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A wooden menu board from Ping's Pie Cart. The front of the board is painted white and it has a red decorative heading "Meals". "MENU" is written in black on yellow on the top left facing corner and "PLEASE PAY WHEN/ SERVED!" is written in the same way in the bottom right facing corner. Menu items and prices are listed in two columns divided by a red line. The prices of the menu items have been altered. "(ALL SERVED WITH TEA OR COFFEE)/6D Extra After Midnight & On Holidays/& Weekends./ "OPEN 5.30P.M. EVERY NIGHT./SUNDAY 4p.m. to 12-30a.m" is written below the menu items. "DAISY MANU/41 Lemon Street/New Plymouth" is hand written in marker pen on the reverse.
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Ping's Pie Cart was only a small caravan but it was a huge part of New Plymouth's night life for over 25 years. The cart, which stood on a vacant lot next to the Army Stores on Ariki Street, dished up variations of pies, steak, eggs and chips every night from the 1950s until the security shutter banged down for the last time in 1975. Ping's often stayed open until dawn and its colourful Chinese owner, Ping Choy Leong, was the most popular man in town after midnight as revellers flocked to be served. Ping was succeeded behind the deep fryer by his son Henry Leong, and his niece, Daisy Lee, but standards never slipped.
Legend has it that the food was so good the hungry souls regularly used to send an empty taxi to pick up an order on the strength of his fried sandwiches alone.
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Henry Leong was Ping Choy Leong's son, not his nephew.

- Wendy Leong

Posted on 08-05-2015 05:57:23