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Viral 543 Laksa Hawker Closes Stall After Business Abruptly Fell By 50%

“I ended up cooking and not selling — it’s very frustrating when people are not coming [to my stall],” says Thian Le Yong, who closed his stall to hedge against losses.

Viral 543 Laksa Hawker Closes Stall After Business Abruptly Fell By 50%
In April this year, hawker Thian Le Yong went viral. His stall 543 Laksa, a curiously gritty joint in Bukit Panjang, is where he cooks a very limited batch of about 75 bowls of laksa a day, which usually sells out in under three hours.

After being featured by media outlets like 8days.sg, long queues started forming at Le Yong’s stall, which is located in a quiet coffeeshop within Senja-Cashew Community Club. “I teared a bit — I was happy and touched,” the 29-year-old tells us of his overnight business boom, which also saw Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan dropping by for laksa.

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