Monday, 11 May 2015

Vintage Dining in HK

The Ice Room
3 Feb 2015 | From Akubi of Hong Kong

Tasting authentic snacks in bing sutt and infusing the vinatge atmosphere feels just as if going back to the fascinating 1980s.

Bing Sutt (Chinese: 冰室; pinyin: Bīng Shì; literally: "Ice Room") is a type of traditional coffee house in Hong Kong. Commonly found in 1950s and 1960s-era, it is characterized by old furniture and settings such as the small tiled floors, hanging fans, folding chairs and so on. Bing Sutt provides light meals and drinks and is neighbourhood-oriented. It is believed to be the predecessor of Cha Chaan Teng (tea restaurant).

Only a few dozen traditional Bing Sutts are still operating now, with some others opened by the younger generation fascinated by the nostalgic atmosphere of the Hong Kong style restaurant. Realizing consumers’ desire to take a glimpse of past memories, quite a number of fast food chains set up and adorn their unique experimental concept stores like Bing Sutts to attract customers.

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