Exotic ice cream maker spots a new market

Yeeram'Yee Kwan and her range of ice creams
Yeeram'Yee Kwan and her range of ice creams

The opening of the Moor markets is being seen as a cool business opportunity by Oriental-style ice cream maker Yee Kwan.

For the former chartered surveyor who decided on a fresh career after being made redundant is preparing to launch her first permanent retail outlet when the complex opens on November 18.

She started making ices and sorbets with exotic ingredients such as black sesame seed, exotic fruits, lime and lemongrass, green tea - and Bakewell tart! - at a business unit in Devonshire Green three-and-a-half years ago, selling them from her tricycle at farmers’ markets and at restaurants and delis. She will be part of the Sheffield Food Festival from September 20 to 22.

Now former King Edward VII student Yee is stepping up a gear as the council seeks to attract new independent businesses into the Moor markets. The new parlour will be called Happy Valley after a district in Hong Kong where her parents are from.

“My father, who is living with terminal cancer, is returning from Hong Kong and I hope that he will be proud of what I’ve achieved so far and be here for the opening of our store,” she said. “I remember when he used to take me and my sisters to the ice cream parlour in Atkinsons.”

Yee, who looked for a new job when she was made redundant after ten years, has posted a project on crowd funding website Kickstarter to help raise the funds for her new venture.