Interview with Chinese Londoner Lucy Mitchell, SeeWoo oriental food specialists
London celebrates Chinese New Year in a big way, with an annual Chinatown parade and a cultural festival in Trafalgar Square. For an insight into London’s Chinese side, we’ve interviewed the Managing Director of SeeWoo, which includes a longstanding oriental supermarket in the West End.
Chinatown is packed with restaurants, but where does all that food come from? Established in 1975, SeeWoo supermarket is a big cog in the Chinatown machine. We interviewed SeeWoo’s MD to find out more.
‘My father Stanley came over from Hong Kong in the early 1960s as a teenager’ explains Lucy. ‘It was hard to get authentic Chinese ingredients, so he opened a supermarket in Chinatown. The business grew and eventually they were supplying restaurants around the country.’
SeeWoo’s operation is a great insight into Chinatown life: ‘We send a lorry to Chinatown at 8am, but if a restaurant has a busy lunch we can barrow-boy rice sacks to them at 3pm.’
With an English mother from London and a Chinese father, Lucy personifies the city’s cultural melting pot – so what does she like to eat? ‘I love dim sum and all Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean food. There’s a lady called Thuy in Angel who runs The Little Viet Kitchen and I love her food.’
Lucy is also the founder of the UK’s Golden Chopsticks Awards. ‘The Asian food scene is massively changing, especially in London’ says Lucy. ‘Filipino food is spreading and in the next few years that will become bigger. I’m excited for that!’
SeeWoo, 18-20 Lisle St, WC2H 7BE
020 7439 8325 | www.seewoouk.com
Read our list on how to celebrate Chinese New Year 2019 in London and discover more Chinese Londoners in our interview series below:
Ellen Chew, Rasa Sayang restaurant founder
Reverend Paul Lau and Eugene Ling, St Martin-in-the-Fields church
Ruby Wu, Dim Sum Master for Ping Pong
An-Ting Chang, CEO for Chinese Arts Now