Hui Lau Shan

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許留山
Hui Lau Shan
HuiLauShanLogo.svg
HK HuiLauShan YuenLongOldShop.JPG
The chain's first shop at Yuen Long
Restaurant information
SloganHealth, Leisure, Style [1]
Established1960; 61 years ago (1960)
Owner(s)Royal Dynasty International Holding Company[2]
Food typedesserts: tong sui, nuomici, snacks
CountryHong Kong
Macau
Mainland China
Malaysia
South Korea
Websitewww.hkhls.com


A Hui Lau Shan shop in Tsim Sha Tsui
A mango platter including nuomici.

Hui Lau Shan (Chinese: 許留山; Jyutping: heoi2 lau4 saan1; pinyin: Xǔliú Shān) is a chain of dessert shops based in Hong Kong. Founded in the 1960s as a herbal tea outlet, the chain evolved into a restaurant chain specializing in sweets, snacks and dessert soups called tong sui. Since the introduction of mango pomelo sago in the early 1990s, Hui Lau Shan has additionally been known for its mango-themed desserts.[2][3][4]

The chain was acquired by Royal Dynasty International Holding Company, a mainland Chinese catering chain in 2015 for 524 million RMB.[2] Its Hong Kong business was filed for winding-up in 2020, with Hui Lau Shan citing declined customers attributed to the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests.[5] A settlement was subsequently reached whereby the winding-up petition was withdrawn in July 2020.[6]

History[edit]

Hui Lau Shan was founded by Hui Chi-Yuk in the 1960s. The chain's first shop opened in Yuen Long, New Territories, and started as an herbal outlet selling turtle jelly (龜苓膏) and herbal teas (涼茶).[7] In the 1980s, Hui Lau Shan diversified its business and began to sell desserts and snacks like turnip cake and coconut milk. The practice of using of fresh fruits in desserts emerge in the 1990s, when third generation of Hui Lau Shan created the "Mango Sago". Every year, Hui Lau Shan used up to a thousand tonnes of carabao mangoes in their dessert making process.[1] Since the 1990s, the chain has expanded, with over 260 outlets in mainland China, Malaysia, the United States and Korea.[8]

In July 2007, the third-generation owner of Hui Lau Shan sold the Hong Kong franchise to the Malaysian firm Navis Capital Partners.[9] Owing to disputes by the new Malaysian shareholder over an existing franchising agreement signed between Hui Lau Shan Hong Kong and Hui Lau Shan Guangzhou, the latter was forced to change its brand name to "Tang Lau Shan" (Chinese: 鄧留山).[10] The franchise was subsequently acquired by Royal Dynasty International Holding Company for 524 million RMB in 2015.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hui Lau Shan Official Website". Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Siu, Jasmine (11 March 2020). "Hong Kong dessert chain Hui Lau Shan served with winding-up petition in High Court amid accusations of unpaid rent". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  3. ^ Hang, Kristie (26 August 2019). "Hong Kong's most famous mango dessert shop opens in Irvine". Eater LA. Eater Los Angeles. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  4. ^ Quek, Eunice (17 January 2020). "Mango dessert specialist Hui Lau Shan back in Singapore". The Strait Times. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  5. ^ QZ (13 March 2020). "許留山欠租被入稟高院清盤 去年有至少12間香港分店結業" (in Chinese). Hong Kong Business Times. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  6. ^ "許留山公司被呈請清盤撤銷 官笑言仍可享用「許留山」食品" (in Chinese). Hong Kong Economic Times. 22 July 2020. Retrieved 28 April 2021.
  7. ^ Evans, Grant; Maria Tam (1997). Hong Kong: The Anthropology of a Chinese Metropolis. University of Hawaii Press.
  8. ^ Yang, Jeff (27 April 2006). "ASIAN POP / Dessert Storm". SF Gate. SFGATE. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  9. ^ Sun, Celine (25 March 2014). "Dessert chain offers place to chill out | South China Morning Post". archive.is. South China Morning Post. Archived from the original on 25 March 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  10. ^ "廣州許留山變鄧留山". Apple Daily 蘋果日報 (in Chinese). Apple Daily Hong Kong. Retrieved 4 May 2020.

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