Soy milk, tofu pudding and other tofu treats
Enjoy a cold glass of soy milk or a bowl of silky tofu pudding for a truly local treat. Kwan Hing Kee is a local family store that has been in Sai Ying Pun for over 90 (!) years. The business started with the old Mr Kwan selling bean curd from baskets on a bamboo pole until he made enough money to open a shop, first on First Street and later on 3rd Street.
Here to stay
Business wasn't always easy; during the Centre Street reconstruction, Kwan Hing Kee nearly went bankrupt but managed to survive by exporting fermented bean curd sauce. The old Mr Kwan's daughter now operates the shop and introduced special products for festivals and other special occasions, like rice dumplings for Tuen Ng Festival. "My ambition is to keep the price low and quality high. I get contacted by developers who want to buy this place all the time, but I always say no. I hope to pass on the family business to my son," she says.
Pick up some house-made soybean (豆板醬) and fermented tofu paste (腐乳), two essential ingredients in Cantonese cuisine. Thirsty? Try the soy milk (豆漿). But the shop's star is the tofu pudding (豆腐花), a light, creamy dessert that's refreshing on a hot day and heart-warming on a cold one.