Mdm Leong Yeut Meng is 91 years previous.
For a few years — almost 60 to be precise — she had been promoting wonton mee. She is the founding father of Nam Seng Noodle Home.
Shut her enterprise at Far East Sq.
In accordance with CNA, she was one among Singapore’s oldest hawkers, if not the oldest, as much as the day she shut her enterprise at Far East Sq. in July this 12 months.
Nam Seng Noodle Home was once exterior the Nationwide Library at Stamford Highway. 60 years in the past, she arrange the enterprise with cash from her late husband.
She discovered learn how to make wonton mee from her cousin, an amah.
In accordance with Leong, there’s a which means behind her stall’s title. She mentioned to CNA:
“Nam means Nanyang (Southeast Asia), since we had been doing enterprise in Nanyang, and Seng represents a profitable enterprise.”
Her wonton noodles again then price S$0.30. It then slowly elevated over time to S$0.50, S$1, after which S$5.
20 years in the past, she moved her stall to Far East Sq.. Apart from wonton mee, she additionally offered fried rice, venison hor enjoyable and seafood hor enjoyable with the assistance of a group of workers.
Curiously, as much as the day she closed her enterprise, Leong opted to make her wontons by hand.
Covid-19 pandemic, leasing points
The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent work-from-home preparations despatched her wonton mee demand into steep decline. Sadly, she needed to shut down her enterprise in July.
Leong instructed CNA that her enterprise “dropped drastically in a single day”.
Though she wish to keep the Nam Seng Noodle Home model which she painstakingly construct up, it was “very exhausting” to get it again to the place it was pre-pandemic.
Another excuse Leong closed her enterprise was due to leasing points. She mentioned to CNA:
“Once I began renting there 20 years in the past, the individuals (constructing administration) had been good. Who knew that they’d change this 12 months and change into tough to speak to?”
You may watch Leong’s CNA interview right here: