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Locals, tourists invited to dine with 'Old Master Q'

By Dara Wang
Locals, tourists invited to dine with 'Old Master Q'
Alfonso Wong poses for photos with a statue of Old Master Q during an opening ceremony of OMQ Diningroom in Prince Edward, Kowloon, Sept 13, 2016. Old Master Q is a classic comic series created by Alfonso Wong in the early 1960’s in Hong Kong. (Roy Liu/China Daily)

HONG KONG - The first “Old Master Q”-themed restaurant opened in Mong Kok on Tuesday. The nostalgic style aims to evoke memories of Hong Kong-style Western cuisine in the 1960s.

More than 100 dishes on the menu are named with Chinese four-character idioms, mimicking the way the cartoonist Alfonso Wong Kar-hei, aka Wong Chak, titles chapters in the comics series. He said the use of Chinese idioms reflects traditional Chinese culture and brings a sense of humor.

The restaurant opens after two years’ preparation, and contains five dining divisions themed on famous cartoon chapters and one dining room featuring the romantic story of Old Master Q and his beloved Miss Chan.

All the decoration and design follow the ideas of Wong, said Calvin Tse Hoi-fat, executive director of Golden Stone Catering Management. “We hope to represent the fascination of this classic cartoon authentically in the restaurant through detailed design on cuisine, tableware and dining environment,” Tse said.

“The cartoon is a childhood memory across different generations and I hope to preserve the precious memory through high-quality but inexpensive cuisine and old-style dining service,” Wong said.

Deputy Executive Director of Hong Kong Trade Development Council Raymond Yip Chak-yan believes the restaurant featuring cuisine, cartoon and creativity will become a brand-new tourist attraction in the city.

Locals, tourists invited to dine with 'Old Master Q'

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