2005, Hanover, New Hampshire. A young grad student joins his classmates at a local tavern. He’s served an unusual beer, something he’s never tried before: ‘Smuttynose’. The bottle has a picture of a seal on it. The taste: an aroma of hops paired with caramel. It’s different; another level of richness, complexity and flavour. Something changed in that young man’s mind that evening and he’s never looked back. Flash forward 11 years to an unusually warm and bright December morning, here in Hong Kong. The Globe Pub, off Hollywood Road, is abuzz with an early lunchtime crowd. Amidst warm lighting and brass fittings polished to a gleam sits Rohit Dugar, the man from the New Hampshire tavern, now founder and brewer at Young Master Ales, purveyor of world-class beers, from right here in Hong Kong. Continue reading “Rohit Dugar – Brewer”
It’s a late October morning and the city has shut down as typhoon Haima makes landfall. Despite the storm outside it’s business as usual at the Kwong Wah Printing Company on Sai Street in the quiet neighbourhood of Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan. In fact Yum Wai-sang, the second generation owner of Kwong Wah has been running his letterpress late into the night in spite of the storm. Pulling levers, turning knobs and daubing ink with a palette knife, Mr. Yum makes minute adjustments and calibrations to a huge jet black press. It inks itself and pumps out prints, by the hundred, with Teutonic precision. It pneumatically inhales paper like a champion sprinter regulates breath, with easy power. Continue reading “Yum Wai-sang, Traditional Letterpress Printer”
Since 1962 Oi Kwan Barber’s has been running out of a tin shack in an alley between two old Wan Chai tenement buildings. Over five decades the little shop on Spring Garden Lane has taken care of the neighbourhood’s barbering, serving men from all walks of life who reclined, gossiped, debated and joked while the barber, Master Lau, lathered and shaved, clipped and faded under the gentle breeze of a revolving fan. Continue reading “Mark Lau, Wan Chai Barber”
Leon Lam-Hien is a tattoo artist who operates his studio, Shitoujii, out of an old tenement building in Mong Kok. Born in South Vietnam, Leon grew up in Lyon, France. He worked as an industrial designer before becoming a professional tattoo artist 15 years ago. He’s been working in Hong Kong since 2007.
Professor Wong Chai Lok, also known by his aliases ‘Ming-Fu’ and ‘Lok-Yung’, is renowned both for his major contributions to education in Hong Kong and to Chinese calligraphy. Over his long career, Professor Wong held many public and private posts, including Inspector of Schools and Headmaster of Government Schools. He has worked for over 60 years to promote Primary, Secondary and Adult Education in Hong Kong. In the past few years Professor Wong and his wife have been using proceeds from the sale of his calligraphic works to build three schools in Guangdong and Guizhou. This project has been supported by his friends and students. Continue reading “Professor Wong Chai Lok – Scholar, Educator, Calligrapher”
I caught up with Thomas Forde, who’s on an epic cycling journey from Auckland, New Zealand to Ballycastle, County Mayo in Ireland, where he was born. Continue reading “Thomas Forde, envirocyclist, political enthusiast, traveller”
John Hobbie is a Hong Kong-based theatre set designer. He’s a full time production designer for Disney, and the man behind the entrance hall to the giant DHL balloon that can be seen over the West Kowloon skyline. Continue reading “John Hobbie, painter of Hong Kong”
Mr. Chan is a street musician who plays a Dizi (笛子), a type of bamboo flute that is used in Chinese folk music and Chinese opera. On most days Mr. Chan can be found by the ATMs on the corner outside the AON China Building on Queen’s Road Central.
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”
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