城市閘誌 HK Urban Canvas 2019
So Kee Cha Chaang Teng
Mr Chan, the owner of So Kee “cha chaang teng” is also an avid travel photographer. Combining business and pleasure, he has decorated the walls of his Hong Kong style tea house with his own photographic works. So Kee was established in 1953 by Mr Chan’s father. At that time it was a simple tea stall serving only breakfast and lunch. In 1998 the business expanded and moved to its current location. Mr Chan began helping out at So Kee as a young boy. In those days there were still a number of shipyards operating in Ap Lei Chau, and workers would come to So Kee for their tea break to enjoy Western-style cakes and pastries before heading back to work. At its peak, So Kee produced more than 1,000 pastries a day! The shutter artwork, presented as a roll of old photographic film to reflect Mr Chan’s passion for photography, shows So Kee’s history in three scenes. The image on the right shows So Kee in the early days. In the centre, there is a cup of Hong Kong-style milk tea and a slice of mille-feuille, the best selling pastry at So Kee in the past. On the left, the image shows So Kee’s serving counter and a cabinet full of buns.