Boss of famous bak chor mee stall in Bedok dies
THE boss of a well-known bak chor mee stall in Bedok, who had sold his minced meat noodles in the area for 40 years, died on Wednesday from cancer.
Sim Chee Huat's stall Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian, at Block 85, Fengshan Market and Food Centre, is unique as it sold only soup versions and no "dry" option.
My Paper understands that the 65-year-old died of colorectal cancer after battling it since last year.
Yap Tiong Chye, 52, who has helped out at the stall for more than 30 years, told My Paper yesterday that Mr Sim was "a very good man", one who was "very serious about his noodles".
Mr Yap added that Mr Sim's sister, who has also helped out at the stall for about 30 years, would carry on the business.
The stall is currently closed and will reopen on Sunday from 2pm to 1am.
Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao first broke the news in a report yesterday that said the hawker died at 2.14pm, leaving behind his wife and two daughters.
Stallholders at the popular hawker centre were shocked and saddened by his death.
My Paper understands that the owner of next-door competitor Seng Hiang Bak Chor Mee is likely to pay his condolences at Mr Sim's funeral wake.
Wanbao reported it is being held at Block 918A, Hougang Avenue 9 until Saturday morning.
Long-time customer Simon Ho, 58, who has lived in the area for 30 years, said the bak chor mee stalls are a "permanent fixture" in the area.
Mr Ho, who is semi-retired, eats at Mr Sim's stall often and said he was "a very friendly guy".
Student Sharon Lau, 16, who has lived in the area for nine years, said Mr Sim's death was "saddening".
She added that she would continue eating from his stall if "the taste is the same".
A bowl of noodles from Mr Sim's stall costs $2.50 or $3 and is served with minced pork, lard and cut red chilli.
According to The Business Times, he had first learnt the craft from his father in 1976 when they were street hawkers in today's Simpang Bedok.
They moved to Bedok North Street 4 six years later.