Admittedly, Hong Kong people are rather nolstagic. With a culture thriving on its ability to adapt and its entrepreneurial spirit, change is an expected element in people’s way of life. But how do you define a sense of place, when older buildings and established neighborhoods are continually demolished to make way for their taller, shinier counterparts, when people are always seeking out the next big trends, and when revitalization projects are just starting to gain importance?
Meet Mido Cafe. Located near Temple Street in Yau Ma Tei, it is one of those rare places in Hong Kong that has preserved its 1950’s/60’s interior. In a cha chan teng, a restaurant serving westernized Hong Kong food like baked pork chop dishes and macaroni soup that came about during the thriving colonial times of that era, the food is more nolstalgic than good. But if you grew up in Hong Kong, sometimes all it takes is a glass of lemon iced tea and an egg sandwich to take you right down memory lane, and Mido Cafe did just that and more.
P.S. Check out this Starbucks in Central, a collaboration between Starbucks and the store G.O.D. that was inspired by places like Mido Cafe. When there is not much of the old to hang on to, the new, made to look like the old, does have a place in Hong Kong.