Alfresco dining is a bit like Chinese opera. Everyone claims it’s great to encourage and promote it as a part of local culture, but the truth is few people want to endure an entire evening of it. From what I see, the new generation finds eating outside about as appealing as a night of clanking cymbals and shrieking songs.

Have you ever tried to digest a meal sitting outdoors at a dai pai dong (street stall) in Hong Kong in the middle of summer? If it’s not the heat, humidity or pollution…


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