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Food trucks in Hong Kong could be a success – if both the government and foodies support them more

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 October, 2018, 3:22pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 October, 2018, 3:21pm

I refer to the article “Hong Kong's ailing food truck scheme extended for two years, but operators say they need more help” (September 27). After the announcement of the extension of Hong Kong’s ailing food truck scheme, the operators said that they were disappointed with the lack of extra help from the government to make their ventures financially sustainable.

As a food enthusiast, I am ashamed to say that I have never tried or even seen a food truck in Hong Kong, although it has been almost couple of years since the food truck scheme was launched. The government anticipated that food trucks could be a tourist attraction and provide an opportunity to showcase local catering businesses. Most of the launched food trucks have a unique theme that makes each of them stand out.

However, not only are the food trucks hard to find, the food on offer is also pricey. Operating a food truck is not easy, requiring a high initial investment, and the government’s scheme, which places restrictions on the locations of the trucks, makes it even harder.

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As a potential customer, I am in favour of the government providing more financial aid and other support to the truck operators to make them more accessible to the public, instead of merely expanding the scheme. Meanwhile, Hongkongers should also support them.

Icelyn Choy, Kwai Chung