Monday, September 24, 2007

Da Pai Dang (sidewalk food stall, 大排檔)

Da Pai Dang is a Cantonese word, which means the dining booth located at the street-side, outdoor and open-air. People sitting at the street side, having delicious of Chinese style food. Various types of food are provided by Da Pai Dang, say, dishes are fried by wok, a Chinese type of cooking pan, with shape of V; steaming of fresh sea-food; won-ton noodle; Chinese style congee or rice etc.

Nowadays, some of the Da Pai Dang are moving to indoor, with air-conditioning, however, the street-side eating culture can represent Hong Kong style, so Da Pai Dang are still be found in some area of the city.

These booths located in Chai Wan, an indoor wet market, without air-condition, therefore, they still keeping the traditional culture: "seems to be dirty".

6 comments:

Dickie said...

This is nearby to where I live!

Paul said...

Since the weather in Hong Kong is very hot and wet. It is very ncomfortable to have meal in Da Pai Dang especially in high summer and the running of traditional outdoor Da Pai Dang become more difficult. As a result, Da Pai Dang move to indoor to have air-condition instead.

George Lee said...

I remember in my childhood, my family took me to Da Pai Dang for dinner in winter. I like "Bao Chai Feng" very much. It is a kind of steamed rice in pot with chicken, mushoom, Chinese sausages, port. It is very delicous and get the body warmed up very fast in cold winter. I don't know where in HK where I can eat "Bao Chai Fneg". Any idea?

On On said...

Such kind of steamed rice becomes popular in most local style fast food restaurants. But the most delicious one i ever tried is inside Temple Street in Jordan (next MTR station to TST).

George Lee said...

Then, I must try the stream rice in pot some days at Temple streat. haha.

Edmond said...

I also love steamed rice (Bo Chai Feng) in Temple Street very much.

Btw, Temple Street is also a street market in Kowloon which is good for tourist to enjoy.