Lifestyle • 24 Mar, 2017
LUKE NGUYEN’S MOI MOI LIVES UP TO HONG KONG BUZZ
Contemporary Vietnamese Comfort Food Proves Popular in Foodie Capital
Family ancestry played a part in Luke Nguyen’s decision to open his own restaurant in Hong Kong, which he did at the end of January this year. Speaking to the South China Morning Post recently, the celebrity chef explained that his appearance on the Australian version of the TV show ‘Who do you think you are?’, had revealed a link.
“It turns out my mother’s side of the family is from southern China, a small village north of Hong Kong,” he said. “We met a family member who drove us six hours to meet all of our relatives there, (so) I wanted to explore the cultural heritage of that side.”
Serving what Luke told Hong Kong Tatler is ‘Vietnamese street food with an Australian accent’, Lifestyle Asia has given Moi Moi (meaning “welcome”) the thumbs up. ‘Most of Nguyen’s dishes stem from old family recipes’, their March 20 review reads, ‘and there are more than a few gems on the menu to cement Moi Moi as one of the city’s solid Vietnamese offerings.’
Having collaborated with ZS Hospitality Group in this venture, Moi Moi is an extension of the empire Luke has already created, now encompassing his two Sydney restaurants, Red Lantern and The Fat Noodle, several popular TV series including MasterChef: Vietnam and numerous best-selling cookbooks. At the heart of it all though remains a clear drive that hasn’t changed.
“My goal is to bring Vietnamese cuisine to the world stage” Luke told SCMP, “I want to educate people about the diversity of the cuisine – it’s not just rice-paper rolls and pho.”
Moi Moi is open for lunch and dinner and can be found in the lobby of the Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong.
Photos courtesy of Moi Moi Facebook.
Words by jonaspin