Popular lor mee stall of nearly 47 years, Wei Nan Wang Hock Kian Lor Mee, has permanently closed

Wei Nan Wang Hock Kian Lor Mee has recently announced the permanent closure of their Market Street Hawker Centre stall in a post on Facebook published on 23 Oct 2022, after nearly 47 years of selling lor mee.

Wei Nan Wang Hock Kian Lor Mee - Exterior Shot

In the post, it mentions that the owners, Mr and Mrs Lee have decided to retire and let go of the stall and are in the midst of transferring the space to another hawker. According to some netizens, Mrs Lee mentioned how Mr Lee’s memory and health are declining. Mrs Lee herself cannot stand for too long. The married couple are in their 80s.

Wei Nan Wang Hokkien Lor Mee - Crowd Shot

Wei Nan Wang Hock Kian Lor Mee started all the way back in 1975 by Mr and Mrs Lee. Mr Lee started out as an apprentice back in the 60s in Chinatown. They had their first stall by the Singapore River but had to move to Golden Shoe Hawker Centre when an MRT line was built over it in 1980s.

Wei Nan Wang Hokkien Lor Mee - Lor Mee

Their lor mee differed greatly from most lor mee stalls. For starters, their gravy was much more watery as compared to traditional lor mee which is characterised by its viscosity and use of eggs.

They used steamed fish instead of the usual fried ones and also included lean pork meat as well as pork skin. Their lor mee is topped off with homemade fried fritters.

Wei Nan Wang Hock Kian Lor Mee - Lor Mee

Apart from its distinctive lor mee, Wei Nan Wang Hock Kian Lor Mee was also known for its affordability. A bowl of lor mee that’s packed with toppings only costs S$3.50/S$4.50, prices of which which were unheard of especially in the CBD area.

Despite it being sombre news, we can at least know that Mr and Mrs Lee will finally be able to enjoy their well-deserved retirement knowing that they have filled thousands of tummies, and more importantly, the precious memories created with every bowl.

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