In 1958 Sam Fat Law and his partners opened the first Chinese restaurant the “Rice Bowl” in Exeter. It was located at number 13 North Street, currently the site of an Indian restaurant.

Before 1958, it would not have been possible to eat noodles or fried rice or green curry in Exeter.

This photo of the Law family was taken around 1960. There are more photos from the Law family album in our gallery section.

You can find out much more about the history of Exeter’s Chinese community on this page.