Milie Kim of Kim’s Spoon at her restaurant in Kowloon Bay – one of 19 she owns in Hong Kong. After running her mother’s Korean restaurant Lee Fa Yuen, she launched Korean fast food in the city in the 1990s. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Milie Kim of Kim’s Spoon at her restaurant in Kowloon Bay – one of 19 she owns in Hong Kong. After running her mother’s Korean restaurant Lee Fa Yuen, she launched Korean fast food in the city in the 1990s. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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Korean fast food pioneer in Hong Kong on proving herself to her mother and her fast pivot to selling supermarket and online meals in the pandemic

  • Milie Kim’s mother opened Korean restaurant Lee Fa Yuen in the 1960s, but didn’t believe her daughter could make a success of Korean fast food in the 1990s
  • Yet she did, and now owns 19 restaurants including Japanese outlet Oishi Don. At the age of 60, she tells Bernice Chan, she is looking to her son to take over

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Milie Kim of Kim’s Spoon at her restaurant in Kowloon Bay – one of 19 she owns in Hong Kong. After running her mother’s Korean restaurant Lee Fa Yuen, she launched Korean fast food in the city in the 1990s. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Milie Kim of Kim’s Spoon at her restaurant in Kowloon Bay – one of 19 she owns in Hong Kong. After running her mother’s Korean restaurant Lee Fa Yuen, she launched Korean fast food in the city in the 1990s. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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