Covid-19 has claimed casualties — patients, and businesses hit hard by the abrupt, drastic drop in customers. One of them is struggling hawker stall Empress Place Teochew Beef Kway Teow, which announced on March 13 that it was shuttering its shop at Maxwell Food Centre for good. The closure comes just slightly shy of a year, after the stall moved there from its longtime Siglap address last May.
The business is run by father-and-daughter David and Melissa Lim, who are related to the family behind the famed Original Hock Lam Street Beef Kway Teow chain (which incidentally also closed permanently last year due to “ever-increasing manpower issues”). Melissa, a former science teacher, had left her MOE teaching job to become a hawker.
It’s sad news for us as a fan of the stall’s delicious beef kway teow; each bowl is crammed with tender, medium rare-pink beef and unctuous, gelatinous tendons that melt in our mouth like a dream. The silken kway teow is best slurped up with the stall’s house-made pineapple purée-infused chilli.