HAWKERS were once a key feature of Hong Kong. But the government stopped issuing new licences in the 1970s.
Since then the the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD, 食物環境衛生署) has been cracking down on unlicensed hawkers. Now the department says it will welcome cooked-food stalls at the Lunar New Year market in Mong Kok (旺角).
Some people are overjoyed by the idea, but some are concerned about the noise the hawker stalls will cause. Others want the government to start issuing hawker licences again.
Licensed street hawkers have become part of Hong Kong’s popular culture. The stalls at Temple Street (廟街) are tourist attractions. Now there is a debate on issuing new hawker licences to attract more visitors.
(This article is published on Goodies on 1 November 2016)