The Patriotic Sauce Maker: Chong Sing-chong and Oriental Soy & Canning

Oriental Soy & Canning Detail Booth At The HK Products Expo Source CMA York Lo

York Lo: The Patriotic Sauce Maker: Chong Sing-chong and Oriental Soy & Canning From the 1930s to the 1960s, Oriental Soy & Canning Co Ltd (東方醬油罐頭有限公司) was a leading manufacturer of soy sauce and canned goods in Hong Kong. In fact, it was the largest player in its industry before being surpassed by Amoy Canning in the 1950s. The founder […]

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Yan Chim Kee (甄沾記) – the Life, Death and Rebirth of the Century Old Coconut Candies & Ice Cream Maker

Yan Chim Kee Yan Choi Yuen In 1947 York Lo

York Lo: Yan Chim Kee (甄沾記) – the Life, Death and Rebirth of the Century Old Coconut Candies & Ice Cream Maker The history of the confectionery industry in Hong Kong would not be complete without including the history of Yan Chim Kee, the prominent maker of coconut candies and ice cream. Founded in 1915, Yan Chim Kee has gone […]

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Duro Paint Manufacturing Company – initial notes

Duro Paint Company was established in 1937. 1948  Orient Paint merges with the Duro Paint Manufacturing Co. in Hong Kong.(1) During the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong Duro Paint remained in operation. (As did China Paint and The National Lacquer and Paint Products Co Ltd.) After the WWII, China Paint, NLPP, Duro Paint and Island Paint quickly resumed productions. In 1946, […]

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A Slice of Heaven – the story of On Lok Yuen (安樂園), Pioneering Ice Cream, Biscuit and Confectionary Manufacturer and Restaurant Chain

On Lok Yuen B Creamery And Milk Plant Monthly Two Pictures York Lo

York Lo: A Slice of Heaven – the story of On Lok Yuen (安樂園), Pioneering Ice Cream, Biscuit and Confectionary Manufacturer and Restaurant Chain Founded and managed by the religious Cheung family, On Lok Yuen was a leading maker of ice cream, biscuits and confectionary in Hong Kong for over half a century, from 1920 to 1974, with its factory in […]

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The General Electric Company of China Ltd, in Hong Kong, information needed

The G.E.C. Of China Ltd, Advert, HK Telegraph 31.5.1924

Can anyone provide further information about the GEC of China Ltd in Hong Kong? This 1924 advert has their location at Queen’s Buildings In Hong Kong. Until corrected I am presuming that the company was a subsidiary of the British General Electric Company (often abbreviated to GEC) which came into being in 1886 (1888?) when the original General Electric Apparatus […]

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Once Upon A Time in Mongkok: Chow Ngai Hing Knitting Factory

Chow Ngai Hing Knitting Factory 1941 Detail Four Image Of The Factory

York Lo: Once Upon A Time in Mongkok: Chow Ngai Hing Knitting Factory One of Chow Ngai Hing’s brands – the Horse trademark. In Mongkok, there are four streets which have names there are associated with garments – Yim Po Fong Street (染布房街, dyeing mill street), Hak Po Street (黒布街, black cloth street), Pak Po Street (白布街,white cloth street) and Sai […]

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Beer in Hong Kong – Part Seven – Carlsberg brewery, Tai Po – opened 1981

Carlsberg Brewery Image Tai Po 1999 Courtesy SCMP

Martyn Cornell has kindly given permission for extracts from his article, A Short History of Beer in Hong Kong, to be posted on our website. The article was published in the Journal of the Brewery History Society, Brewery History, Issue 156, 2012 Martyn has his own blog, Zythophile – Beer now and then, linked below. Despite its title the article is […]

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The Silver-Haired Midas: Kan Koam-Tsing, the Banker and Gold Dealer who backed South Sea Textile and Camelpaint

Kan Koam Tsing 1952 Photo

York Lo: The Silver-Haired Midas: Kan Koam-Tsing, the Banker and Gold Dealer who backed South Sea Textile and Camelpaint Bankers played a critical role in the post-war industrial development of Hong Kong and one particular financier – Kan Koam-tsing (簡鑑清) stood out. Owner of a Chinese bank bearing his name and a major player in the lucrative gold trade, Kan […]

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The Hong Kong Soya Bean Products Company…Vitasoy – manufactured in Hong Kong since 1940

Vitasoy Detail Undated Factory Photo Courtesy SCMP

One of our earliest articles was Linda Kernan’s, The Vitasoy Story, which was sent out in email Newsletter 6 in May 2013. A recent SCMP article provides further information about the company which was started in 1940 by Lo Kwee Seong as The Hong Kong Soya Bean Products Company. As this suggests, “It’s one of a few classic Hong Kong brands, […]

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Beer in Hong Kong – Part Six – the San Miguel Breweries at Sham Tseng and Yuen Long

San Miguel Brewery, Sham Tseng Courtesy San Mig SCMP

Martyn Cornell has kindly given permission for extracts from his article, A Short History of Beer in Hong Kong, to be posted on our website. The article was published in the Journal of the Brewery History Society, Brewery History, Issue 156, 2012. Martyn has his own blog, Zythophile – Beer now and then, linked below. Despite its title the article is […]

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