30 Oct '13, 3am

Owner of Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist bears 15cm-long scars and cannot stand for long as she had major...

Madam Lai Yau Kiew bears the scars - literally - of nearly four decades in the hawker business, but in all that time she has managed to keep the recipes to her wonton, dumpling and soya sauce chicken noodles a secret. Two 15cm-long scars run down her knees. The 62-year old owner of Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist went for a major knee operation in March because the cartilage around those joints was worn down from the long hours she spent on her feet. Thick, varicose veins wrap around her feet - damaged by a frightening incident that saw her end up in hospital last year. She told The Straits Times she had been talking to a fellow hawker outside her two adjacent stalls at Hong Lim Food Centre, when she felt the floor was sticky. "I looked down, and saw blood the colour of pig's liver all over the floor - it was scary." Her varicose veins had ruptured and the ensuing operation...

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