200 George Street

A Taste of China


Case 3

Chinese people living at George Street were not without the flavours and comforts of home. Along with a large range of bowls and cups, food and medicine was also imported. The large jars found on site were made in southern China, sealed with stone lids, and then shipped to food-processing factories. The fut how nga (wide-mouthed jar) was used for storing a variety of fermented soybean sauces. The nga hu (shouldered jars with a spout) would carry liquor, soy sauce, vinegar or oil.

Little glass bottles would have contained a single dose of medicine. Once the medicine was consumed the bottle was discarded.

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