Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee’s 3rd-Gen Successor Has To Learn How To Fry 20 Portions At One Go
There are quite a few family-run eateries with perpetual queues in Singapore, like nasi ayam goreng eatery Fiie’s Cafe at Lucky Plaza. Another famous stall is Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee, where the line is so long that customers had to be stopped from joining the queue as the food was already sold out.
The longtime stall is run by veteran hawker Ng Chin Chye, 70, and his wife, together with their two sons who are now the third-gen successors of the business. Chin Chye himself had taken over his father who started the stall in 1953, the year Chin Chye was born. “So I have been working here for almost 70 years,” he shares.
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Initially, Jun Ming, who is married with no kids, turned down his father’s offer. Chin Chye recalls: “I asked him, but he didn’t want to. He wasn’t ready. I saw that he was doing fine at his job, so I thought, okay lah. There was nobody to take over me.”