The British Hong-Kong Tea Company, London

Hugh Farmer: Does anyone know if this London company had any connection to Hong Kong apart from in its name? This advert is from 1847 courtesy of the superb British website www.gracesguide.co.uk. I don’t know where it was originally published. Note that “Nobility, Gentry, Clergy, Hotel & Boarding House Keepers …may be supplied with packages”. That leaves most of us out […]

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Maui-Kong Ve-Pein (妙供味本廠) – Pioneer of the HK Gourmet Powder Industry

Maui Kong Ve Pein Pioneer Of The HK Gourmet Powder Industry Deatil Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: Maui-Kong Ve-Pein (妙供味本廠) – Pioneer of the HK Gourmet Powder Industry Left: the pai portal of Maui-Kong Ve-Pein on Victoria Road in Mt. Davis today. Right: Maui Kong founder Chang Shun-yen in the early 1950s Near 406 Victoria Road in Mount Davis by the west coast of Hong Kong island is a Chinese pai portal obscured by trees […]

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Three of Hong Kong’s oldest restaurants, Part Two – Forum

Forum First Restaurant Causeway Bay 1977

From Tai Ping Koon, which opened in 1860 and served Sun Yat-sen, to Gaylord Indian Restaurant, open since 1972, to the award-winning abalone served in Forum since 1977, these restaurants have stood the test of time… Another restaurant that has withstood the ravages of the notoriously cutthroat Hong Kong dining industry is Forum, still one of the city’s best-known restaurants. […]

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Three of Hong Kong’s oldest restaurants, Part One – Tai Ping Koon

Tai Ping Koon Restaurant In Guangzhou Courtesy Tai Ping Koon

From Tai Ping Koon, which opened in 1860 and served Sun Yat-sen, to Gaylord Indian Restaurant, open since 1972, to the award-winning abalone served in Forum since 1977, these restaurants have stood the test of time. In a city where restaurants come and go with dizzying speed, those which have stood the test of time are few and far between. […]

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The Dairy Farm, Ice & Cold Storage Company Ltd – employees

Ian Charles Troup Detail From Daughter Lyn Innes

By 1918 (some records say 1916), the original Hong Kong Ice Company joined Dairy Farm and became known as the Dairy Farm, Ice and Cold Storage Company Limited, following the merging of the food sections of Lane Crawford and Dairy Farm. Employees details will be added as information comes in. Andrews, Charles Frederick Assistant, residing at 74 Nathan Road, Courtesy of Gwulo.com […]

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Yakult (益力多): 50 Years in Hong Kong

Yakult 50 Years In Hong Kong Detail B Image 1 York Lo

York Lol: Yakult (益力多): 50 Years in Hong Kong Left: glass bottle of Yakult before 1971; Middle: the original Yakult HK plant at 161 Wai Yip Street in Kwun Tong (Yakult HK website); Right: plastic bottle of Yakult today In the late 1960s around the same time when Japanese instant noodle (see our article on Winner Food and Doll noodles) […]

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Pak Kut Noodle (百吉麵)

Pak Kut Noodle Detail Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: Pak Kut Noodle (百吉麵) Left: Ad of Pak Kut Noodle in 1947 which also mentioned Temple of Heaven brand of gourmet powder. (區少軒等編《香港華僑團體總覽》,香港:國際新聞社,1947 年) Right: Tong Luk-kut, founder of Pak Kut Noodle (Kung Sheung Evening News, 1954-12-28) While instant noodles in its current form was invented in 1958 in Japan by Ando Momofuku and first produced in HK […]

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Castle Peak Pottery Kiln [青山陶窰] or Dragon Kiln [龍窰]) c1940-1982, Tuen Mun – threat from a proposed housing development

The “Castle Peak Pottery Kiln” [青山陶窰] or “Dragon Kiln” [龍窰]) is located at Hin Fat Lane, Tuen Mun, off Castle Peak Road. Information about it can be found in the Antiquities Advisory Board Historic Building Appraisal report N147 shown below. The kiln’s grade 3 status was confirmed on 16th September 2014. However a March 2018 article in the Hong Kong Free […]

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Chinese Preserved Ginger shipped through HK 1913

This report is from The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia 7th April 1913. It adds information to our other articles about ginger in HK. “There has been a general increase in the export of preserved and candied ginger from China during the past few years, the United States particularly showing a growing demand for this sweetmeat. Exports during the past three […]

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Cheong Alum and the case of mass poisoning at the E-Sing bakery

Cheong Alum E Sing Bakery Image Date Unknown Chris Munn

This article was written by Christopher Munn, and first  published in the Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography, edited by May Holdsworth and Christopher. The publisher, HK University Press, and author have kindly granted permission for it to be posted here. Thanks also to Christopher for sending the first image of the E-Sing bakery. The second image was included in the original […]

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