So Man CHAN

So Man CHAN

“I hope they [youngsters] will continue to strive for Chinese culture, contribute to society, and feel proud of China for its achievements.”


So Man CHAN
Retired Restaurant Business Owner

Origin - Mainland China


Mr. So Man Chan is the man behind the acclaimed ‘Tai Ka Lok’ roast duck. For decades his restaurant Tai Ka Lok has been branded as the best for roast duck in London’s Chinatown. The young Chan worked in a Catholic Church as priests assistant. He later arrived in London with a piece of paper written by the Priest, and according to him, that piece of paper was called ‘The Supreme Article’. Similar to many Chinese that came over to England at that time, he worked hard in restaurants at the start; eventually gathering enough savings to open his own restaurant. Chan became experienced in Cantonese cooking while in Hong Kong as among Cantonese, roast duck was a common dish. With his new restaurant, Chan introduced roast duck to his menu and became the first in Chinatown to serve roast duck. There were times he was discriminated against in Chinatown, with passersby spitting on the restaurant window, disgusted by the roast ducks hanging inside. He was accused of being an animal who eats cats and dogs. However, he swallowed it all and over time Tai Ka Lok roast duck became so famous that it attracted admirers not only from London but from overseas. Nevertheless, when asked about his achievement, what Chan was most proud of wasn’t the success of Dai Ka Lok, but his children. He’s ever so happy that his children have all graduated, are working and contributing to society.