£500,000 investment sees dessert chain open first UK branch in Nottingham
A dessert chain which specialises in dishes made with mango is opening its first UK branch in Nottingham after almost a half a million pound investment in the city.
There are more than 300 branches of Hui Lau Shan across the world and the doors will officially open on Britain’s first store in Market Street on Wednesday (September 23).
The chain, which launched 60 years ago in Hong Kong, serves a range of desserts and drinks made from fresh fruit, with particular emphasis on mango and the company’s signature dish – the Mango Chewy Ball.
The Nottingham branch, which has created eight new jobs and has seating inside for 20 diners, has been brought to the city by Wells Qi, the former owner of Bamboo Bar and Kitchen, in Beeston.
Qi, who owns the franchise for Hui Lau Shan, said: “In Hong Kong there are branches of Hui Lau Shan almost everywhere you go and although the food is completely different the brand is even more popular than McDonalds and Starbucks.
“It is popular for being a casual, affordable and take-out friendly dessert shop and every store is so busy in Hong Kong that it’s nearly impossible to secure a seat inside.
“There is nothing else like this in Nottingham – our desserts are healthy and made from the freshest of fruits, but they are still a sweet treat and during these strange times we all need a little indulgence.”
Although the brand is a household name in Hong Kong, China and Malaysia, there are also branches in Australia, America and Paris.
In Nottingham, the building has undergone a complete renovation, including a brand-new shop front, and is decorated in the company’s distinctive bright yellow, with a unique rippled wooden ceiling and velvet chairs, marble tables and gold finishes.
Hui Lau Shan’s signature mango dessert, the Mango Chewy Ball, is likely to be the most popular dish despite the large menu of fruit-filled desserts such as the bright green durian pancake, as well as taro and coconut-based snacks.
The Mango Chewy Ball starts with fresh mango fruit juice, topped with a scoop of mango ice cream freshly-made every morning on the premises. The kitchen then finishes the dish with chewy tapioca balls.
“We will be using the freshest and best quality mangoes we can source and everything will be freshly made in our kitchen,” said Qi.
“We are expecting the store to be really popular with students and families and this will be the first of several branches we open across the UK.
“We hope that the name Hui Lau Shan will become as a big a name in Nottingham, and the rest of the country, as it is in the Far East.”