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Meeting PlaceEncounters across Cultures in Hong Kong, 1841-1984$
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Elizabeth Sinn and Christopher Munn

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390847

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390847.001.0001

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From Dried Seafood to Instant Ramen

From Dried Seafood to Instant Ramen

“Japanese” Industrial Food and Hong Kong Foodways

(p.23) 2 From Dried Seafood to Instant Ramen
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Yoshiko Nakano

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter provides an example of how imported foods become integrated into Hong Kong life through the work of cultural intermediaries. Hong Kong is now the biggest market outside Japan for Japanese food items – far greater even than the United States, with a population 40 times that of Hong Kong’s. Using Demae Iccho instant noodles as an example, the chapter shows how a transnational Chinese merchant family in Kobe, using existing Chinese networks for distributing dried seafood, played an indispensable role in the process of diffusing the product in Hong Kong from 1969 onwards.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Japan, Kobe, Food, Instant noodles, Cultural intermediaries

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