It’s pretty rare for a family owned and operated noodle house in Papakura, South Auckland, to get recognised on the world stage.
It would either have to serve the best noodles in the world (which hey, they might) or be doing something outside of the norm.
So when Facebook – as in THE Facebook – blasts a shout to Satay Noodle House Papakura to its 200+ million followers, somethings doing.
Bun Leng, 32, took over the family restaurant in 2017 and it’s how he’s been giving back to his community which caught the eye of the San Fransisco tech giant.
“Covid was obviously tough on hospo. And after I was just looking to give back somehow.
“So I asked my community who’s doing it tough, got a few messages from people saying people needed support…
“I started giving out free meals but obviously can’t help everyone and my business was doing it tough as well so kinda thought of this Robin Hood type thing, where I would ask for donations.
“I set up a Facebook fundraiser, wanting to use those funds to buy meals to then give to struggling pockets in the community / essential workers. I was happy honestly to raise a few hundred.”
Leng raised raised over 5K in a few days and started slanging hot cooked meals to any and everyone in need.
“I’m a super proud south Aucklander, raised here my whole life. Massive garyvee fan like you lot too so just been giving giving giving, have never use social to sell only to increase awareness. And business has tripled last few years off the back of it.”
A few days a go Facebook in San Fran emailed me Leng about his fundraiser and smashed it out across their channels.
Just a casual 209M followers.
“Just feeling blessed, grateful, honoured, humble and overwhelmed man. Crazy”