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Rice Container, Kowloon City, Hong Kong

This is what store keepers at traditional general goods store (集貨店) or rice shop in Hong Kong used to store and sell rice. This one is quite beat-up as you can see. One of the metal bands that wraps around the wooden vessel is already gone. This type of rice container is not as deep as it seems. The raised height is just easier for customers to inspect the rice, and for shop keeps to scoop out the rice when selling.

Then came supermarkets and the way rice was sold was transformed. People used to buy rice at these traditional shops by the catty 斤 (and tael 兩) and there would a number of these containers at the traditional shops for customers to choose from . You could actually hold onto the grains and compare the different kinds of rice. At super markets, rice is sold in pre-packaged formats. Not longer after was the emergence of vacuum-packed rice which ensured freshness and minimized space for transportation and for retail. But sadly the human interaction is lost when shopping at supermarkets.

65 South Wall Road, Kowloon City, Kowloon, Hong Kong

A historical artifact: Rice Container from a bygone era.

Stores like this is a dying breed. In this one, located in Kowloon City, you can still find rice sold the traditional way, into wooden containers.


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This entry was posted on March 9, 2012 by in Hong Kong, Shop.
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