Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Gas what?

Reinventing. Re-engineering. Think out of the box. Unfair advantage. TownGas did all that.

Towngas in HK is what PUB is in Singapore. Many of my HK tai tai friends have enrolled their domestic helpers in Towngas classes. No, they were not sent there to learn gas safety or energy saving measures. They were enrolled in cookery classes conducted by HK culinary experts in their Cooking Centre.

Towngas even sells appliances. Want to get a Chinese Pig Roaster? Towngas sponsors cooking competition, kitchen design competition and even has a cafe downtown (Towngas Avenue Cafe, Causeway Bay) which easily passes off as a 5 star french cafe which serves freshly-brewed gourmet coffee and great meals. You can even see the cooking by their chefs. And, by prior booking, you can have a private party in the self cooking areas - either to cook meals for your gf/bf/family/strangers (not sure abt this one) or enjoy pre-cooked meals for your party.

The next time you head this way, try the cafe at G/F., Riviera Mansion, 59-65 Paterson Street. Monday to Sunday : (Including public holidays, closed at Lunar New Year holidays) 10:00am-10:00pm

How does "Snow Crab Leg with Nagaimo in Tobiko Mango Sauce" sound to you? Or Baked Cod Fillet with Salted Egg Yoke (Cooking demonstration), and for desserts, Steamed Glutinous Rice with Apricot & Almond? Hearty Onion Soup with Port Wine in Puff Pastry and Holland Beef Tenderloin with Cognac Pepper Corn Gravy? I can go on...

[post 12/1997]


Blogger Ivan Chew said...

What Towngas is doing could be seen as "our of the box" thinking - they increase demand for gas and utilities by indirectly encouraging the comsumption of gas and utilities. But in some ways, it could be seen as lacking business focus. Only time will tell.

July 14, 2004 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger Legendary Pink Dot said...

Hi Ivan. Yes, indeed you are right about the lack of business focus. Lack of business focus could also mean diversification. Towngas has a few associated businesses. Hong Kong is one place where a "lack of business focus" can be turned into an unfair advantage. You have always have BHAGs and a lack of business focus. These two are not always mutually exclusive.

Anyway, I am a simple and easily contented earthling - where one of my weaknesses is I care too much about foood... food food glorious food. I can hear the "shee jiu ngor chiong" and "foo yu tong choi ngow yoke" calling me..

July 15, 2004 at 9:16 AM  

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