Chestnuts roasting on Kobus Tsang and his mother Tsang Chi-lee’s hawker cart. A common sight on Hong Kong streets in winter, hawker cart numbers are shrinking amid official measures to discourage the practice. Photo: Kylie Knott
Chestnuts roasting on Kobus Tsang and his mother Tsang Chi-lee’s hawker cart. A common sight on Hong Kong streets in winter, hawker cart numbers are shrinking amid official measures to discourage the practice. Photo: Kylie Knott

Chestnuts roasting in an open wok: Hong Kong hawker on a winter street-food staple

  • Winter in Hong Kong brings roast chestnut hawkers to the city’s streets, but their numbers have fallen over the years amid an official crackdown on hawking
  • One vendor, Kobus Tsang, has brought the trade into the 21st century with a cart that accepts e-payment using QR code payments, and a social media presence

Chestnuts roasting on Kobus Tsang and his mother Tsang Chi-lee’s hawker cart. A common sight on Hong Kong streets in winter, hawker cart numbers are shrinking amid official measures to discourage the practice. Photo: Kylie Knott
Chestnuts roasting on Kobus Tsang and his mother Tsang Chi-lee’s hawker cart. A common sight on Hong Kong streets in winter, hawker cart numbers are shrinking amid official measures to discourage the practice. Photo: Kylie Knott
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