Local Thai wonton mee stall denies copying famous Bangkok eatery

SINGAPORE - A local Thai wonton mee stall has clarified that it is not trying to pass itself off as a franchise of Bangkok's famous SabX2 Wanton Noodles.

Photos posted by reviewers on sites like TripAdvisor in recent months show that the Thai eatery, located along Soi Petchburi 19, has put up signs that read "No branch, in Singapore". They are apparently directed at another popular stall here which has named itself Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee.

One of its shareholders told Shin Min Daily News that "Soi 19" simply means "Street 19" in Thai, and that they chose the name in recognition of the wonton mee stall in Bangkok.

He added that it was after trying their noodles that they decided to learn the recipe from their Thai relatives. The ingredients, however, were tweaked to suit the Singaporean palate. For instance, Soi 19 uses lup cheong and fried wontons.

The shareholder said that after they were alerted to the signs about two months ago, they posted a notice on their Facebook page to clear the air.

"We are not related nor part of a franchise. We are unique on our own," the Jan 18 post reads.

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Posted by Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee onĀ Sunday, 17 January 2016