The Hong Konger who was aboard the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was the owner of an acclaimed Chinese restaurant in Rotterdam.
The passenger was a 60-year-old man called Fan Shun-bo . He was on the plane with his Malaysian wife named Jenny Loh Yan-hwa and mother-in-law. He was accompanying his mother-in-law back to Malaysia when it crashed.
Fan ran a famous Michelin-recommended Chinese restaurant called Asian Glories in Rotterdam in Netherlands with his wife. It was ranked among the top 10 restaurants in Rotterdam, according to the spokesperson of Royal Dutch Chinese Catering Industry, Fan and his wife had been the members of the association for the past 17 years.
Pang Tai, a Hong Kong seafood businessman in Rotterdam who had known Fan for more than 30 years told Apple Daily reporters that Fan and his wife strived hard to become famous in the local food industry. They often appeared in interviews and cooking programs in the news and on the internet. Fan first came to Netherlands as an illegal worker without an ID card when he was in his 20s. He then got a citizenship. Later, he met his wife who was a waitress in a local restaurant in Netherlands.
According to Pang, Fan was a master at making Cantonese bbq, siu mei. He opened a small restaurant shortly after he got married. Although the restaurant served Chinese food, he tweaked the food to adapt to the Westerner palate. The restaurant got more famous over the years, and was constantly with customers, requiring a reservation of up to a week in advance.
Pang also added that there were no menus as all the dishes were tailored to customers. Fan and his wife would ask what customers wanted to eat and served dishes according to their preferences.
They had a son called Kevin, who is a talented chef working in Asian Glories now. After knowing the news about his parents’ death, he couldn’t believe it. “I thought it was a fake news, but soon I knew that my parents had really died,” he said.
Fan once told his friends that he understood the plight of the impoverished since he was at first an illegal immigrant in Netherlands. Therefore, he was involved in a lot of charity, garnering him respect from the locals. Fan and his wife volunteered at the Netherlands branch of Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation. In March 2011, Fan went to Japan to help with the earthquake disaster relief. Last year, he donated 20 thousand EURO to a an 8-year-old cancer patient, as well as ran a donation campaign for the child. He was considered a “big philanthropist” by many of his friends.
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By Jennifer Hui