Thursday, September 10, 2009

86 and going strong

This is my "Ah Ma". She celebrated her 86th Birthday yesterday. I seldom have a chance to take picture with her and she chose to sit beside me during the dinner last night. She didn't smile in the picture but she really looks beautiful when she did...

At the age of 86, she is still cooking Hokkien Mee at Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre where her stall is opposite the toliet. Her cooking hour is from 9:30am to 2:30pm and is closed on Wednesday. Her cooking style is the wet type of hokkien mee where the soup base comes from the fresh prawn and Sotong that she cook in the early morning. (Its so far the best Hokkien Mee I tasted)

My Mum told me that she worked as a Samsui Woman during her younger days and that explain why she is so strong. Her mind is still very sharp, if you order 3-4 packets of hokkien mee of different prices and gives her a $50 note, she can give you the exact change without much thinking. Try her Hokkien Mee before it get extinct.


Anonymous said...

Hokkien Mee Rating:
Die Die must try! 5 Chopsticks.

I have tried it before... slurp..

patrick lim said...

dear adrian,

it was nice to have met up with u and i have to say i enjoyed our informal chat yesterday.

and now, let me take the opportunity of wishing your still good looking aunt, many more good years of health and wealth.

and yes, i will love to have a taste of what u term as the best fried hokkien mee in singapore.


ps: do i get any discount if i say i know u?


only joking, lah!

patrick lim

Anonymous said...

You are a joker!

"Try her Hokkien Mee before it get extinct."...

You wishing her long life or ???

Khiat Han Hwee Adrian said...

No lar. She had a cataract operation last year and kept complaining to me about her swollen legs. Don't know how long more she can cook.

It may not be the most popular hokkien mee in Singapore but to me its the best and I will always go eat whenever I have the chance.

Khiat Han Hwee Adrian said...

Hi Patrick,

Thanks for your coffee and giving me useful tips on how I can do better in this business.

I felt a lot better after hearing all your past experiences and its an important booster for me in the days ahead.

Thanks for pulling me up when I'm down.

Anonymous said...

Actually she shouldn't work if she's been through operation and got a swollen leg. At her age, her children and grandchildren should support her by giving her money.

I tried her mee a few months ago and felt the standard dropped since a few years ago. That's why I say maybe it's time she rest. Let her enjoy her remaining years.

Khiat Han Hwee Adrian said...

We just let her choose if she wants to work or not. She stopped for a while when she had a cataract operation last year but came back to work after 1 month. She said too bored already...

Remember to go only before 2:30pm. 2:30pm to 5:30pm are cooked by my mum. Not that bad but the best still from my grandma.