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Episode 2 - How home-style cooking brought by Chinese immigrants transformed our dining scene

October 18, 2021

In this second episode, we're taking you to Te Papa during our Food Stories Speaker Series to hear from Esther Fung from the Wellington Chinese Association. 

Haining Street was once the centre of Wellington's Chinese community. It was a place to meet and eat home-style Chinese cooking. Over the years replaced with apartment blocks, it left little trace of what was once Wellington's Chinatown. However, its lasting influence is now dispersed throughout the capital.

Discover about the cookhouses providing the comfort of home cooking to a mainly bachelor community in Haining Street at the turn of the 20th century, and the influences on our dining scene from the diversity of more recent Chinese immigrants.

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