Glasgow Southside restaurant is up for Gok Wan’s Golden Chopsticks Awards

Fashion guru and TV presenter is co-founder and host of the Golden Chopstick Awards
Fashion guru and TV presenter is co-founder and host of the Golden Chopstick Awards

A little restaurant in Glasgow’s Southside is in the running for a Golden Chopsticks Award.

Julie’s Kopitiam, on Pollokshaws Road, is one of four Scottish restaurants up for a gong at the awards co-founded and hosted by by fashion consultant, author and television presenter Gok Wan.

Julie Swee Lin, Chef Patron at Julie's Kopitiam.

Julie Swee Lin, Chef Patron at Julie's Kopitiam.

The other shortlisted restaurants in Scotland are Harajuku Kitchen, a Japanese restaurant in Edinburgh; The Chinese Manor House, also in Edinburgh; and The Amber Regent, a Cantonese restaurant in Glasgow’s West Regent Street.

The Golden Chopsticks Awards celebrate the best of Oriental cuisine.

Julie’s Kopitiam is run by chef patron Julie Swee Lin. It serves Malaysian food as taught to Julie by her mother.

As well as being hosted by Gok Wan, the awards bash will be attended by a raft of celebrities and industry influencers on April 29 at London’s Marriott Hotel.

The chosen restaurants have been voted for by members of the public over a six-week period, with 20,000 votes registered.

Gok Wan said: “After last year’s huge success of our first ever Golden Chopsticks Awards, we’re going bigger and better in 2019.

“The food industry has been crying out for a celebration of Oriental food in the UK. This year’s awards are already the talk of the Oriental food scene.

“When I was a kid, Chinese was considered very exotic. Today Japanese and Thai are up there, and Korean, Vietnamese and Malaysian are well on their way.

“We are delighted to have finalists from all over the country and covering a range of different cuisines from hugely popular Chinese food to more unusual Vietnamese and Filipino.”