Patrick's Hong Kong Experience

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Gage Street

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Gage Street is a short, lively street that starts at the intersection of Cochrane Street and Lyndhurst Terrace, and ends at Aberdeen Street. The street was named after Sir William Gage, an admiral in the Royal Navy who fought in the French Revolutionary Wars.

Gage Street Street Sign

The Gage Street street sign at the intersection of Cochrane Street and Lyndhurst Terrace.

The street is lined with an assortment of noodle shops, meat markets and fresh fruit and vegetable stalls. There are also quite a few open air cafe-style restaurants along the street, known to locals as dai-pai-dongs. Dai-pai-dongs are an essential part of Hong Kong’s culture, but are dying out, as the Food and Hygiene Department of Hong Kong are not issuing any more new dai-pai-dong licenses, and also because rental fees in Hong Kong are increasing rapidly.

Lan Fong Yuen Dai Pai Dong

Lan Fong Yuen – one of the better known dai-pai-dongs in Gage Street. Credits to “Gourmet Traveller 88”.

It is also a shopping hotspot for locals who live around the area. Local shoppers go to the street’s markets on a daily basis to buy their daily groceries. The Park N’ Shop at the top end of the street seemed relatively out of business compared to the bustling fruit, vegetable and meat stalls!

Meat market in Gage Street

Stall selling fresh cuts of pork.

Shop keeper tends to vegetables - Gage Street

Shopkeeper preparing vegetables for sale.

Gage Street is also home to many critically-acclaimed local restaurants. One of them is Dragon Restaurant, a restaurant that specializes in barbecued meats. Anthony Bourdain visited the restaurant while on his Hong Kong tour, and after tasting the suckling pig, remarked that “This is as close to God as you’re going to get”.

Dragon Restaurant - Gage Street

A variety of different “char siu” (barbecued meat) for sale.

To sum up, Gage Street is definitely a piece of well-preserved history within a modern, sophisticated metropolis. Having already operated for over a hundred years, it is still a vibrant and lively street.

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Written by patrickcampbellhk

January 9, 2011 at 6:06 PM

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  1. Great post man! I went to Hong Kong a few years ago… Had to be one of the greatest experiences of my life. Such an exciting, vibrant city with so much to do. I did go to Gage Street on the recommendation from Tony Bourdain of The Dragon Restaurant. There is not much else to say but AMAZING. You never knew a joint with dead pigs hanging on the walls and communal tub of ginger sauce could be so exceptional. I would go back in a heart beat. Keep rocking on HK!

    LonesomeYak

    April 26, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    • Thanks for taking a look at my blog! Yes, the Dragon Restaurant is definitely one of the best suckling pig restaurants in Hong Kong. Last week I went back to try their roast goose, which you must try the next time you come back!

      patrickcampbellhk

      April 26, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      • Oh, that sounds awesome, I have never tried goose before. I could so easily live in HK, so wild, and could probably eat at The Dragon just about every day. Hey, have you been to the Fu Sing restaurant in Causeway Bay, that place is ace!

        LonesomeYak

        April 30, 2012 at 4:05 PM


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