An unmissible part of the Hong Kong experience in the 70s and 80s was a visit to the floating restaurants in Aberdeen harbour. The food wasn’t any different from food you’d get at any other restaurant anywhere in HK, but there was a novelty about eating in a ‘floating restaurant’… only, they weren’t floating. The multi-storey houseboats would have capsized in a dead calm, let alone a slight breeze, so they sat on heavy piles set deep in the benthic mud of the harbour. They did look good, however.
The idea was so popular, that when Sha Tin rose out of the New Territories rice fields they added a traditional cement floating restaurant to the list of attractions on the Shing Mun nullah!