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Most hawkers welcome publicity to boost their business. But not Eddie Png, 52, who reopened his family’s famous Bukit Purmei Lor Mee stall today (Feb 25). The comeback stall is located at a kopitiam in Bugis, near the popular King of Pao Fan opposite Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple.

The lor mee stall’s illustrious history and hours-long queues meant that Eddie, a first-time hawker, had big shoes to fill. Initially, he was reluctant to be interviewed for this story. “Don’t want lah. We don’t like publicity. It’s a lot of pressure to live up to the name, especially with media attention on us,” he tells 8days.sg.

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