- Madam Leong (Ah-por)"Dedicated to her craft"
Madam Leong (endearingly called ah por by many) has been selling wanton noodles for over 60 years. She is the founder, owner and operator of Nam Seng Noodles. This is a role that is both mentally and physically challenging for most.
However at age 90, this is not an insurmountable task to her. Even though her family is well established and successful in their own right she proudly runs her business with the vigour and passion so rarely seen these days. She is well into her 90s this decade and her tenacity is still marching strong. At 90 years of age,
Many have described her as the world’s oldest working hawker in Singapore. Known to be feisty and fierce, she continues to have fans that stretch for miles. She is regularly featured in the media from around the world.
From top chefs to food bloggers, everyone has made the effort to visit Madam Leong to taste the simple fare. Tourists from around the world make it a pitstop on their visit to Singapore. In fact, she was 78 when she was told that the lease to her previous stall would not be renewed. One would expect her to retire and enjoy the sunset of her life - not for her. Instead, she finds another location to restart her business and in effect continuing to support the livelihoods of her loyal team of staff.
Singaporeans would be proud of her because of her Singaporean spirit. She is indeed a role model for both young and old folk to emulate.