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Dumpling Queen to expand her Wellington empire

Aug 26th, 2014 | By | Category: Latest News, News

Vicky Ha talking to customer

CHATTY QUEEN: Vicky Ha in her Taranaki Street dumpling house. IMAGE: Liam Cavanagh

DUMPLING queen Vicky Ha is about to open a new pop up shop, just weeks after opening her new dumpling house on Taranaki Street.

Ms Ha is a familiar sight on her cargo bike at City Markets and delivering her handmade dumplings to businesses and customers in the CBD.

She says the new Manners Street shop will replicate her Hong Kong style dumpling house on Taranaki Street, but with a slight twist.

It will be a hole in the wall, operating like a market, selling dumplings, noodle soups, and hot drinks for those on the go, says Ms Ha.

But she says it will remain true to her philosophy of good food made from scratch with the best quality ingredients.

Ms Ha says the new pop up shop will be ready and open within two weeks if everything goes to plan.

Finding time in her chaotic life for a new business venture comes naturally for Ms Ha.

She is in the midst of running sold out dumpling classes for the Wellington On A Plate Festival and was at Beervana last weekend feeding the punters.

She says her success is not due to dumplings being trendy.

“I think people like to think it’s trendy but I don’t really look at it like that. I think there is room for anything that is done well,” she says.

Ms Ha says her success is a combination of injecting her personality into the product, good marketing, good timing, and employing good people.

“At the end of the day, I am a problem solver and we provide a solution for hunger.”

Ms Ha also has pop up shops at the City Markets at Chaffers Dock and at the Cuba Street night market.

She has plans to open a shop on Lambton Quay and eventually go nationwide if demand is strong.

A natural entrepreneur, Ms Ha is also talking to breweries about opening up a dumpling beer bar.

She says there are a lot of people with good ideas but people don’t follow through.

“I guess I am a doer and get things done,” she says.

In the meantime, you can catch Vicky and the team at the House of Dumplings on Taranaki Street. For more information go to www.houseofdumplings.co.nz

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