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S’pore prawn mee hawker plans to close down stall & return to nursing to battle coronavirus

Even though being a hawker is his passion.

Mandy How | February 14, 11:29 pm

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A 41-year-old prawn mee hawker has decided to return to his job as a nurse, 8 Days reports.

This is despite the fact that being a hawker is his passion.

Anson Loo, who has been working at his stall in Ghim Moh Road Market & Hawker Centre for the past three years, runs Prawn Village.

The popular stall has been visited by plenty of food bloggers, and also sees long queues form customers:

Between passion and community

According to 8 Days, Loo used to be a nurse at the National University Hospital (NUH).

The hawker recently wrote in a private Facebook post that he plans to close down his business in order to join his healthcare friends in the fight against Covid-19.

Loo revealed that it took him a “long while” to come to the decision, as it was “weighted in between my passion and what I can do for more people”.

He added that his friends in the healthcare sector also are also “struggling”, and working very hard to ensure that the patients are well taken care of.

Loo declined to be interviewed by 8 Days on the subject matter.

In a 2017 interview with the entertainment mag, however, Loo said that he keeps his prices low so that the elderly in the area can enjoy prawn noodles without paying too much.

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Previously, Loo also took two interns under his wing, where he trained them from scratch and taught them what he knew.

The Prawn Village has not shared its last day of operations, 8 Days adds.

Top image via Prawn Village’s Facebook page 

About Mandy How

Mandy is a pantry rat. She eats everything in the pantry (except other people's food).

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