NEW FOOD OFFERING AT 888 EXPRESS ON BYRES ROAD
888 Express has relaunched with a Hong Kong street food offering.
Owner Tom Lei says he is hoping to create the same vibe with food on Byres Road as he has at Dumpling Monkey, which he opened on Dumbarton Road in 2013.
Tom is proud of his Chinese heritage. And he is equally passionate about his Scottish home.
“We have brought in Hong Kong street food to accompany the grocery side of things,” Tom, 44, explains.
“We think that is a nice hybrid model and it will give everybody something that they can take home.
“I canvassed a lot of opinion, and I really think the business lends itself to Byres Road and it’s a very good location.”
He says: “My business ethos has always been to promote the West End as a melting pot of cultures.
“We are a very inclusive society and in recent years Chinese students have become a massive driver of the local economy.
“We always serve Chinese students and local people in the same premises - that was what Dumpling Monkey is all about and it has been very successful.
“So that is what we want to do with 888 Express.”
He adds: “It was very difficult to get the right premises on Byres Road and when Peckham’s had to close I jumped at the chance.”
Tom has lived in the West End since he arrived in Scotland with his parents aged 12 .
He studied engineering at the University of Glasgow in the 1990s and still stays in the Hillhead flat where he lived as a student.
888 Express offers a compact and traditional menu of Hong Kong Style roast meat along with other all time classics.
The star of the show is the Mixed Roast - a combination of Roast Duck, Char Sui and Crispy Pork Belly, roasted daily in 888’s traditional oven.
All is set on top of a choice of rice or noodles, and served with home made BBQ sauce and plum sauce.
Tom says: “We like to think we have a cult following at Dumpling Monkey.
“Now we are hoping to do the same on Byres Road.”
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