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Patrons mourn the passing of famous Hock Kee Fried Kway Teow Hawker

Patrons grieve the loss of Uncle Song, the beloved hawker of the renowned Hock Kee Fried Kway Teow stall at Berseh Food Centre, who passed away at 69.



SINGAPORE: Song Yancheng (宋炎成), the beloved hawker behind the renowned Hock Kee Fried Kway Teow stall at Berseh Food Centre, passed away at the age of 69.

Affectionately known as Uncle Song by his regulars, he was renowned for his meticulous preparation of char kway teow, frying each plate with precision.

Customers willingly waited for his signature dish, featuring dark, sultry noodles infused with wok hei, accompanied by eggs, bean sprouts, and blood cockles.

Announcing the sorrowful news of his passing, Uncle Song’s children, who manage the stall’s Facebook page, shared that Hock Kee will be closing permanently.

The news sparked an outpouring of grief and gratitude from loyal patrons on the Facebook page.

According to a post, Uncle Song passed away after serving his last plate of char kway teow on Monday (18 March).

Uncle Song’s passing was not attributed to any specific cause.

Currently, his family is hosting a five-day wake in his honour at 388A Bukit Batok West Ave 5, S651388, as per a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Hock Kee Fried Kway Teow traces its origins back over 50 years when it began as a humble pushcart along Maude Road.

Initially managed by Uncle Song’s mother-in-law, he later assumed the proprietorship.

He transitioned from the pushcart to a stall in a coffee shop at Syed Alwi Road before eventually relocating to Berseh Food Centre in 2015.

Renowned for his meticulous approach and commitment to quality,

Uncle Song served up plate after plate of dark, sultry, wok hei-laden kway teow, adorned with eggs, bean sprouts, and blood cockles.

In a 2019 interview, Uncle Song shared his pride in supporting his family and enabling his children’s education through the small business.

Despite his children’s suggestions of retirement, Uncle Song felt a strong sense of obligation and affection toward his loyal customers, compelling him to persist.

“I told them, I could still work, I should fry a little more because I have feelings towards my regular customers, though I can do less and be semi-retired. ”

“Without this stall, my children wouldn’t be able to attend university, and I wouldn’t have the fortune of having so many grandchildren. My family rely on this char kway teow stall. I raised my family with this stall.”

Social media platforms overflowed with heartfelt condolences from Uncle Song’s devoted regulars, many of whom cherished memories of growing up enjoying his culinary creations.

Some proclaimed Uncle Song’s kway teow as the best they had ever tasted, while others nostalgically recounted decades of patronage, testifying to the enduring excellence of his dishes.


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Singapore’s hawker culture is dying a slow death. High rentals, high running costs and long sweaty working hours coupled with small margins highly discourages the younger generation from taking up the trade. One hawker at a time, hawker centres will empty out. They will retire, go out of business or simply pass away. This is the reality of Singapore’s “UNESCO” recognised hawkers culture under the ruling government. Throughout history, it is not uncommon for authoritarian regimes to utterly destroy the intangible culture of a country. But I doubt you will find a case where greed is the sole driving force.… Read more »