Dai Pai Dongs

HK Magazine - - UPFRONT -

Af­ter World War II, the gov­ern­ment be­gan is­su­ing li­censes to fam­i­lies of de­ceased civil ser­vants, per­mit­ting them to op­er­ate open-air food stalls. Dai pai dongs reached their hey­day in the 1950s by of­fer­ing cheap, quick meals and a place to so­cial­ize. But they also caused prob­lems with traf­fic and hy­giene—so in 1956 the gov­ern­ment stopped is­su­ing new li­censes. Today there are just 24 li­censed dai pai dongs in Hong Kong, con­cen­trated in Cen­tral, Sham Shui Po and Shek Kip Mei.

Find them: Sing He­ung Yuen, 2 Mei Lun St.,

Cen­tral, 2544-8368; Bing Kee Tea Stand,

5 Shep­herd St., Tai Hang, 2577-3117.

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