The owners of TANG The Asian Food Emporium, Elisa and Sio Tang, are both originally from the former Portuguese Chinese colony Macau. Elisa’s family ran a successful Asian food grocery business there and she, with her husband Sio, decided to come to Australia to set up a similar type of business in Melbourne. Arriving in 1987 they set up their first Asian style supermarket, calling it The Great Eastern Food Centre, situated at 246 Swanston Street. They later moved to Little Bourke Street, closer to the China Town precinct and their business expanded.
In 1994 they moved to their current location at 183-189 Russell Street where they could expand the business to include many different Asian cuisines. They now carry Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Thai and Indonesian groceries, snacks, pre-cooked foods, desserts, fresh produce and fresh meat.
With their adult children now involved in the business, it is truly a family affair. The family never wants to lose the excitement, vibrancy and life of their existing store and enjoy offering their customers both the simplest and most exotic of foods. The next step in their business development is the new branding, which reflects the Tang family’s expertise, knowledge and passion for best quality food. The new name, TANG The Asian Food Emporium tells the story of the Tang family’s journey. New signage on the front of the building proudly displays the fresh name and the owners Elisa and Sio Tang assure their many loyal customers they are here to stay for a long time. A new website is being developed and you can stay in touch via Facebook.