Dai Pai Dongs
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.