「樓上雅座」"Upstairs Café "
展覽日期: 2010年8月30日至2011年1月 2日
《Upstairs Cafe》 - an exhibition of Bing Sutt and Cha Chaan Teng
Hong-Kong-style French toast, egg tarts, milk tea, pineapple buns, etc. are all products of cha chaan tengs (literally means “tea food halls”), which are Hong-Kong-style cafés. These foods have recently been listed in an article entitled “40 Hong Kong foods we can’t live without”. This shows that cha chaan tengs are undoubtedly synonymous with Hong Kong food culture.
Bing sutts (literally means “ice rooms”) are the predecessors of cha chaan tengs. Bing sutts emerged during the colonial era and provided versions of Western comfort foods and iced drinks, for example, lotus seeds iced drink, poached egg in boiling water, cream-filling cone, etc., at affordable prices for ordinary people. In Cantonese movies, a lot of scenes were set in bing sutts, for example: imagine Josephine Siao Fong-Fong, who vividly portrayed a voguish woman, munching cream-filling cone and discussing business with partners; or the refined Patrick Tse Yin and Ka Ling having intimate talks with coffee in a gloomily lit bing sutt.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s, following the arrival of American-style fast-food chain restaurants along with American popular culture, coupled with a booming economy in Hong Kong, everything demanded speed and efficiency. Lunch was no longer for social needs but for physical fulfillment instead and bing sutts, being more suitable as a place for relaxation and dating, were gradually transformed into cha chaan tengs. Besides serving fine foods at affordable prices, cha chaan tengs also provided a more diverse choice; in addition to maintaining the choice provided by bing sutts, cha chaan tengs introduced a variety of satiety foods, e.g. fried rice vermicelli, fried noodles, fried rice etc., in order to provide time constrained Hong Kongers with a good place to grab a bite.
Exhibition Period: 30th Aug 2010 - 2nd Jan 2011