis Yeoh, Choo and Yan celebrating after the grand opening of Lot 10 Hutong in Guangzhou.
GUANGZHOU: Some of Malaysia’s best-loved hawker food is now available in this southern city of China with the opening of Lot 10 Hutong by the YTL Group.
Located at the Tsai Lan City of Fusion Foods, within the Fuli Yingxin building, Lot 10 Hutong is the first international extension of the similarly-named hawker centre at the Lot 10 shopping centre in Kuala Lumpur.
The brainchild of YTL Group managing director Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, the outlet was launched on Thursday to much fanfare with Malaysian actress Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh and international shoe designer Datuk Jimmy Choo in attendance.
Also present were Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, renowned Asian food writer and critic Chua Lam, celebrity chef and television host Martin Yan and city officials.
The outlet boasts of 19 types of hawker fare like Pin Qian Klang Bak Kut Teh, Imbi Road Original Pork Noodle, Soong Kee Beef Noodle, Hon Kee Porridge, Kim Lian Kee Hokkien Mee and Campbell Mini Popiah.
They are among the 30 stalls that have been operating at the Lot 10 Hutong in Kuala Lumpur.
Francis Yeoh said Lot 10 Hutong represented a full circle in the historical and cultural ties between the communities in China and Malaysia.
“Many of our grandparents came from southern China, where they settled in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, or what we know as Nanyang.
“We were brought up on these comfort food, like my grandfather and father, when we were poor and struggling in Nanyang,” he said.
“So, this food represents to me the Chinese culture of fortitude and perseverance,” Francis Yeoh said.
“Many of the stall owners now have three to five generations. With this simple fare, they fed millions of struggling Chinese in Nanyang for decades,” he said.
For that reason, he described the humble food stall owners as “unsung heroes”.
He added that he hoped to bring the outlet to Chengdu where YTL owned the Renhe Spring Zongbei Department Store before venturing into Beijing, Tokyo, Paris and London.
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