Street food hawkers in Hong Kong: a tale of corruption, crackdowns and the black comedy of the food truck fiasco

Story 462664878 Buzzing, multifaceted street-side activities are a well-established, colourful feature in any large urban centre. Ambulant food hawkers were a noted facet of life in all Asian cities, including Hong Kong, until recent times.Their declining numbers are seen by many – with some truth – as part of the ongoing homogenisation of local street culture, and a loss of distinctiveness, character and charm, as malls the size of city blocks inexorably take over.Depending on the time and season, foods on…