Things are heating up at Asian food store
HOT ASIAN food will soon be available for takeaway from Lismore SG Asian Supermarket.
A development application to include the sale of takeaway food was lodged in July and approved last month.
Changes to the store will include a remodelled entry, new benches and sink with the revamp expected to take eight weeks.
Owners Zuan Shi (Tony) and Yanbo Geng (Diane) opened the store in July last year, originally focusing on Chinese and Japanese ingredients and products.
Since then, the range has expanded to include Indian, Korean and South-East Asian foods, including Thai, Vietnamese and Malaysian.
Ms Geng said there has been a strong customer demand for quick and easy takeaway Asian food.
"There's more customers coming in and I think we just need more time to let people know," Ms Geng said.
Originally from China, Mr Shi and Ms Geng met while studying at Southern Cross University in 2010.
After graduating in 2012, they decided to stay in the Northern Rivers and open their own Asian supermarket.
They were married in June last year, a month after their store opened.
After more than a year in business, Ms Geng said the feedback was still very positive.
"We're taking more inquiries if people need more products or if new products come in, we'll ask the suppliers to get what they need."
Each week, Mr Shi travels to Brisbane to source authentic products from suppliers.
"It takes a day for Tony to get there and get all the products and all the items and come back, so it's busy for him," Ms Geng said.
"We've got more variety. People like to shop for things they haven't tried before or used before."
Customers can pick up a catalogue of recipes in store, or look them up on the shop's website.
The store is open seven days a week, keeping them very busy.