Edwin Chang is the founder and executive chef of HAKKA LEGEND.
Originally from Mumbai (Bombay), India, Edwin immigrated to Canada in 1988. After a plethora of food service experience and some time in Canada, he quickly recognized that Canada, being the melting pot that it is would whole-heartedly embrace the unique combination of flavours from both India as well as China that he had mastered. Therefore, he founded HAKKA LEGEND as a way to introduce Canadians from all walks of life to Asian Fusion Cuisine.
Proudly partnering with an experienced management team, that together brings over 50 years of food service experience to the table, Edwin and team are abundantly prepared to take Hakka Cuisine to the next level of excellence that is HAKKA LEGEND.
Legend has it that our ancestors, the Hakka people were descendants from the Han dynasty. Our ancestors migrated from northern China to the south during periods of war and civil unrest. The Cantonese-speaking inhabitants of the south labelled the migrants "Hakka" and overtime the settlers adopted this term as their own. The term "Hakka", which we regard as a language and subculture within modern day China and around the world literally means "guest families".
The migratory tendency inherent in the Hakka people borne many to further migrate to regions worldwide, notably Taiwan, Bangladesh, Burma, Indonesia, Mauritius, and India to name a few. The Hakka people known for their resilience and adaptability, thrived in these nations.
In India specifically, successes were attained by the Hakka people early on in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) by means of tannery and footwear businesses. But as time passed on and the Hakka people amalgamated into Indian culture, this Hakka Chinese community of Kolkata infamously created Indian Chinese Cuisine by applying Chinese flavours and cooking techniques with some adjustments to suit the tastes of the local Indian people. Today, the Chinese community have many thriving and successful Hakka Chinese restaurants all over India.
Now, with more Hakka Chinese migrating from India to Canada, we are proud to infuse Canada with Hakka cuisine as well. And at HAKKA LEGEND, we aspire to honour our ancestors by brining “guest families” together to experience authentic Hakka Indian cuisine, culture and most importantly to carry on the Legend...
The literal translation of HAKKA LEGEND in Chinese language is 客家 傳奇 or Kèjiā Chuánqí (Pinyin). This is reflected in our logo as " 客傳 " or Kè Chuán reflecting our philosophy “To evolve for the better”.