Five famous hawker stalls revived

SINGAPORE - Famed Teochew seafood stall Ah Orh at Sin Ming Road served its last dish on Sunday, but foodie fans of chef Wu Ling Wu may be pleased to know that they can get similar Teochew classics at his brother's restaurant.

The restaurant in Bukit Merah, which has the same name, is run by chef Wu Ling Zhen, and is still in operation.

For loyal patrons of famous eateries, there are times when restaurants that close get a second lease of life at a different location.

Here are five hawker resurrections:

1. Kok Kee Wanton Noodle

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The popular wonton noodle store was closed for half a year after the Lavender Food Square had to make way for a new development.

It came back in March this year, relocating to the Lavender Food Hub @ Zhuge Liang in Hoa Nam Building.

There is also a second outlet of the stall run by a second generation at the Jurong West Food Centre (Block 505, Jurong West Street 52)

2. South Buona Vista Road Famous Teochew Boneless Duck Rice

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The famous Lim Seng Lee duck rice which was at South Buona Vista Road closed in June 2013. Founder Mr Lim Ah Too's four children did not want to take over the stall.

But a month later, Mr Lim's brother-in-law Mr Ang Chiap Teck started selling the duck rice known for its herbal gravy at Sam Leong Road.

Mr Ang said he wanted to continue the tradition for as long as possible, until he has to retire. The taste is the same although the stall does not use the Lim Seng Lee name anymore.

3. Kim's Fried Hokkien Mee

In the 80s, Kim's Hokkien mee was a household name but the stall vanished in the 90s. It has now re-surfaced at a few locations, and the stalls are apparently run by founder Mr Tan Kue Kim's sons.

There are now three branches at 62B Jalan Eunos, 56 Bedok South and NEX Food Junction in Serangoon Central.

4. Siang Hee

This famous zi char restaurant closed briefly when the Zion Road coffeeshop it was located in went en-bloc.

It then relocated to Serangoon Garden Food Centre, where it once again drew crowds.

It is known for Hakka-style fried pig trotters with a marmalade chilli sauce and tempura prawns with mashed pumpkin curry cream,among other dishes.

5. Armenian Street Char Kway Teow

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It's called Armenian Street Char Kway Teow, but the main outlet of this famous hawker stall is now located at Sengkang.

The stall, which was started by Mr Tan Chong Chia in 1949, used to be next to the now-demolished National Library building at the junction of Stamford Road and Armenian Street.

Now called Armenian Street Fried Kway Teow, there are three outlets run by his sons.

Outlets are located at Block 303 Anchorvale Link, Tampines Round Market, Block 137A Tampines Street 11; and at Block 24 Sin Ming Road.

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