“No Rest Days, No Holidays”: Bak Chor Mee Hawker Says He Understands Why His Kids Declined To Take Over His Stall
Lai Heng Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle is a beloved hawker stall that has consistently attracted long queues for its bak chor mee, despite having shifted twice since opening in 1985. But the stall has always remained in the Toa Payoh neighbourhood, and is run by its founder Lee Hwee Peng, 63, along with his siblings and nieces.
Hwee Peng and his family recently announced on Facebook that they are planning to sell off their business, stating: “After 37 years of serving our loyal customers, we have decided to pass the torch to new owners who are equally as passionate [about] serving our customers. We thank everyone who has joined us in this journey.”
The towkay tells 8days.sg that everyone came to the decision after a recent family meeting. “Simply put, [my siblings and I] are getting too old. We can’t cope with the amount of work and long hours, and it’s too busy [for us to handle any longer]. We’ve worked for so many years, so it’s enough already now. Time to stop before we get too old,” says Hwee Peng.
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