2010-04-15 – Hong Kong Street Cafe Dai Pai Dong

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Hong Kong Street Cafe Dai Pai Dong


The food is cheap, the location is the street, the noise is that of a city alive but like so many things of years past they are becoming a rare beast.  Today many people will pay a little more for comforts of air-conditioning and TV to watch.  It will be a sad day when they no longer pop-up on the streets.

The name dai pai dong means “restaurant with a big licence plate”, referring to the size of the licences, which are bigger than those of other licensed street vendors.

Remaining locations:

Hong Kong totals based on 2014 numbers.

Central 10, Sham Shui Po 11, Wan Chai 3 Tai O 1


  • If you can speak Cantonese you can order what ever dish you would likea s there are no set meals.
  • It is customary to have to share tables with complete strangers when there is a shortage of seating that can also happen in established restaurants if you are in a hurry and dinning as a single or pair.
  • “It’s ok to order from different stalls and sit in one area.



The first licences were issued after the second world war to relatives of civil servants who had been killed or disabled in the war, allowing them to open small restaurants on the street and make a living.

Dai pai dong reached their peak in the 1950s. They were about more than just offering a quick, cheap meal; they were a place for working people to gather and talk. They earned the nickname “poor people’s nightclub”, not because there was music or dancing, but because they were a place to socialise. This was in the days before public housing.

But their popularity led to noise and traffic complaints, and in 1956, the government stopped issuing new licences, and prohibited the transfer of existing ones. In 1975, the first cooked food centre opened, beginning a process of trying to shift dai pai dong into a more controlled environment.


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