Goodbye and thank you for the memories.
An elderly, hunchbacked peddler who runs the Asian Western food stall at Blk 116 Toa Payoh Lorong 2 finally calls it a day after nearly 40 years.
In a post to the Toa Payoh Makan Places Facebook group on Friday, September 16, a woman who identified herself as the peddler’s daughter announced her retirement.
The woman, Betti Lui, said her age was a factor in the decision to close the business after 38 years.
“It’s been extremely difficult to maintain the prices (sic) you’ve had for the years he’s been running this business. But with every smile on your faces, it’s been worth it,” she wrote.
However, Betti shared that her father’s age “has finally caught up and he’s no longer able to serve you.”
A testament to the stall’s longevity, Betti described how “comforting” it was for his father to see the little boys and girls who once frequented the stall return as “men and women, fathers and mothers”, “and their kids say, ‘Hello Uncle, five chicken wings please?'”
Sharing that Him and their family have had to sacrifice time together over the many decades due to the business, she added, “It’s time he retired and spent more time with us.”
According to social media posts, his booth is open daily from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Unfortunately, Uncle Lui’s stall and recipes will not be passed on, as Betti explained that it was “difficult to find someone to take over this stall and to live up to the standards and principles on which this place operated” .
And it seems Uncle Lui has earned quite a loyal following over the decades.
In a Facebook post last November, a customer urged more customers to support the elderly peddler, who he said had developed a hunched back over the past two or three years.
In another post shared earlier this year, a Facebook user said he was amazed that Lui’s Fried Whole Spring Chicken was priced at “only $8” and praised the peddler for doing it “all by himself” despite his advanced age.
Their posts have caused many former customers to reminisce about Lui’s food since childhood, praising the quality of his dishes as well as his service.
Betti, however, did not indicate when is, or was, the stand’s last day of service.
She shared her farewell photo thanking customers for their support over the years, “May your life be bright and spicy, like its chili!”