Toa Payoh’s Western Food Stand Closes After 38 Years, Owner, 78, To Spend More Time With Family – Mothership.SG

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After nearly 40 years, the 78-year-old owner of Asia Western Food in Toa Payoh has called it quits.

Low prices, good chicken

The 78-year-old’s daughter posted on the Toa Payoh Makan Places Facebook group that Uncle Lui had decided to retire and close the business.

Asia Western Food is located at block 116 Toa Payoh Lorong 2.

It was not specified when the last day of the stand would be or if the stand was already closed.

Lui’s daughter explained how difficult it has been to keep prices the same low over the stand’s 38-year history.

However, what kept Lui going was the relationship he had established with his clients.

She noted that it was heartening for him to see clients who had come to him as little children coming back again and again, even after they grew up and started families of their own, and brought their children back with them.

She also recounted the sacrifices Lui had made while leading the stand, rarely taking breaks.

The best opportunity for his family to spend time together was when they came to the booth to help out.

She also talked about the long hours he spent at the booth and very rarely taking days off.

Lui could not find a successor, especially if he was willing to uphold his standards and principles, and therefore felt it best to close shop.

He will now retire and spend more time with his family.


Uncle Lui’s stand has received online recommendations, appeared in several food blogs, and been featured by other media outlets and platforms.

The latter touted its low prices and the nostalgic quality of its lightly breaded, golden fried chicken.

Comments from the farewell messages were full of praise and thanks for the great food and memories customers have had over the years, with many wishing him well.

His daughter signed on his behalf, urging customers to say hello if they met again and wishing his customers a “bright and spicy” life.

Top image via Shin Min Daily News