Mr Huo comes from Lanzhou in China, a city on the Yellow River. He used to drive
a truck, hauling goods between Lanzhou and Tibet, but that is ancient history now.
Like any budding entrepreneur, he decided to come to Phnom Penh and start a small,
family-run restaurant near Psar Thmei, one of those small shops that serves a plate
of dumplings for a buck, and noodle dishes too, among other delicacies all reasonably
The concept was so popular that it multiplied. Now there are more than a half a dozen
Chinese restaurants on that small lane between the market and Monivong. At lunch
time you're lucky if you can get a seat.
But Mr Huo is worried. He saved and invested and has now moved his Lanzhou Noodle
House to spiffier, air-conditioned premises in the New York Hotel a bit south on
Monivong Blvd. He says his noodles are still the same great quality and the dumplings
are still a bargain at a buck. He fears his regular expat customers won't be able
to find him.
So, Mr Huo's regular customers-even including the missionaries-should go visit him.
He misses you, and he knows you miss his noodles too.
But one thing is clear. Mr Huo does not miss driving a truck between Lanzhou and
*** The die is cast, the date is set, the clock is ticking. Hurley Scroggins says
the official grand opening for his Cantina will be Oct 23: Paris Peace Accords Day
and his mom's birthday too.
*** Inside sources say that neither Mr Huo's Lanzhou Noodle shop nor Hurley's Cantina
will ever serve Ostrich tripe. That is because an ostrich may at any one time have
up to three pounds of gravel in its stomach to help grind up food.
*** The process of forming a new government is gaining momentum with each passing
day. When a palace official was asked on Sept 23 "So what's the news?"
the response came quickly: "There is news every day!"
*** Don't miss the latest front page story in Business News. "Shock over girls
with male organs" is a classic piece of quality investigative journalism.