HONG KONG, CHINA – Members of the catering industry have expressed an interest in operating food trucks, as debate continues on where these vehicles should park and which department should investigate the idea.

Simon Wong Ka-wo, president of the Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades and also chairman of food and beverage firm Kampery Group, said he is interested in operating such a truck.

“Using a mobile truck, we tried to promote our Hong Kong-style milk tea in July and August. It had facilities to make tea,” he said.

He added free milk tea was served after a license was obtained from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department.

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah announced in Wednesday’s budget that the government will investigate the concept of rolling out food trucks to sell food on the streets.Wong believes that food trucks will suit Hong Kong, which is famous for local and international cuisines.

Wong estimated that operators would have to invest more than HK$500,000 in a food truck which is lower than opening a restaurant.

He said these type of trucks were not meant for hawkers but for those who were financially capable. He hoped there would be more clarity with the catering industry on suitable locations for the trucks to operate.

Restaurateur Yenn Wong Pui- yain, who has opened Michelin- starred restaurants, such as Dudell’s and Aberdeen Street Social, said she was encouraged by the promotion of food trucks.

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