30 Jun Meet Mr Leung: Sai Ying Pun Rice Seller 梁先生：成德隆米行老闆
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. With that said, let’s check out a Sai Ying Pun Rice seller.
“There are many types of Thai rice. We only sell Golden Phoenix it’s the best quality one”
Spot the big wooden barrels filled with rice; this is a traditional rice seller. Started in 1984, Sing Tak Lung is a wholesaler and typical neighbourhood ‘mom & pop’ shop at the same time. The Leungs are as happy selling small portion to an old lady as they are delivering a full cart with bags to a nearby restaurant.
Spot the big wooden barrels filled with rice; Sing Tak Lung is a traditional rice seller 看到木造的米桶，你便來到傳統米行成德隆！
OLD AND NEW RICE
Mr. Leung syncs the import of rice with the harvest time of his suppliers. Every November, they get newly harvested rice, stored till October. Over time the rice becomes more dry, so-called “old rice”. It means you need to add more water when cooking. Restaurants typically order a mix of new and old rice to maintain consistency in quality. The Sing Tak Lung mixer can hold 26 packs of 25 kg of rice at the same time.
Sing Tak Lung only sells Golden Phoenix Thai rice, it’s the best quality 成德隆只售最高品質的金鳳泰國米
The big on-site rice mixer can hold 26 packs of 25 kg rice at the same time 混米機可以一次混合26包25公斤米
At Sing Tak Lung they have an expert opinion on rice and are happy to explain the differences in tastes and textures between the different grains. “There are many types of Thai rice. We only sell Golden Phoenix it’s the best quality one” says Mr. Leung. He’s also happy to give tips on how to cook rice to perfection and how to make the best congee. A place for people who take their rice seriously: not too chewy and not too soft.
The ‘rice experts’ are happy to explain the differences in tastes and textures between the different grains 老闆十分樂意介紹不同的米和分享烹調方法和秘訣
Mr. Leung’s cat finds a comfortable spot on the rice bags 老闆的貓最會找地方休息！
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?
Sing Tak Lung 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. Now, got out and enjoy some Sai Ying Pun Rice.