The Hong Kong Dai Pai Dong

Dai Pai Dong means "big label" in Cantonese and refers to the permit that allowed these street restaurants to operate. Street dining is an art form in Hong Kong and somewhat now on the wane as the city gets wealthier and the value property means that many of the space that these used to use are now being developed or in some cases, whole areas are being raised in the name of "development". Here is a set of photos taken over the past few years of this fine dining (!) experience in Hong Kong…


A classic old Dai Pai Dong on Stanley Street in Central. Hasselblad 500CM and Fuji PRO160C film.


Ready for customers on Stanley Street - the "Blue Girl" beer jug is a HK classic. Canon EOS1Ds Mark III.


A very famous noodle Dai Pai Dong on Hollywood Road. Comes with low tech climate control. Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III


Ready to open for the day. Queens Road East Wanchai. Canon EOS 1 Ds Mark III


Lots of spare tables for the evening. Stanley Street Central. Nikon F3 and Fuji ACROS 100 film.


Clean my table please! Causeway Bay. Nikon F3, Kodak Ektar 100 film.


Chopstick tin. Wellington Street Central. Nikon F3, Fuji Velvia 100 film.


Lunch time crowd. Stanley Street Central. Nikon F3, Fuji Velvia 100


Street dining Causeway Bay. Nikon D700.

Nikon Scan 2662011

Building site dining. Causeway Bay. Leica M7, Portra 400VC


Dining with a Minibus. Causeway Bay.


Shady seat. Central. Hasselblad 500CM, Fuji PRO160C film.

© David Runacres 2014