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The Kuala Lumpur-born hawkers behind The Noodle Memories, a newish ban mian (it’s called pan mee in Malaysia) stall in Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, want customers to know: they’re serious about their business despite their tender ages. “There are some customers who say, ‘Oh, you two are very young and pretty.’ But then they’ll also say that young people can’t do this for long, we play play only,” says 26-year-old Ewa Lim in Mandarin, who opened the noodle stall alongside her sister-in-law, Kong Su Teng, 29, in April. “Of course, there are also some that will say it’s rare to see young hawkers, and give us encouragement.”

In actual fact, both ladies have a fair bit of hawker experience. Ewa’s mum ran several ban mian stalls in KL – which are still open – for close to thirty years. Ewa and Su Teng spent a decade helping out at said stalls, before bringing the recipe over to Singapore with some tweaks to make it their own.

Think toppings like stir-fried minced meat, black fungus and fish paste-stuffed beancurd skin, as well as fusion versions of the soup base – including an insanely spicy mala bowl.

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