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A CHINESE takeaway has reopened in Winsford after the coronavirus lockdown

Hong Kong Chef was inundated with record breaking orders from customers last night, Wednesday, after being closed for nine weeks.

Chef Fei Chen, 55, and his wife Yuen-Yee, 50, were thrilled to serve people again with their freshly cooked specialities.

The Weaver Street takeaway has also introduced a new delivery service.

Son Vincent, 21, who works with his parents, said: "Last night was insanely busy, it was literally non stop from the moment we opened to the moment we closed.

"We have been closed since the lockdown came into place in March. My dad was complaining constantly that he was bored.

"I work with dad in the kitchen, I enjoy cooking. I've really missed the adrenalin rush when we get busy."

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Chef Fei Chen fries sweet and sour chicken balls


Customers can collect food in person or have orders delivered but new safety restrictions are now in place.

"Due to social distancing, no one is allowed to wait inside the takeaway," said Vincent. "Please stay outside while we prepare the food and it will be bagged up and handed to you."

The takeaway is now open every day except Monday from 5pm to 10pm, opening an hour later at 6pm on Sunday.

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The couple emigrated to England in 1998 and settled in Winsford.

Fei, who has always worked in the food industry, was born in Fujian in China and Yuen-Yee is from Hong Kong.

"Dad started cooking for his family when he was very young and became a chef," said Vincent, about to graduate from De Montfort University in Leicester after completing a journalism and media degree.

"It was always dad's dream to run his own business so when he heard that the owner of Hong Kong Chef, a family friend, was retiring in 2010, he decided to take it over."

The couple, who have several other employees, love working in Winsford.

"Both my parents work really hard," said Vincent. "My dad loves cooking and mum enjoys chatting to people. Our customers are wonderful. We know them so well, we know what they want before they place their order.

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Yuen-Yee Chen, who fries the chips, enjoys chatting to customers

"Salt and chilli chicken fillets one of best sellers, people love that. Special fried rice is also popular with classics such as chicken chow mein, chicken friend rice and sweet and sour chicken balls."

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