Feasting in Asia’s alleys

Feasting in Asia’s alleys: Gritty charm of Hong Kong's dai pai dong

Singapore may place more emphasis on hawker centres than anywhere else, but hawker food is a passion throughout the region. The Straits Times correspondents take a look at the hawker scene in three food-mad cities in the region: Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Hong Kong

Tourists and locals dining at a street near the famous Temple Street Night Market in Hong Kong.
Tourists and locals dining at a street near the famous Temple Street Night Market in Hong Kong. PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO
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Hong Kong may be home to some of the world's best fine-dining restaurants but the street-food culture of dai pai dong, or open-air food stalls in busy streets or tucked-away alleys, can be hailed as a quintessential experience.

Snaking queues are a common sight during lunch and dinner hours as customers brave the weather to try the celebrity-endorsed milk tea at Ping Kee, instant noodles with beef in tomato broth at the ever-packed Sing Heung Yuen, and wok-fried goose intestine at Sing Kee.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 02, 2018, with the headline Gritty charm of Hong Kong's dai pai dong. Subscribe