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25-year-old Copenhagen hotdog stand opens in Shanghai


A Danish hotdog stand in China (Private photo)

August 7, 2014
15:17

by Ray Weaver


Humphrey Lau, an engineer working for a Danish company in China has imported and opened a Danish hotdog stand in Shanghai.

Lau opened his project as part of a ‘Concept Store’ which different enterprises in Shanghai use to exhibit products to explain a little about their company’s corporate and national cultures.

Lau is a big fan of the Danish hotdog, saying in a blog in Ingeniøren that he often skips the last in-flight meal on a trip to Denmark to hit a hotdog stand as soon as he lands. He sees the classic Danish hotdog stand as one of the most recognisable symbols of Danish culture.

He believed a hotdog stand and the Concept Store in Shanghai were a perfect fit. As he called it – “heartfelt storytelling”. He found a 25-year-old stand with the help of some collectors in Denmark and set about importing it to Shanghai. That process proved to be a bit more difficult than he had anticipated.

Compared to...what?
In order for Chinese authorities to approve the Danish model, the specifications needed to be compared to Chinese standards; and there are no hotdog stands in China to compare the Danish model with. It took nearly a year to get the approval, during which some involved with the project nearly despaired and built a mock stand, but Lau felt that would “take the heart” out of the whole idea.

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They persevered and finally managed to get an authentic Danish 'pølsevogn' wagon opened in Shanghai.

“Much to the joy of all of our guests; Customers, suppliers, partners, university professors, technical advisors and even competitors,” wrote Lau.



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