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Malaysian-born street vendor set to open restaurant in Twitter's HQ

Published on Jul 6, 2014 1:48 PM
 
Fifth-generation street vendor of 'mamak' descent Azalina Eusope (right) was once pushing a humble street cart selling desserts in Penang. Now she is running a successful food business in San Francisco. -- PHOTO: YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - In an inspiring rags to riches story, a Malaysian-born street vendor who once lived a life of poverty is now set to open a 15,000 sq ft restaurant in Twitter's headquarters at San Francisco's Bay Area.

The fifth-generation street vendor of 'mamak' descent Azalina Eusope was once pushing a humble street cart selling desserts in Penang, until she met her American husband and moved to San Francisco where she is now running a successful business.

"Growing up as a 'mamak' girl is not anyone's fantasy. 'Mamak' is usually at the bottom of the caste system back in Malaysia," she said in an interview with Dark Rye, an online magazine operated by Whole Foods.

"Because of the caste system, 'mamak' people are only allowed to do certain things as a profession," she said.

 
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