Dai Pai Dong

Lek Yuen estate's dai pai dong survives against the odds

It was all or nothing for food seller Cheung Man-keung in 2008. After The Link Reit took over retail space in public housing estates, Cheung, 52, was given a choice: take all six stalls in the dai pai dong at Lek Yuen estate in Sha Tin where his family had sold beef brisket noodles for more than 50 years - or get out.

Saturday, 26 January, 2013, 4:30am

Hong Kong's artists take their hats off to the hawkers of Fa Yuen Street

Sixteen Hong Kong artists will become hawkers for a day tomorrow, setting up their own distinctive stalls among the hawkers on Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kong, to support the colourful street trade.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

URBAN oasis

Happy Valley has been described as one of Hong Kong's most unexpected urban contradictions. On the one hand it is home to the Hong Kong Jockey Club, a racetrack of world repute, and on the other, to prestigious and tightly-held residential pockets, favoured since early settlement, where it's not uncommon for properties to be kept in the same family for generations.

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

One conservation area, two systems

There is no easy formula for conserving buildings with historical value, especially when they happen to lie in areas with high development potential. But the very different response to two high-profile projects - Central Market and Government Hill - provides food for thought. Both are part of the 'Conserving Central' project aimed at preserving heritage in the heart of colonial-era Hong Kong.

7 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Hawkers angry at 'ridiculous' treatment

Mong Kok stallholders hit back at hawker control officers yesterday for what they say is overly strict enforcement of regulations in the wake of last week's fire that killed nine people and injured 34.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Market stalls hit ahead of holidays

Twenty-six market stalls were affected by yesterday's fire, with many who had stocked up for the holiday season losing everything.

However, most stall owners say their losses are small compared with the loss of life in a fire that claimed the lives of nine, injured 34 and affected 160 households.

1 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Gough Street, Central

Gough Street, a quiet thoroughfare on the blurry boundary between Central and Sheung Wan, was once dominated by printing businesses. But high rents brought by gentrification have seen most of those establishments replaced by boutiques and bistros.

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Itinerant vendors a fixture since 2001

They have been a fixture on Yat Tung Estate since it opened in 2001.

Thanks to the lack of legitimate late-night eateries, the itinerant hawkers have flourished, selling homemade meat buns, fish balls with cabbage and food on skewers.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Life on alluvial plains gives rise to unique coastal cuisine

Yuen Long has evolved from a small market town on the northwest alluvial plains to a modern, well-connected, self-contained mini metropolis. In the process, it has spawned some 600 restaurants.

4 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

A craving for congee

Tai Hang has become one of Hong Kong's hottest spots for good food, with stylish restaurants opening every month. Nestled among the new, fancy eateries, there is a congee shop at King Street that serves food the same way it has done for the past 20 years.

20 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

The Script spice up flying visit with a dai pai dong treat

Dublin rockers The Script were in town on Thursday for their show at Kitec Star Hall, and despite their tight schedule (they arrived just the night before their show), they found time to try Hong Kong's spiciest seafood and catch up on football action.

18 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Government urged to rethink ban on new street-food permits

Calls for the government to issue new licences for itinerant hawkers gained fresh momentum after Tai Hang egg waffle seller Ng Yuk-fai was fined yesterday.

Ng says his only choices are to give up his sole source of income or face frequent prosecution because the government insists on maintaining the strict curbs, introduced in the 1970s, on issuing new licences.

16 Apr 2011 - 12:00am


Airlines' fuel surcharge open and transparent

In response to the letter from Patrick Paul ('Airlines must stop charging bogus tax', February 7), Cathay Pacific would like to stress that fuel surcharges are not something we 'sneak in under the tax umbrella'.

9 Feb 2011 - 12:00am


Structural integrity relies on trade's ethics

In the Legislative Council, lawmakers are debating bills submitted by the Development Bureau intended to improve building safety.

5 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Neighbours protest over dai pai dong under cover

The government has breathed new life into Central's dai pai dong but the stalls have grown too big, say neighbouring shop owners in Stanley Street.

Four dai pai dong stalls - traditional eating places established in open areas under canvas - were last year given permission to remain at the end of Stanley Street.

26 Jan 2011 - 12:00am