Au Wei – Shipwright, Junk Builder

When we arrive at the deserted Kwong Ming Shipyard after a short walk along Tam Kung Temple Road in Shau Kei Wan, Mr Au (亞神) is asleep. His dog eyes us suspiciously and barks the drowsy shipwright awake. Mr Au’s somnolence makes sense for a semi-retired 87-year-old and given the steep decline in the construction of wooden boats in Hong Kong. Boatbuilding has been his livelihood for over 60 years. Things were different in the past, and as recently as the 1990s, his yard produced most of the wooden boats built locally. Continue reading “Au Wei – Shipwright, Junk Builder”

Lai Kei Ice Cream Shoppe, Macau

In a fantastic twist of irony, our inaugural Dan Tat Monster post takes root in Macau! Next week we will write about Shenzhen, and the week after will take us farther afield, to Shanghai, then Inner Mongolia. We kid, we kid.

So, on this swelteringly hot and oppressively humid day, we turn your attention to Lai Kei, a historic ice cream shop shoppe in Macau.

We popped by a few weeks ago and had a chat with Mr. Kong, current owner. Continue reading “Lai Kei Ice Cream Shoppe, Macau”