A Nepali man who operates a curry restaurant in Chungking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, was attacked and robbed on Tuesday by a masked man, believed to be of South Asian origin.

At around noon, the 43-year-old restaurant owner said a masked man entered his premises as he was preparing to serve lunchtime customers, Oriental Daily reported. The man did not reply to the proprietor’s greeting and suddenly punched him on the forehead.

The owner fell to the floor and was unable to catch up with his attacker after he fled the premises. On returning to the restaurant, he found that HK$30,000 (US$3,846) in cash was missing from his pocket. He said it must have fallen from his pocket during the attack and was taken by the attacker, whom he did not recognize.

Police are searching for a 1.7-meter tall man who was dressed in black at the time of the attack. The victim was treated at hospital and released.