Feuding Yung Kee family come together to mourn Kinsen Kam

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 October, 2016, 2:38pm

Members of a family divided by a bitter fight over the ownership of one of the city's most famous restaurants yesterday set aside their feud to mourn one of their members.

Ronald Kam Kwan-lai, who has been battling his late brother Kinsen Kam Kwan-sing in court over the Yung Kee Restaurant in Central, was red-eyed and visibly distraught as he arrived at the Hong Kong Funeral Home in North Point for a private memorial service.

Kinsen died on October 5, weeks before the next court date in the dispute that has gone on for two years.

Public figures who sent wreaths to the memorial service included the two former chief executives - Tung Chee-hwa and Donald Tsang Yam-kuen - as well as famed author Louis Cha Leung-yung.

Hospital Authority chairman Anthony Wu Ting-yuk attended the service, as did celebrity food critic Chua Lam, actress Cherie Chung Chor-hung and Yung Kee employees.

The funeral hall, decorated in white and with a picture of the late restaurateur above an altar, echoed with Buddhist chants.

Kinsen, 66, was the elder son of the Yung Kee Restaurant founder Kam Shui-fai.

He and Ronald ran the Chinese restaurant - famed for its roast goose and fine cuisine - together. But the brothers' relationship turned to enmity after their father died in 2004.

Kinsen petitioned the court in 2010 to wind up the holding company unless Ronald agreed to buy his 45 per cent stake.

The case was heard early this year and a ruling was due on Wednesday on the fate of the Michelin-starred restaurant.

But on October 5, Kinsen was found unconscious in his Happy Valley home and was later certified dead in hospital.

His family members have declined to discuss the circumstances surrounding his death, although some press reports said he died of respiratory disease.

During the funeral today, family members say, the hearse will pass Kinsen's home and Yung Kee Restaurant in Wellington Street in Central before heading to the Cape Collinson Crematorium in Chai Wan.