Nudedles.4: Hawker whose pasta pop-up drew 4.5-hour queues to shut stall on Jan 28

By Gaelmaine Hoong January 9, 2023
Nudedles.4: Hawker whose pasta pop-up drew 4.5-hour queues to shut stall on Jan 28
Nudedles.4 owner Clarence Chooi with his linguine lobster bisque (left) and fusilli pesto (right). Photo: Koh Mui Fong/HungryGoWhere

Nudedles.4, a hawker stall best known for drawing snaking queues during a wildly successful pasta pop-up last year, will stop operating on Jan 28.

In an Instagram post on Sunday (Jan 8), the people behind Nudedles.4 said that “a multitude of factors such as rising costs and (a) lack of manpower” led to their decision to close the stall at Chinatown Complex Food Centre

Thanking customers for their support, Nudedles.4 added: “In the meantime, we will still be operating the usual hours and serving the usual delicious pasta! Thank you for your continuous support. Come down to get your nudedles before Pasta La Vista!”

When HungryGoWhere contacted owner Clarence Chooi, 28, on Monday, he declined further comment, saying that he was busy preparing for the closure. 

Chooi interned and worked at Michelin-starred and fine-dining restaurants before starting Nudedles.4 in December 2021. 

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Photo: Koh Mui Fong/HungryGoWhere

Nudedles.4 went viral last year for its month-long tie-up with Mirko Febbrile, an Italian chef who worked for the Michelin-starred eatery Braci. The pop-up set off snaking queues at the hawker centre, with customers in line as early as four-and-a-half hours before the shutters went up. 

It has gained a significant following since then. 

The stall is known for its delicious pastas at affordable prices. Its spaghetti aglio e olio, for example, goes for S$4.50. 

The announcement of its closure came suddenly, less than four months after the conclusion of the much-raved-about pop-up. 

It was a shock to its patrons, who took to the comments section lamenting its impending closure and expressing their love for Chooi’s pasta — particularly his linguine lobster bisque, spaghetti carbonara and fusilli pesto

One customer wrote: “Thanks for giving me the best carbonara I’ve had. Hope you’ll come back again someday.” 

 

Nudedles.4 is on the GrabFood delivery service. You can also book a ride to its stall at Chinatown Complex Food Centre. 

Nudedles.4

Chinatown Complex Food Centre, 02-034, 335 Smith Street 
Nearest MRT station: Chinatown 
Open: Tuesdays to Sundays (11am until the food sells out)

Chinatown Complex Food Centre, 02-034, 335 Smith Street 
Nearest MRT station: Chinatown 
Open: Tuesdays to Sundays (11am until the food sells out)


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Gaelmaine Hoong

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