/Wai Lung Ho Herb Tea
Timeline: Since 1940s after the WWII
Business Type: Chinese Herbal Tea
Products: Five-flower tea, Chrysanthemum tea, 24 herbs tea, Cold & Flu tea
Address G/F, 631 Fuk Wa Street, Cheung Sa Wan.
“Some customers have been drinking our tea since they were toddlers!” Wai Lung Ho Herb Tea is the family business of the Wong’s in Cheung Sha Wan. On the wall of the shop hang some old black and white photos of Mr. Wong’s grandparents. There is also a board that listed out beneficial functions of the herbal tea. The brand “Wai Lung Ho” is what you first see stepping into the shop, and underneath it is written, “Doughuan guy herbal tea”.
Wai Lung Ho was formerly a grocery store before the war. Mr. Wong’s father changed it into a herbal tea shop after the war and it has 70 years of history now. Mr. Wong is the 3rd generation. He insists in using his father’s traditional formula for making herbal tea. As early as in the 1980s, Mr. Wong started to help out at the shop when he was only 15 or 16 years old. In the morning, he made herbal tea with his father. In the afternoon, he helped in the front shop to serve customers. Now, he has inherited the shop and is managing it every day.
Customers of the herbal tea shop are mainly from the neighborhood. In the old days, there was seating for the customers. Mr. Wong would chat with his guests when he was not busy. He has established a very good relationship with the community. However, affected by redevelopment in recent years, many old tenement buildings were demolished. The old neighbors and regular customers had moved away. Yet, some of them still always come back for a visit. It is exactly this kind of lovely bonding among everyone that you can find in the old neighborhood.
The outdated detriments were hang up the centre fo t .
After many years the shop established the reputation with the support from neighborhood.