The once famous ‘Duck Egg Street’
Wing Sing Street has vanished from the map. The small street and two connecting lanes were demolished to make place for Cosco Tower and Grand Millennium Plaza in 1990s. Few people remember that it was once a famous egg market. The 100-metre long alley was filled with shops selling all sorts of eggs, including chicken, duck, quail, cooked, preserved or salted eggs.
Duck Egg Street
Nicknamed ‘Duck Egg Street’, after its best-selling product, the street used to be right by the then-shoreline and was always packed with fishing boats and clay pots with salted eggs ready to be shipped to Singapore and Malaysia. Fishermen would come here not just to buy eggs but also for duck egg white, a popular material to coat fishing nets. Now, the street name has disappeared and only a fountain remains.
Like many other narrow alleyways in Central, Wing Shing Street was a private street. Back in the day, once you bought up most of the properties on the street, the street would be yours.
Wing Sing’s heritage
Shun Hing Hoo (順興行) at Jervois Street started as a small street-side stall on Wing Sing Street. Shun Hing Hoo’s preserved eggs’ smooth texture and its soft boiled and sweetened heart make it a locally favourite delicacy. Other Wing Shing stores moved to Western Wholesale Food Market, like many sunset industries, now only around 10 stores are left…