Hawker, 88, up at 3.30am to run her kway chap stall of 56 years

Madam Chua Meow Ching started selling kway chap to supplement the family income when she and her sailor husband were raising six children. Although two of her sons have taken over the cooking at Covent Garden Kway Chap in Havelock Road Food Centre, s
Madam Chua Meow Ching started selling kway chap to supplement the family income when she and her sailor husband were raising six children.ST PHOTO: GIN TAY
Madam Chua with her son, Tommy Er. Although two of her sons have taken over the cooking, she still puts in 10 hours a day at the stall which is open five days a week.
Madam Chua with her son, Tommy Er. Although two of her sons have taken over the cooking, she still puts in 10 hours a day at the stall which is open five days a week.ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

She may be 88 years old, but Madam Chua Meow Ching still puts in 10 hours a day at the kway chap stall she runs five days a week. The hawker has been selling the dish for the past 56 years and still gets up at 3.30am on the days she opens her stall.

When asked why she is still working, Madam Chua, who runs Covent Garden Kway Chap in Havelock Road Food Centre with her two sons, said in Teochew: "I'm worried my sons cannot cope without me. So I help them."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 01, 2020, with the headline 'Hawker, 88, up at 3.30am to run her kway chap stall of 56 years'. Print Edition | Subscribe