The original China Town

Ignoring the dubious containers of brew, I threw back a shot of fermented goji berry and felt the burn. Robin (The Best-est Husband) and I were in a small Chinese shop, which sells various teas and brews its own ‘health-giving’ drinks with a kick, including a ‘man juice’ (that’s what the shop owner said and no, Robin wasn’t keen on giving it a go for blogging purposes).

We were part of a P.A.S.T. Experiences photo walk with cool tour guide, Tania Olsson in Joburg’s original China Town in the CBD. As the focus was on taking photos, we were left to roam the area (around Commissioner street) and that’s why we ended up in the shop. I wanted Robin to take photos of the tea. Obviously I got a bit more than I bargained for.

China Town is one of the oldest areas of Joburg. It was known as Malaikam or the Cantonese Quarter and by 1893 there were at least seven Chinese general stores in this area, according to an info board in the area. You’ll also find one of the oldest buildings in Joburg – the Transvaal Chinese United Club (built in 1909) here.

We visited early on a Saturday morning and it was relatively quiet. It may not be as vibey as its counterpart in Cyrildene (it was still early though) but it’s still worth a visit. These are some of the photos we took, where we ate and what I bought:

Welcome in China Town!

The brew options and some other stuff.

The awesome Sui Hing Hong shop sold a variety of things – from teas and ornaments to red beans and even some Chinese porn.

Really old buildings – pretty to me, but I realise they need some TLC.

Afterwards we had some lunch at Yung Chen Noodle Den, an awesome recommendation from Tania. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but don’t let that put you off. I had the beef and noodle soup and Robin had this fried beef dish on a sizzling hot plate. It was delicious, fresh and very good value for money.

Bought this stuff. Check the Beauty Tea – I’m going to be beautiful like the lady on the packaging. Yes, I am! A street or so down, I found the awesome tights – R7.50 and no, the quality's not bad: score!

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