Traditional trade still brings old-time flavour to street life

Des Voeux Road West, Wing Lok and Ko Shing Streets are known as Dried Seafood Street and Tonic Food Street. A section of Des Voeux Road West in Sheung Wan is packed with shops selling dried seafood. The origins of the trade in this area go back many decades, to when the products were dried on the rooftops, to be sold in the street-level stores. Black moss, salted fish, sausage, scallops, and more are on display, catering to the demands of local households, especially around Chinese New Year. Nearby on Wing Lok and Ko Shing streets, you’ll find stores that stock ginseng and bird’s nest, both of which are said to be extremely beneficial to health.