Kwan Kee Store
Staring as an illegal street vendor bearing a pole and two bushels hawking fluffy cakes, white sugar cakes and fried sweet dough balls in the past, to being now a specialty cake shop often showcased by television, magazines, and even the Tourism Bureau, as makers of authentic local traditional cakes, Kwan Kee Store holds its fort in Sham Shui Po, and sells cakes costing only a few dollars day in and day out.
They have small bowl cakes, white sugar cakes, yellow sugar cakes, fluffy cakes, “Cha Guos” (glutinous rice dumplings, each steamed on a leaf), ritual cakes and other delicacies used by worshippers as offerings. They make these authentic and simple sweet delicacies over the last ten years to serve the neighbourhood folks and also tourists who seek them out for their fame. It is a family-run business, and their so-called “workshop” is on the 9th floor of the building next to their home.
They said “In the 1960s and 1970s, shops do not makes deliveries to us if we were on the 9th floor, so we had to carry bags and bags of rice by ourselves up to the ninth level, with each bag weighing one picul (61 kg)! After the cakes were steamed, we have to bring them downstairs again.” Kwan Kee insists on having one and only one shop, opening no other branches, since the most important thing is to maintain the highest quality.