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2015.04.13
Sharing the Joy of Food

After spending a hard day of work and study in HKUST, what is your most relaxing moment? Is it the time when you feed yourself with hot and fresh food for nutrition and energy? Is it the time when you share the joy of food and laughter with your friends and colleagues? For most of us, this is true. To make it happen, though, we are fortunate to have wonderful canteen staff who work efficiently to serve us a variety of food and provide an enjoyable dining experience. Today, we talk to Mr Lam, the Chef from Gold Rice Bowl and Ms Lam from Milano Fresh in LG7 about how they take on this important role. 

Mr Lam is the Chef in charge of lunch and dinner meals for the Gold Rice Bowl. Having spent four years at HKUST, he finds it quite unique here by the energetic feeling that comes with being surrounded by young students. Compared to other places he has worked, our canteen has a good hygienic environment, good team members, and he can get home by 9pm. Remembering the first year he prepared the food for student Orientation Camps, he was surprised by the active side of students from their cheering slogans and team spirit. As a Chef, Mr Lam is most content when students leave no food waste on the plate. When he has time, he comes out from the kitchen to check how much and what kind of food is left. He thinks that food waste comes from unexpectedly large portions, but acknowledges that personal preferences of taste can also play a part. That is why Mr Lam also designs new dishes from time to time to keep up with tastes and preferences. A spicy pork dish that he designed is offered every Saturday and is popular among students; even those from other universities order it when they visit our campus. He always welcomes students and staff to give him feedback on his dishes. 

For those who are passionately vegetarian, you probably have met the smiling lady serving salads at Milano Fresh, also in LG7. Ms Lam Siu Chui has spent the past two years at HKUST, which she refers to as “wonderful” years. Though the salad bar is only offered during lunch, Ms Lam supports green living and believes that what she is serving everyday is fresh, natural and healthy food for our students and staff. She loves her role as she can interact with our students and staff with harmony and meets loyal customers everyday. She also finds our students very polite. She was impressed by a student who humorously asked her if she was adding one kind of sauce that was invisible. Ms Lam said when students graduate or fly back home, they often visit her and take a picture together before they leave. She treasures sharing these moments with our students and hopes they enjoy the fresh salad that she prepares everyday. 

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Ms Lam from Milano Fresh believes that what she is serving everyday is fresh, natural and healthy food for our students and staff.
Ms Lam treasures sharing these moments with our students and hopes they enjoy the fresh salad that she prepares everyday.
We are fortunate to have wonderful canteen staff who work efficiently to serve us a variety of food and provide an enjoyable dining experience.

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