茶餐廳 (cha chaan teng) is aptly named “tea parlor”, because tea was provided the moment a patron sat down. After World War II, western cuisine arose in Hong Kong, but was too expensive for locals to afford at the time.

Due to high demand, a new blend of cultures emerged called 茶餐廳, which combined Western and Chinese cultures to accommodate the needs of everyone.

Today, 茶餐廳 became a distinct culture in itself, whether it’s the unique practice of sharing a table with strangers due to limited seating, or the shortening of words for speedy ordering, 茶餐廳 has many aspects that people of any age can relate to and come to love.