Food truck invasion

Food trucks are storming Kuantan's commercial hub in a big way. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily

KUANTAN (Sin Chew Daily) -- Jalan Mahkota, the commercial hub of Kuantan, has been given a new lease of life after dark with seven food trucks now offering a variety of tasty cuisines to the locals.

Nordin, a seller of ice blended fruit juice, said food trucks began to make their way into Jalan Mahkota last July. Their arrival has since prompted existing food outlets to extend their business hours to bank on the new crowd after sundown, as they attempt to grab a share of the market.

"The number of trucks has increased from five to seven. Many other trucks also want to come in and they are still awaiting permits from the authorities."

Another food truck operator, 33-year-old Yasmin, specializes in fried kuay teow and noodle.

"Our Malay style wet fried koay teow is particularly popular among the gluttons. Other than clams and shrimps, we also have lobsters and squids for customers to choose from."

She said despite the fact food trucks have been operating in the form of alfresco dining, the health authorities have imposed very strict restrictions on food and environment cleanliness.

She also said the operators would take turns to clean up the street after they end their business for the day at about twelve midnight.


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