THIS IS ME
Our food represents our journey from Vietnam, to Hong Kong, to the UK. Food has the power to connect and bring people around a table and create memories. It's our love language. I want everybody to feel the way I feel when biting in to our dumplings...pure JOY.In March 2020, I was made redundant effective immediately from my marketing job in London. The first thing I made/ate was dumplings. In a state of anxiety and fear, pleating dumplings became my therapy. I spent the next 2 months recipe testing and had 5 weeks left of my tenancy in Royal Wharf, London. I had an idea. I LOVE dumplings, they're a staple in our house and the best comfort food...what if I tried selling frozen dumplings? EVERYBODY needs frozen dumplings in their freezer - they're delicious parcels of joy and super quick and easy to make and ready in under 20 minutes! We made and sold out of our dumplings every week for 5 weeks and launched frozen dumplings in Northampton in September 2020.
This is gramps aka grandad Ly aka my best friend. In 1979, he bought a boat in secret, let 140 people on and escaped the Vietnam war. They didn’t know if they would survive but it was the only way out and chance at survival. They went through deadly storms and my dad and grandad often say, it was a miracle they survived and are here. They made their way to Hong Kong via China and in 1980 they came to a refugee camp (Morton Hall) in Lincolnshire. He saved and changed the trajectory of those 140 lives and the generations to follow.
He is my driving force and the reason I do what I do; I am so proud of who I am and our journey to now. When I ever have down days I remember where I came from, who I am. Our food represents our journey of true grit, resilience and survival.