SINGAPORE – The couple behind the Michelin-recognised Guan Kee Fried Kway Teow stall at 20 Ghim Moh Road Market & Food Centre are retiring after more than 50 years in the business.
They broke the news on their Facebook page on Nov 27 “with a heavy and grateful heart”, but did not say when their last day of operations would be.
Their grandson, who declined to be named, told The Straits Times that the signs that it was time to step back had been apparent for a while.
“They struggle with meeting the physical demands of running the stall, sometimes starting their day as early as 3am to make up for the slower pace that comes with age,” he said.
The Bib Gourmand-listed stall was shuttered when ST went down to Ghim Moh on the morning of Nov 28.
Neighbouring stallholders said it had been closed for a month.
Customers who came down for one last plate of char kway teow left disappointed.
“Happy retirement to them, but I really wished they had handed the business down to someone else,” said businessman David Yeo, who is in his 60s and had been hoping to try the stall’s version of the dish for the first time.
Mr Tan Hock Guan, 78, and his wife, Madam Chang Kha Noi, 76, founded the stall in 1969 on the premises now occupied by Thye Hong Centre in Redhill. The stall moved to its current location in 1978.
Famed for its snaking queues, the stall caught the attention of local food writers over the years and was featured in publications such as The Sunday Times and Lianhe Zaobao.