30 Jun Meet Mrs Kwan: tofu dessert maker at Sai Ying Pun Kwan Hing Kee 關太：荳品專家
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. Mrs Kwan at Sai Ying Pun Kwan Hing Kee has some stuff to share.
“I want to keep the price low and quality high”
‘I want to keep the price low and quality high’ Mrs. Kwan’s claim to fame 「我想售賣價格相宜且高質素的食物。」想必是關興記能夠扎根西營盤多年的原因
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.”
This local family store has been in Sai Ying Pun for 90 years 關興記在西營盤扎根90年，名副其實的老字號
Artist impression of Mrs. Kwan and her cat on the shutter doors 畫家為關興記繪畫的鐵閘
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
The secret to the right tofu texture is in the balance between water and soy beans 豆腐花要滑，其決定因素是水和豆的份量
Mrs. Kwan’s home-made rice dumplings are especially popular around the dragon boat festival 關太的鹹肉粽在端午節相當受歡迎！
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 不可錯過冰凍豆漿和香滑豆腐花！
Pick up some house-made fermented tofu paste for your Cantonese culinary adventures at home 除了荳品，現在的關興記也兼賣其他雜貨和應節產品
Mrs. Kwan is always ready to share her passion, here at a SYP neighbourhood community event 關太熱衷於分享她的西營盤故事，圖為其中一社區活動
Download the iDiscover Hong Kong app so you can get lost without getting lost in Sai Ying Pun 下載 iDiscover Hong Kong 手機應用程式，助你輕鬆遊西營盤！
HOW TO GET THERE?
Sai Ying Pun 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.