Close friends will know that I am a big fan of Fei Fei Wanton Noodles, a shop that makes good dumpling noodles. It has been an institution for noodles in Singapore and i have grown up with it. The shop is little old Joo Chiat operates 24 hours and provides me the fix when I need it! In addition, it’s one of the few places I know that you can grab a cup of local coffee as well during the holidays as most shops typically close. There are many blogs (see below) that give a great review of the noodles but I wanted to jump into the history.
When Grandpa Chan Ah Yean bestowed the famous Wanton Mee stall to his 2 maternal grandsons, he must have expected them to share and share alike. This they did to the letter. The brothers would take turns to run the stall on a weekly basis. After a few years, the elder brother decided to go the franchising way and opened the brand new corner coffeeshop selling Fei Fei Wanton Mee 24 hours daily. However, he still kept his rights to the old stall which he mans on alternate weeks.
The brothers have reconciled and he has even helped his brother improve on the quality of his noodles. So now you have two 24 hour shops. One in Joo Chiat Place and the other at Ubi and a happy family.
The issue above is not uncommon. Family businesses have their differences in terms of direction and sometimes fall out happens. But it’s heartening to hear that they have come back together and hopefully the business will get better and stronger. There are other instances where differences cannot be worked out and the business suffers as a result. When these instances happen, there is another group of people who suffer, the loyal customers.
Leave you with a couple of photos to whet your appetite.
For more yummy stuff, check out my post on dumplings.