A CHINESE restaurant in Prestatyn has expanded its menu by offering customers more Malaysian and Thai food options.

Chynna Garden, at 120-122 High Street, was opened in 2010, and owner Alicia Kua and husband Jimmy have been involved in the business from the beginning.

The couple assumed sole ownership of the restaurant last July after Alicia’s aunt and uncle retired.

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Alicia said she believes she has tapped into a market untouched by most of the surrounding area by adding more food from her homeland.

She said: “We’ve kept what was on the old menu, but have just added more Malaysian and Thai food.

“They seem to be really popular now; lots of customers just order Malaysian and Thai food rather than any Chinese food at all. They try it, and then a lot of them come back for more.

“The rendang (beef), the Nyonya cuisine, and the clay pork chicken, people really like. With Thai food, our Pad Thai is very popular, and also the green curry and the Massaman beef.

“We are both Malaysian ourselves, so we obviously knew about Malaysian and Thai food. Chinese food is so common now, and people always like to try something new.

“In Prestatyn and Rhyl and the surrounding areas, I think we are one of the only ones around to serve Malaysian and Thai food at the moment.”

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Chynna Garden was a finalist in the Malaysian restaurant of the year category at last year’s Welsh Asian Food Awards.

Jimmy has more than 20 years of experience as a chef under his belt, having previously worked at the now-closed Peking Chinese restaurant in Rhyl.

Alicia added: “Business has been good (since taking the restaurant on fully in July and adding more Malaysian and Thai food options).

“We’ve had a lot of customers come back for Malaysian and Thai food, and we do a lot of takeaways.”

Chynna Garden is open from 4-9.30pm from Sunday to Thursday, and 4-10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Both its restaurant and takeaway menus can be viewed in full on Chynna Garden’s website.