HISTORY/CULTURE

Last strand: saying goodbye to 70-year-old Hong Kong noodle shop Sun King Kee

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 04 April, 2015, 9:17am
UPDATED : Saturday, 04 April, 2015, 3:07pm

Architect Jason Yung has walked down Gage Street every day since he first opened a studio in the area in 2000.

On March 25, when he passed Sun King Kee at 8.30am and realised the 70-year-old noodle shop would soon be closed to make way for redevelopment, he was moved to document its final week of operation.

"I hope to preserve a bit of the street's spirit and texture," he said.

His pictures show Tong Kim-chi, 68, and his wife, Ma Hau-kuen, at work in the shop and with customers.

The noodle shop started out as a traditional dai pai dong, or outdoor food stall, to serve Central's working-class population - decades before the high-end shops and bars moved in.

Since it moved indoors in 1967, the shop has changed little: the tiles on the walls and floor, the round, folding tables and even the metal chopstick cylinders are all decades old.

Yung, of Jason Caroline Design, is also behind an exhibition of photographs taken during the Occupy movement.

His work, “75 Days of Central", is on until April 24 at Andante, G/F, The Design Showcase, Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central, tel: 2537 9688.

Watch: Decades old shops make way for Hong Kong redevelopment project