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Nancy, Mr Chen & Lucy.

A Passion is Born

Ever since our father founded Mr Chen’s over 40 years ago, family has been at the heart of everything we do. We’re proudly an Aussie family-owned business with a truly Asian heart, passionate about bringing the best of yum cha – including our famous Mr Chen’s Dumplings – to Aussie tables for decades.

While our product range now also spans a huge range of easy and delicious Asian ready meals and pantry staples, our company name still pays tribute to Dad, his recipes and preparation techniques. Family continues to inspire and infuse every one of our products, from Mum’s dedication to seeking out the very best ingredients, to our brother’s adventurous exploration of flavours (you’ll find their stories on our packs).

They’re all part of our family’s commitment to bringing Australians together to enjoy heartfully delicious Asian food and flavours.

From our hearts to yours,

Nancy and Lucy Chen
(daughters, sisters and co-CEOs)

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Who is Mr Chen?

Father. Foodie. Dumpling devotee.

When Mr Chen arrived in Australia in 1978 as a refugee from Vietnam, he brought his love of food with him, and a hunger to build a new life.

Since he can remember, Mr Chen has been obsessed with good food. One of his fondest memories goes back to when his grandmother gave him a few cents to buy a noodle breakfast the next day. Too excited to sleep, and too young to be allowed out in the morning rush on his own, he lowered a bucket to the noodle carts on the street below, to avoid missing out on his delicious treat. And an innovator was born.

When Mr Chen arrived in Australia and wanted an easier name for Australians to pronounce, he even chose Peter as his first name, after the beloved ice-cream brand. And while he may not have learned to speak English until he was 35, his lifelong appetite for learning to cook was insatiable.

Dumplings, however, always had Mr Chen’s heart – and he wanted to share his love for them with all Australians. So, in 1982 he founded the family business, bringing a whole world of authentic Asian flavours and recipes into Australian homes and restaurants every day.

History of Chen Foods

From humble beginnings in 1982, Mr Chen’s is now Australia’s #1 dumpling brand, with a range of over 60 products including yum cha favourites, frozen meals, meal kits and pantry staples.

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Peter Chen founds Chen Foods by bringing the first rice paper to Vietnamese refugees.

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Introduces hard to find Asian specialities like durian, jackfruit and lemongrass.

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Mr Chen sells his dumplings to local Asian supermarkets for the first time.

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Mr Chen’s Dumplings go national – launching in Woolies and Coles for millions to enjoy.

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Mr Chen’s daughters, Nancy and Lucy step up to take the reins as co-CEOs of Chen Foods.

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Launch of meal kits and frozen meals. ‘Democracy Dumplings’ are served at the federal election.

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Plastic trays removed from packaging saves 5 tonnes per year. Pantry range launches.

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Microwaveable snack packs launch. Named as one of Woolies’ favourite suppliers. (Aww…)

Nancy and Lucy Chen in the kitchen

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