Hap Hing Company

Kolkata, West Bengal

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Hap Hing Co, a Chinese provisional opened in 1934 now  run by Stela Chen ( she emphasises it’s Chen the Hakka way not Chan the Cantonese way) store sells an assortment of products that include authentic Chinese style homemade sauce, noodles, tea, medicines as well as other products of day-to-day necessity.

The inside of the store is dark and almost on tatters with a single tungsten bulb hanging, with those old huge switch boards and yes to my utter surprise Stela still calculates on an abacus, an art that she picked up from her dad.  The cute, chubby lady is a store house of info who feels proud in saying that she has an umbilical attachment to this city and happily shared her experience being a part of the city for almost around 60 years.

This place simply smells good food and do remember to pack some chicken and pork sausages.

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22.5735144, 88.3548392
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