When the Government imposed Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) last month to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country, many businesses were badly affected, especially hawker stalls as most people were asked to work from home and dine-in were no longer allowed.
One such case is of an elderly hawker who sells fried kway teow at Amoy Street Hawker Centre.
According to a concerned netizen named Sharon Lau, she said that the elderly hawker’s business is suffering terribly as he depends on foot traffic, and that with “minimal technology knowledge” that he has, his stall is not even listed on any delivery apps.
As such, Ms Lau urged the public to support the “old uncle”, who allegedly been selling char kway teow since the 1960s, and shared his plight in the Facebook page of Hawkers United – Dabao 20202 on Monday (7 June).
She also attached an image of the elderly man sitting near his stall waiting for customers to walk in.
The Facebook post has since gone viral, and at the time of writing, it has garnered over 3,900 shares.
Netizens queued up to support elderly hawker
After the post went viral, many netizens decided to help the old uncle and started going to his stall to purchase his fried kway teow.
In the comment section of the post, many netizens expressed that they are on the way to the stall to support the elderly hawker, with some sharing photos of the long queue that has formed outside his stall.
Some even noted that they couldn’t get hold of his char kway teow on the day they went to purchase as it was sold out. One user said that the elderly hawker completed sold out his food by 1pm.
One user was thankful that the Facebook post worked as he saw a long queue at the stall as the public came forward to support the hawker.
A number of online users, including the elderly hawker’s former customers, vouched that the old uncle’s char kway teow is “delicious” and one of the best in Singapore. One customer event said that the char kway teow remained warm and tasted good even after an hour plus.
Separately, a netizen pointed out that the uncle’s stall is listed on WhyQ, adding that he cooks the food in small batches to ensure they are all well cooked.
“Even though he goes around with a bit of limp, he endures the physical difficulties to continue with the tedious frying process,” he said, encouraging others to make an order from his stall on WhyQ.