Street Hawk­ers

HK Magazine - - UPFRONT -

Grab­bing your fix of fish balls and “stuffed three trea­sures” is get­ting tougher by the day—and it’s not be­cause of all the carbs. When the gov­ern­ment stopped is­su­ing new hawker li­cences in the 70s, the num­ber of le­gal hawk­ers took a big dip, from 50,000 in 1974 to less than 6,200 by the end of 2015.

The sounds of “zau gwai”— the cry that went up be­tween hawk­ers to es­cape rov­ing en­force­ment of­fi­cials—might never be heard again.

Get street hawked: Look out for the roasted ch­est­nut hawk­ers, who still sell their pip­ing-hot bags of brown gold on the streets in the cooler months.

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