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Lucky Lychee: A Cloud Kitchen In The UK Serving Local Penang Street Food

Today’s story is a little different. We often talk about food news inside Malaysia. But this time, we’re bringing you a story of a proud Malaysian living in the United Kingdom (UK). We believe that native will always miss their local cuisines. Especially the dishes that cannot be gotten elsewhere other than in the country itself. This reason alone has led this fellow Penangite to open a Malaysian street food store in Winchester, UK.

Opening Penang Street Food Store At Winchester Market

Photo: @luckylychee_uk (Instagram)

After moving to Winchester 6 years ago, the 29-year-old Nicole Yeoh longed for Malaysian food.  Alas, there was not much Southeast Asia food available in Winchester. Hence, she started perfecting local dishes using traditional cooking styles and family’s recipes. According to Nicole, cooking these dishes require time and many ingredients. This is because she makes the pastes from scratch to get as near as she can to the dishes’ authentic tastes.

Lucky Lychee UK
Picture: Lucky Lychee UK (Facebook)

Upon the favourable outcomes, Nicole and her husband, James decided to open a street food store at the Winchester market. Since they think it would be rewarding to introduce this food to the local community. The business is named Lucky Lychee as she claims that many of the Chinese restaurants in the UK tend to have the word ‘Lucky’ in them. Also, Lychee is a native fruit from Guangdong and Fujian, China (her great grandparents’ hometowns).

Lucky Lychee
Photo: Lucky Lychee UK (Facebook)
Lucky Lychee
Photo: Lucky Lychee UK (Facebook)

Lucky Lychee Serves Penang Food Culture Inspired Dishes

Lucky Lychee serves food inspired by Penang diverse food culture – the fusion of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and Thai ingredients and cooking methods. Hence, their food is rich in herbs & spices creating a flavourful and deliciously vibrant dish. Their signature dishes are Chinese Meat Pie, and Pork & King Prawn Dumplings. Other bestsellers items include Crispy Tofu Bao, Hoisin Peanut Sauce and the 8-hour braised Beef Rendang.

Lucky Lychee UK
Picture: @luckylychee_uk (Instagram)
Photo: Lucky Lychee UK (Facebook)
Photo: Lucky Lychee UK (Facebook)

Moreover, 50% of their dishes are vegan-friendly. For instance, Sweet and Sour Tofu with Lychees, Mango and Cucumber Kerabu and Crispy Rainbow Spring Rolls. Besides, to ensure that many can enjoy their food, they use vegan fish oil in most of their dishes. Most of the ingredients are not hard to find. But, hard to source ingredients such as sweet potato leaves are replaced with spinach and squash instead.

Lucky Lychee UK
Photo: @luckylychee_uk (Instagram)
Photo: @luckylychee_uk (Instagram)

Lucky Lychee To Expand Into A Full-Fledged Restaurant

Their business begun to grow bigger as their partnership with a famous pub in Winchester, The Mucky Duck was a success. Unfortunately, the pub was forced to stop operating temporarily due to the corona pandemic. Since then, Lucky Lychee only offers takeaway and delivery service.

Picture: The Winchester Guide (Website)

However, the good news does not end there. Have you heard of Gousto Cookstater? It is a campaign to support UK’s foodie by helping independent restaurants thrive. Around 15,000 restaurants were nominated and, listed among the top 9 favourite eateries is this 5-months old cloud kitchen! How incredible is that?

Lucky Lychee
Photo: Lucky Lychee UK (Facebook)

Furthermore, they expressed her dream of opening a full-fledged restaurant that serves more Penang delicacies in the future. She wishes to introduce more local food to the UK community such as Char Kway Teow and Hokkien Noodles. They are currently looking for a place that fits their budget.

Don’t Forget To Try Their Dishes!

Photo: Lucky Lychee UK (Facebook)

Truly, it is hard to find authentic local dishes in faraway lands. Hence, this is definitely good news to all Malaysian currently residing in Winchester or nearby cities. You can order their food via Deliveroo for both deliveries or pick-up from The Mucky Duck. Also, don’t forget to show your support to this fellow Malaysian by sharing this inspiring story with your friends and family. Stay safe!

Address: The Mucky Duck, 84 Hyde St, Winchester, SO23 7DW.

Operating Hours: 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM (Every Thursday & Friday) | 12:00 PM – 9:30 PM (Every Saturday & Sunday)

Contact: info@luckylychee.uk

Links: Website | Facebook | Instagram

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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