Ying Ng is the owner of the local Restaurant, Kebab Hut in Rexburg. He and his wife moved to Rexburg to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren 12 years ago, but Ying went through a lot more than a move to get where he is today.
When he was just three years old, he fled China to escape a Communist takeover. His father and mother escaped first, bringing the oldest and youngest children with them. Once his parents made it to Hong Kong, they arranged for Ng and his other sibling to escape with their then 17-year-old aunt.
Eventually, they made it safely to Hong Kong, where they worked as much as they could to survive.
“We worked hard and struggled to survive, trying to make ends meet with whatever we could,” Ng said.
In Hong Kong, Ng’s father met missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Eventually Ng was baptized and even continued attending church in England where he later moved with his family. He said that attending church could be difficult, because he was often tired from working late shifts and could not understand the language.
“I would walk from one side of the town to the other side of the town every Sunday, never missed...I just carried on because I knew the gospel was true, eventually I learned,” Ng said.
Ng and his family lived in England for a long time, but eventually his daughter chose to attend school at BYU-Idaho. At BYU-Idaho, she met and married her husband, and they started a family. Ng said the grandchildren are what inspired him and his wife’s move to Rexburg. And it’s a good thing they did, because he now owns The Kebab Hut.
The Kebab Hut has a diverse menu with flavors from India, Korea and more. They even sell fish and chips from England. Ng said that, no matter who you are, you should be able to find something you like on their menu.