Restaurateur Alan Yau enters South-east Asia with first outlet in Singapore

"The challenge is not about whether Singapore is saturated with Chinese restaurants serving a mainly Chinese clientele. It is about whether you define the product layering as special enough and consistent enough to make it a success," says Hong Kong-
"The challenge is not about whether Singapore is saturated with Chinese restaurants serving a mainly Chinese clientele. It is about whether you define the product layering as special enough and consistent enough to make it a success," says Hong Kong-born restaurateur Alan Yau.PHOTO: MADAME FAN

(BUSINESS TIMES) - Mr Alan Yau is the man who made noodles trendy in Britain - if not the rest of the world - sending thousands to slurp up meals-in-a-bowl at the ground-breaking Wagamama chain of eateries that the Hong Kong-born restaurant-entrepreneur founded in 1992.

In a career spanning almost 30 years, Mr Yau, 56, has earned an OBE, or Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for his contribution to the restaurant industry in Britain, having created some of the most memorable restaurants in London, including Hakkasan, Yautcha, Busaba Eathai, Babaji Pide and the temple of Oriental opulence, Park Chinois.

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