Zine no.22 in the Hato Press Zine Series, 'Cha Chaan Teng 15:15' by Hong Kong based graphic artist Fibi Kung.
Cha Chaan Tengs, translated directly as ‘tea restaurants’, are Hong Kong-style cafés that are an essential part of the city’s culture.
Cha Chaan Tengs opened in the 1950s as an affordable alternative to high class western restaurants. 三點三 (15:15), meaning 3:15 in the afternoon, is a Cantonese slang for "Teatime at Cha Chaan Teng." Today their modestly decorated interiors are instantly recognisable.
The mosaic walls tiles, booth-style tables and highly efficient staff bring customers back to a simpler time. Orders are taken using unique jargons and shorthands to suit the city's fast-paced lifestyle, and customers often have to share tables with strangers during peak hours.
All these idiosyncrasies blend together to form a unique dining culture to Hong Kong and its people. Cha Chaan Tengs serve as a symbol of Hong Kong's unique history and heritage, and this zine is a celebration of that very spirit.
Published by Hato Press, London
Printed on 80gsm Evercopy
Dimensions: 14 cm x 20 cm
Format: Softcover / Saddle stitch binding
To mark the launch of the zine Fibi has created a digital version here. Showcasing the illustrative and photographic content on your web browser that can be enjoyed by all.
Fibi Kung is a graphic designer based in Hong Kong. After graduating from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design, Fibi gained experience working on a wide range of international projects at design studios in Seoul, Rotterdam, Copenhagen and Stockholm.