添記麵廠 tim kee noodle maker

2016.1.6 | 火井  fo tseng (or fire well), shek tong tsui

我住西環。近年太多「西環變色」的報導,那絕對是事實,但刻意想對那愁雲對抗。在此為這家繼續留守橫巷的麵家留文。

翻查剪報,麵廠早於六十年代已經在石塘咀起家,而火井此廠房連鋪面也差不多有三十年。近年,每次日間經過,看著白色燈光從這大方窗透出就感安心。不時看到老闆工人蒙著「白粉」的臉目,就感受食物製造的辛勞,同時不禁深呼吸,如果正值製作時間,就有得獎的感覺,因為濃香的麵粉加蛋香馬上鑽入鼻腔呼吸道。

「人」情味再加分,是他們的貓貓。不時看到員工和老闆閒暇會跟貓逗玩。而貓咪也經常恪守本分,守著麵廠的家當。

first of all the english name here is my translation. tried to research for the official name but couldn’t find one in english.

this noodle maker is in my neighbourhood, at whitty street no. 18. i feel the need to write about tim kee because sai wan (western district) has long “transformed”, many of our community old friends have gone due to rapid “development” under the mtr effect, and luckily (finger crossed) our tim is still steaming.

done some research and found that tim started in shek tong tsui back in the 60s of the last century. it moved to the current location in the 80s. so this space has a history of almost 30 year.

tim major in cantonese style noodle making/wholesaling but it also has its door opened for residents around to buy its products in retail.

every time when i walk pass this big square window during day time and see the fluorescent light shines bright white i feel assured, my neighbourhood is still there. this big square features many beautiful images of hard labouring of food making, the hot steam, the white-powdered faces of the workers dashing around … then adding to the mix, the sweet smell of fresh flour and egg … there is a bonus too. a lovely and cool pet cat of tim.

tim kee jan 2016

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