Hello Oriental to open new ‘seriously affordable’ Asian food hall at the Trafford Centre

The popular Manchester city centre gem is venturing out to the suburbs.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 22nd May 2024

Manchester gem Hello Oriental has announced that it’ll be opening a new Asian food hall at the Trafford Centre later this year.

The renowned East Asian street food hub has already taken Manchester city centre by storm since opening its original venue at Circle Square, just off Oxford Road, back in February 2022, and been has receiving rave reviews ever since – with critics notably calling the experience “a lot of fun” and “seriously affordable”.

And now, the Manchester-founded brand has chosen the Trafford Centre as its first UK shopping centre location to bring its trademark street food dining concept to.

There’ll be more than 100 delicious dishes for customers to choose from when the new site opens in the Upper Orient.

Hello Oriental owners and childhood best friends, Ricky Yip and Azim Kourah, say they have selected some of the most popular dishes from the Manchester city centre site’s extensive menu for the new Trafford Centre restaurant.


This means diners at the Trafford Centre can enjoy traditional dishes from across East Asia – including a wide range of Dim Sum, hearty main dishes like Taiwanese pork belly with rice, traditional favourites like beef Ho fun, and loads of different Cantonese roast meats.

There’ll also be a wide selection of street food available, like Korean fried chicken, loaded katsu chicken fries, and three varieties of sticky chicken wings.

The Mancunian gem’s second site will open later this year in the shopping centre’s Upper Orient / Credit: Supplied

There’s also plenty for the little Mancs to tuck into too, as there’ll be a full kid’s menu available at the new Trafford Centre site, with options for both those with “adventurous” junior palates, to those who prefer “more familiar” tastes.

“We’re so excited to open in the Trafford Centre and give shoppers the chance to try our dishes from across East Asia,” commented co-owner, Ricky Yip, ahead of the new opening.

“Many of the dishes on the menu were enjoyed by Azim and I growing up, cooked by my family, or served in family restaurants, and it’s wonderful to see other families come to Hello Oriental to enjoy these flavours.”


Simon Layton, who is the Centre Director at the Trafford Centre, also added: “The arrival of Hello Oriental is part of a wider commitment to champion local and Manchester food talent, and with an exciting food and beverage offering, Hello Oriental is a delicious addition to our ever-growing dining hub.

“We look forward to welcoming them to the centre later this year.”

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Official opening dates for Hello Oriental at the Trafford Centre are yet to be announced, but set to be revealed in due course, so keep your eyes peeled.

Featured Image – Hello Oriental (via Supplied)