Cha Chaan Teng

Dishing up generous servings for the needy

(From left) Pupils Yan Yan, Mei Mei and Him Him enjoy free dinners delivered by Cat Tso's (second from left) restaurant. Photo: Felix Wong

At a time when many restaurants are trying to cut costs to cope with soaring rents and higher wages, one cha chaan teng in Sham Shui Po is doing exactly the opposite - providing meals for the needy.

Monday, 6 May, 2013, 8:45am

Letters to the Editor, April 25, 2013

Charge affordable rents in the market. Photo: Dickson Lee

The government proposes reclaiming 60 hectares of land at Ma Liu Shui. The proposed reclamation would turn part of Tolo Harbour into an extension of the Shing Mun River. The flow of the already polluted river (which is really a nullah) would be impeded, further worsening the water quality.

25 Apr 2013 - 3:03am

Another one bites the dust … Ngau Kee Food Cafe closes after 62 years

Another one bites the dust ... restaurant owner Mak Ping-keung is sad to close his Ngau Kee Food Cafe at 3 Gough Road. Photo: Dickson Lee

Ngau Kee Food Cafe, at 3 Gough Street between Sheung Wan and Central, was forced to close down after its landlord refused to lease the unit out for catering purposes.

22 Apr 2013 - 11:16am 3 comments

Buyers are in the mood for food

Tsui Wah's story of noodles and eggs is somehow easier to understand, says an analyst. Photo: KY Cheng

Shares of restaurant operator Tsui Wah rose on their Hong Kong debut yesterday, prompting more listing hopefuls to rekindle their issuing plans amid refreshed interest in consumer-related companies.

27 Nov 2012 - 3:14am

Baristas need recipe nous and patience

Milk tea from cha chaan teng was once Hong Kong's favourite drink, but these days, coffee is gaining in popularity, says May Man, barista course director at Coffee Lover.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Bite-sized bliss

Let's face it: not everyone likes cha chaan teng. They look rundown and feel like a place your parents used to go when they were younger. Rather, we tend to prefer trendier places without the need for table sharing.

30 May 2011 - 12:00am

Farm-to-fork foodies tuck into fresh local vegetables at annual harvest celebration

Demeter, Greek goddess of the bountiful harvest, would have done a little jig to see the farm-fresh, jewel-coloured local vegetables used to prepare Homegrown Foods' first annual harvest dinner at Posto Pubblico on Tuesday.

14 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Brave Pong's one-man battle with big business

Pong Yat-ming is taking a one-man stand against the property tycoons and big corporations.

The determined 37-year-old has stopped taking public transport and travels everywhere on his bicycle.

He buys from small shops instead of supermarkets and handwashes his clothes.

14 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

A culinary celebration of Cantonese culture

There are probably no more distinctive Hong Kong-style restaurants than cha chaan teng. An adaptation of inexpensive Western food to cater to the taste of local diners, these popular restaurants have, over the years, become an integral part of Cantonese grass-roots culture.

5 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Actress not afraid to get her hands dirty in poverty fight

When local actress-model JuJu Chan Yuk-wan took part in the Miss United Nation International Pageant in the US last year, she told the audience she wanted to help in the battle against poverty.

22 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Hong Kong Dai Pai Dong

Fare General dai pai dong dishes, with a few surprises.

Ambience Informal and comfortable, with simple but tasteful decor. This new restaurant is made to resemble a 1950s dai pai dong, giving diners a post-modern experience of old Hong Kong.

Cost Roughly HK$50 a head.

22 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Preserving a place in our hearts for our not-so-haughty cuisine

Heritage is something that a society inherits from previous generations. It is up to that society to then preserve this heritage for future generations. It is a vital part of the life and unique character of a city like Hong Kong. When we refer to intangible heritage we mean the collective memory of the people, which reflects our lifestyles.

10 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Focus on art as Reebok takes clubbers back to an old 'look'

Sai Ying Pun is not exactly a nighttime hot spot, but that is where Reebok threw a serious party to revive its 1980s-look Freestyle sneaker.

The Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage in Western was hopping on Friday night as hipsters roamed the two-floor venue boogying to tunes and checking out some art.

7 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

King of kitsch brings a taste of 'bing sutt' to Starbucks

If you can't beat them, join them! Admit it, most Hongkongers still prefer a 'silk stocking' milk tea - so named because the tea is strained through a cotton bag - over a pricey mocca-frappa-whateverino. Maybe that's why Starbucks' newest cafe on Duddell Street has a bing sutt corner. Literally translated as an ice room, these dingy shops specialised in cold drinks and snacks.

12 Jun 2009 - 12:00am


How do you feel about the smoking ban after a year?

The 'smoking ban' is a farce that panders to the business whims of the Liberal Party.

Any licensed premises wishing to get an exemption can do so until July 1, 2009, by simply filling out a form and applying to our 'health department'.

20 Dec 2007 - 12:00am