Meet Mrs Kwan: to fu dessert maker
Kwan Hing Kee . 65 Third Street . 關興記 . 第三街65號
“I want to keep the price low and quality high.”
HERE TO STAY . This local family store has been in Sai Ying Pun for 90 years. It all 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, later here on Third Street. Business wasn’t always easy, during the Centre Street reconstruction they nearly went bankrupt, but survived by exporting fermented bean curd sauce. Mr. Kwan’s daughter-in-law now operates the business. “I want to keep the price low and quality high. I get contacted all the time by developers who want to buy this place, but I always say no. I hope to pass on the family business to my son.”
SECRET RECIPE . The secret to the right tofu texture is in the balance between water and soybeans and time the beans is important. “I don’t sample every single bucket, but I can tell instantly whether the tofu is soft or not.” says Mrs. Kwan. Kwan Hing Kee also makes its own ginger juice to add extra flavour to the tofu pudding and introduced special products for festive occasions like rice dumplings for Tuen Ng Festival
OUR FAVOURITES . For a true local treat, have a cold glass of soy milk or a bowl of silky tofu pudding, a light, creamy dessert that is refreshing on a hot day and heart-warming on a cold one. Or pick up some house-made soybean and fermented tofu paste for your Cantonese culinary adventures at home.
For a true local treat, have a cold glass of soy milk or a bowl of silky tofu pudding
The secret to the right tofu texture is in the balance between water and soy beans
Pick up some house-made fermented tofu paste for your Cantonese culinary adventures at home.
Mrs. Kwan’s home-made rice dumplings are especially popular around the dragon boat festival
This local family store has been in Sai Ying Pun for 90 years
Artist impression of Mrs. Kwan and her cat on the shutter doors
Mrs. Kwan is always ready to share her passion, here at a SYP neighbourhood community event
’I want to keep the price low and quality high’ Mrs. Kwan claim to fame
Download the iDiscover Hong Kong app so you can get lost without getting lost in Sai Ying Pun
HOW TO GET THERE? . Kwan Hing Kee is at 65 Third Street in Sai Ying Pun. For directions download the free iDiscover app or download a printable map. Get your own copy of the iDiscover Hong Kong Neighbourhood Guide.
MADE IN SYP . This story is part of a series of stories dedicated to the Spirit of Craftsmanship in Sai Ying Pun. We discovered SYP through the lens of locals. We visited 16 local craftsmen, to learn about their trade, their tools, their stories.
See what they create; learn what they love and feel their passion.
Read more stories at our online neighbourhood museum.