When I was small, people used to comment on the growing number of banks this way, “There are more banks than rice shops (銀行多過米鋪).” The assumption being that rice shops were numerous. Nowadays, however, they are quite hard to find. Here is one in Yaumatei, between Jordan Road and Austin Road.
It still sells rice by the catty, just like in the old days. But the rice is now stored in small plastic buckets. Not huge, three-feet tall wooden tubs. And there are pitifully little rice to sell. Partly because we eat much less rice than before. The 7 million people in Hong Kong eats only 26,000 tonnes of rice a month. It amounts to about 8 pounds (6 斤) per person each month. But the bigger reason is that we tend to buy our rice from supermarkets nowadays. So these rice merchants are doomed, unless we give them more business.
This one, at least, retains an old style balance, which is still in use. This, in itself, may be reason enough to shop here.
Here you can get your knives and scissors sharpened.
Or buy traditional herbs stored in big glass jars and small drawers.
The old Hong Kong is fading away quickly. It is getting more and more difficult to find. Soon it will disappear completely.