|Xie invites a journalist to have Chinese hamburgers at his food truck. (Photo/ Dahe news)|
A new Chinese restaurant called Uncle Luoyang is set to open soon at the juncture of Amsterdam Avenue and 105th street in New York, the U.S. The restaurant, mainly serving Chinese hot pot, is an offshoot of a food truck catering to Columbia students.
The owner, Xie Yunfeng has received many great reviews for his food truck in front of the Columbia University. And his story is getting known by people in China.
There are many items on the menu, such as shashlik, rice with meat and vegetables, dumplings and noodles. The most popular item is Chinese hamburger, 4-5 us dollars each. 70 percent of the customers are Chinese students. The food is also loved by local residents and campus police as well.
Living in a foreign country is very difficult for Xie at first. When he came to the US in 2011, he cannot speak any English, even the numbers.
He used to be an apprentice in a local motorcycle repairing shop at his hometown Mengjin county, central China's Henan province after graduating from high school. With the help of his friends, he decided to set up a food track and sell Chinese food and snacks.
It is not that easy to run a food truck in the U.S. Xie had to pay more than 500 U.S. dollars to rent the food truck. The cost per month, including tax, maintenance expenses, fuel and food materials, is not a small amount of money. He was once fined 1,000 U.S. dollars for unintended violation of the local rules for food stalls.
Now, with his own efforts, Uncle Luoyang has his own car and a 1,000-square-meter hot pot restaurant is about to open. He bought house for the family, his wife and two children, in his hometown in China.
Xie said that he has rented another food truck to fulfill his ambition of building a Chinese fast food chain like KFC.