AMSTERDAM - Restaurateur Jenny Loh Yan Hwa, 55, one of those who perished in the Flight MH17 tragedy, was "a Malaysian very important to the Dutch people", her close friend Sharina Karim de Kraker remembers.
Loh and her husband, Hong Kong-born Fan Shun Po, 60, were dearly loved by their community in Rotterdam, where the couple ran two popular eateries, Asian Glories and Dim Daily.
Asian Glories had earned a Bib Gourmand rating from Michelin for its excellent budget meals.
"The place was a haven for Malaysians who missed the food back home. We could ask for nasi lemak, kangkong with belacan, curry mee, anything," said Sharina, 65, a Malaysian who married a Dutch.
"When people went to her restaurant, they would say they were going to Jenny's. She promoted Malaysia in her own way. She was my best friend," Sharina told The Star.
The couple and Loh's mother, Tan Siew Poh, 85, were travelling from here to Kuala Lumpur when the doomed craft carrying 298 people was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17.
Sharina said she also lost another friend on the plane, Malaysian student Mohd Ali Mohd Salim.
"This is a horrible time for us. The Malaysian community is together with the Dutch in this time of sorrow," she said.
Loh and Fan, who was fondly called Popo by his friends here, have a son, 30-year-old Kevin.
On the Asian Glories Facebook page, Kevin paid a glowing tribute to his parents and grandmother and thanked their friends and loyal customers for the support and love they showed his folks.
"On behalf of Jenny, Popo and grandma, thank you so much for all the lovely messages. It gives us strength and energy to move forward," he wrote in Dutch, adding that he would continue to keep everyone informed of developments on his departed loved ones.
On July 20, hundreds of white-garbed mourners led by Rotterdam mayor Ahmad Aboutaleb and Dutch celebrity chef Herman den Blijker held a silent walk through the city in memory of Loh and Fan.
Among other things, mourners laid flowers, including white lilies and roses, on the sidewalk in front of the restaurants in remembrance of the couple.