25 Nov '14, 1pm

The Master’s Wanton Mee

Mr Tang went to Hong Kong from Guangzhou, China, a year after the Cultural Revolution in 1949. “No I did not run away and swim over, but took a train ride over, as the borders were not completely shut then” and toiled and learnt his craft in Cantonese restaurants. He moved to Singapore in 1978 and served hand-made noodles and porridge at a stall in Lucky Plaza, and among the regulars who liked his work was Mr Alfred Leung Chi Wai, former partner at Crystal Jade and now head honcho at Imperial Treasure Restaurant. He hired Mr Tang and set up the restaurant, and in the 17 years Mr Tang was with them, he trained no less than 25 head chefs there. Even Mr Cheung, of Fatty Ox, acknowledges him as “sifu”. He said Mr Leung came to his stall a week after opening and jokingly said he stole Crystal Jade’s wanton mee recipe. “ How could I, when it’s my recipe all along”, was his retort.

Full article: http://www.makansutra.com/stories/1/1285/TheMaster%E2%80%...

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