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Graham Street Market – Hong Kong Oldest Outdoor Wet Market

March 25, 2020

Name(English): Graham Street Market
Name(Chinese): 嘉咸市集
Category: Culture & History, Food and Beverages, Shopping
Address(English): Graham Street & Gage Street & Peel Street, Central
Address(Chinese): 中環結志街14號
Address Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/NKLUChjyPtjwjw1Z6
Address longitude and latitude: 22.28313571019402, 114.15354616828196
Nearest MTR Station: Central MTR station exit C
Nearest MTR Station Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/Mt2edr3TXRTmoc4G9
Nearest MTR Station longitude and latitude: 22.282216083935662, 114.15824703545093
How far from the nearest MTR Station: 8 mins walk from Central MTR station exit C
Opening hours:
MON 08:00–17:00
TUE 08:00–17:00
WED 08:00–17:00
THU 08:00–17:00
FRI 08:00–17:00
SAT 08:00–17:00
SUN 08:00–17:00
Recommended Time to Visit: Before noon or after lunch
Accessibility Note: Space is limited, not convenient for wheelchair users

Walking down the Queen’s Road in Central, a surreal contrast of street hawker stalls situated in between high-rise buildings come into sight, full of locals doing their daily grocery shopping. This is Graham Street Market (嘉咸街市), the oldest outdoor wet market with over 160 years of history. Getting into Graham Street (嘉咸街), there are various types of stall and store you can explore and even the locals find it fascinating.

The street starts with some fruits and veggies stalls at the beginning, and they are normally fresher than those in the supermarket with more variety from neighbouring regions like Taiwan, Philippine and Japan. Don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations if you crave for some tropical fruits!

There is an abundance of options here!

You will also see some stalls sell something that looks like salami and duck confit, those are preserved Chinese sausage and salty duck. But we don’t eat it raw. One of the best ways the locals make it is to cook together with rice in a casserole so the oil and flavour blend perfectly. You can buy some as souvenirs if you like cooking.

Chinese sausage and salty duck

As you walk down the street, look out for a shop on your right-hand side, called Kowloon Soy Company (九龍醬園), which sells handmade sauce and paste. It is the retail shop of a century old local soy sauce factory, founded in 1917. They have been using the same traditional methods to ferment and produce the soy sauce. It’s also interesting to know the various types of pickles and paste they make for different dishes.

Next to Graham Street on Peel Street (卑利街), there is an Instagram spot that you cannot miss, Ken Kei Noodles Factory (勤記粉麵廠). You will find various types of Chinese noodles in the shop and they are all handmade daily by the owner George. He is pleased with visitors watching him making noodles and sharing his story of getting into the noodle path. If you want to buy some noodles back home, try shrimp roe noodle or abalone noodle which are local’s favourite.

Walk towards the escalator when you get to Gage Street (結志街), you will see a store with a long queue. These are people trying to visit the inventor of women stocking milk tea, Lan Fong Yuen. Lan Fong Yuen is a classic Hong Kong style Cha Chaan Teng (茶餐廳). Give them a try if you want to experience authentic Hong Kong food and services!

Most of the store owners can speak English because they have customers from expats, to domestic helpers, to even restaurant chefs! Graham Street Market is a lovely down-to-earth place to explore if you’re keen on food or want to experience Hong Kong life like a local.

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