Shek Kip Mei
Wedged between the sprawl of Kowloon Tong and the markets of Sham Shui Po, Shek Kip Mei has been a poorer district of Hong Kong ever since it was settled. In the 1950s it was a shantytown for Mainland Chinese immigrants, until a Christmas Day fire in 1953 devastated the area and left some 53,000 homeless. The government introduced Hong Kong’s first public housing scheme to rehouse the immigrants, and the district grew from there. Nowadays Shek Kip Mei still has plenty of public housing, but it’s also home to a treasure trove of lesserknown restaurants and shops, many owned by the locals of the district.