Sweet Mandarin

Author(s): Helen Tse

Biographies & Memoirs

Spanning almost a hundred years, this rich and evocative true story recounts the lives of three generations of remarkable Chinese women. Their extraordinary journey takes us from the brutal poverty of village life in mainland China, to newly prosperous 1930s Hong Kong and finally to the West. Their lives were as dramatic as the times they lived through.A love of food and a talent cooking pulled each generation through the most devastating of upheavals. Helen Tse's grandmother, Lily Kowk, was forced to work as an amah after the violent murder of her father. She honed her famous chicken curry recipe as she crossed the ocean from Hong Kong in the 1950s, and she eventually opened her own restaurant where her daughter, Mabel, worked from the tender age of seven. But gambling and the Triads were pervasive in the Chinese immigrant community, and they tragically lost the restaurant. It was up to Helen and her sisters, the third generation of these exceptional women, to re-establish their grandmother's dream.


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Helen and her identical twin Lisa were born in 1977 and grew up in Manchester UK. Helen's passion for writing began whilst studying law at Cambridge University. She worked as a finance and tax lawyer for Clifford Chance in London and Hong Kong. Since then, she has worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers and won the Young Accountant of the Year Award 2006 for her work on helping companies invest in China. Her passions are food, business and people. These interests have propelled Helen and her two sisters, Lisa and Janet Tse to open an award winning restaurant Sweet Mandarin in Manchester and to follow in their mother's and grandmother's footsteps- www.sweetmandarin.com. Together, they have appeared on TV and radio, and have featured in numerous press and magazine articles, speaking on topics ranging from women in business, food, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, immigration, nationality, Chinese culture and investing in China.

General Fields

  • : 9780091920197
  • : Ebury Publishing
  • : Ebury Press
  • : 0.384
  • : February 2007
  • : 233mm X 154mm X 22mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2007
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Helen Tse
  • : Paperback
  • : Airport / Export ed
  • : 951.040922
  • : 288
  • : ports. (some col.)