MALACCA: There’s no shortage of hype over The Shore Shopping and Gallery swanky new food court “Lot 10 Hutong” to savour a plate of history ever since it opened its doors to the public recently.
Malacca’s Lot 10 Hutong is the third branch opened after Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur and Guangzhou in China.
Global Lot 10 Hutong director Julian Loh said the franchise was the brainchild of YTL Corp Bhd group managing director Tan Sri Francis Yeoh.
Loh revealed that Yeoh personally persuaded the owners of each of these heritage stalls to open in strategic places in order to preserve their culinary arts for the enjoyment of future generations.
“Each stall is personally hand-picked by Yeoh.
“The country’s second gourmet heritage village was in line with the ministry’s national objective and had immense potential to be the region’s epicentre for food tourism,” he said.
The food court features 19 street food stalls selling famous local Chinese cuisine which have survived over the last 50 years.
The outlet boasts the types of hawker fare like “Pin Qian Klang Bak Kut Teh”, “Imbi Road Original Pork Noodle”, “Soong Kee Beef Noodle”, “Hon Kee Porridge” and “Kim Lian Kee Hokkien Mee”.
The area of the food court consists 25,000 sq ft with over 700 seatings. One of the oldest street food which was setup at The Shore Lot 10 Hutong is Kim Lian Kee which sells Hokkien Mee, from Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur.
Ong Kim Lian came to then Malaya from China’s Fujian province founded the restaurant in 1927.
It is believed that Ong was the creator of the now ubiquitous Hokkien mee.
When people started to ask the name of the noodle, Ong named it as “Hokkien Mee” because he was a Hokkien.
Julian said that Lot 10 Hutong being in the itinerary of tourists seeking to enjoy the best of local food in between shopping and entertainment in the historical city.
“All these brands were family enterprises passed on to the second and third generations.
Most of the original stalls started off as family-owned businesses and passed down from one generation to another.
According to Julian, the vision is to create a platform for the 3rd and 4th generation of Malaysia’s old brand stalls to continue with the business set-up by their grand or great-grandfathers.
Since its first establishment in November 2009, Lot 10 Hutong has attracted the attention of food aficionados worldwide with even The New York Times listing it as one of “Asia’s Top Odysseys”.