Sunday, November 05, 2006

Dai pai dong

I took this photo in a side street in Central, just steps away from first class office buildings and high end shops. I think the few westerners here look pretty cool as they were really getting into local life and were so at ease eating at a dai pai dong.
The term "dai pai dong" literally means "big license stall", referring to the bigger size of the actual business license issued to this kind of outdoor eateries. HK people probably have very mixed feelings about dai pai dong, they carry a collective memory of carefree style good food with vibrant atmosphere, while the messy environment and undesireable hygiene standard are hard to fit into the city nowadays. The government has been replacing dai pai dongs with indoor food centres and there are only 28 active and non-transferrable licences, when the current licensees age and inevitably die, dai pong dong will eventually disappear.
p.s. oops, almost forgot to show you this wider shot ;p
Link: a very detailed and interesting wiki page on"dai pai dong"

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (November 05, 2006 7:44 PM) : 

l'endroit donne l'impression d'être conviviable. belle photo et en plus cela tombe bien c'est l'heure du repas.
Je te souhaite un bon dimanche

the place gives the impression to be conviviable. beautiful photograph and in more that falls well it is the hour of the meal. I wish you good Sunday


Blogger Invader Stu said ... (November 05, 2006 9:01 PM) : 

Don't drop the camera on any of them :p


Anonymous w said ... (November 05, 2006 10:08 PM) : 

If I weren't so afraid of the hygiene of some of these places, I would probably eat there often. Some of the best HK classic dishes are on their menus. Love this Dai Pai Dong's furniture! :-)


Blogger Ame said ... (November 05, 2006 10:53 PM) : 

Cool shot Lisi! LOVE the story it tells...nd the little snipits of color here and there! :-) And you're too sweet...yeah, my son had a blast acting...might have lit a fire under him, not sure! ;-)


Blogger Meg Nakagawa said ... (November 06, 2006 4:20 AM) : 

Oh, Lisi, just as I thought you were really going "Bobbie", you show us a more DP-type (if there is such a thing) shot! Are you sure it's Marketing you want to pursue?


Blogger Carlos said ... (November 06, 2006 5:18 AM) : 

It is interesting to see so many different tables and chairs. Maybe they are not very hygenic but believe me I have seen worse. Is food alright at least?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (November 06, 2006 3:19 PM) : 

this is my kind of place! IMHO, the dirtier the place the better the taste of food in my experience :)


Blogger Steve said ... (November 06, 2006 8:40 PM) : 

That reminds me of the Yum Cha restaurants here in Australia. If you want real Chinese food, that's where you go. You can get the kind of food that you won't get in your average, westernised, Chinese takeaway.


Blogger Kala said ... (November 07, 2006 5:32 PM) : 

interesting - I don't know if i would have the courage to try a place if it has bad hygiene though - or maybe I misunderstood it but I like eating outdoors - we just did that this past weekend at the Marina =)


Blogger Lisi said ... (November 07, 2006 9:09 PM) : 

Meg, I sure like this kind of shots once in a's REAL life :-)

interesting that some of you notice the tables and chairs, I never really noticed...and funny note by Kris, the dirtier the better? this one looks ok, I can't really stand those near ditches, wet and dark ;p

Steve, exactly...and I thought chop suey restaurant has gone extinct but obviously it still exist in some smaller cities...


Blogger Sadia said ... (November 08, 2006 9:43 AM) : 

I love this shot. I like observing people without them noticing and what better way to do that then from above. I hope they keep more places like this open, a little sunshine is good for the body and mind.


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