Famous Penang 'char koay teow' uncle is back from leave

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The famous Siam Road Char Koay Teow stall in George Town, Penang, is back in business after a 10-day break.

After being named one of the Top 50 World Street Food Masters and receiving wide coverage in the media, 76-year-old fried noodle "sifu" Tan Chooi Hong announced that his stall would be closed from June 24 to July 3.

Sin Chew Daily reported that this led to speculation that Tan was stressed out or ill.

However, when the daily visited the stall on Tuesday, Tan denied the claims, saying he stopped operations temporarily to repair his old pushcart.

Customers queued for up to three hours for a plate.

The char koay teow stall was ranked 14th in the top 50 at the World Street Food Congress 2017 in Manila, the Philippines, recently.

Tan runs the stall with his son Kean Huat, 52.

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