Inside: Sunny's Spicy Noodle Cafe - a half english breakfast/spicy noodle express just under a minutes walk from Balham station that's been going for 18 years.
There's all walks of life popping by but mainly builders / old people munching solo with a paper. Its open 6.45am-3.45pm Mon-Sun, and the menu's half-english as that's what it used to be. So if you wake up craving sizzling beef ho fun with a side of hash browns; or prawn toasts and hot apple pie with custard, Sunny's got you covered. Egg, bacon sausage beans on toast, stir fried rice, aloe vera juice, coffee and a fridge stocked full of kitkats - condiments cuddle Colemans mustard, soy sauce, ketchup and chilli oil (taken to adding a splash of vinegar on your roast duck noodles and wontons).Little Chinese decor flags and old english framed paintings ('the lure of the underground') kept in there from the 80s; when talking to him a lady who used to work there 50+ years back as a waitress when it was an english cafe was eating and talking to sunny.
Routes: Sunny used to work in as a Hotel Manager in mainland china before moving to Mitcham; he still goes back regularly to visit his children living in Xianxiang Hong Kong and his parents. Changes over the years? A 70/30 percent split of English breakfast ordering but now its 70% Chinese. "It's harder for food businesses now - less people eating out, more online ordering and lots closing down along this high street as rents are rising" but please don't go anywhere with your safehouse, Sunny. His favourite dish? A bowl of instant noodles. Catch him at the counter everyday with the football on reading the paper ready to talk to his regulars.
COVID - Sunny's still going, steady; open 6.45 - 3.45 dodged the curfew. And he's got his flow of loyal locals who come for the hospitality, the experience. "I've seen people come here as babies, then with their partners and then with their babies. People die. People always come back because they want to chat because they're lonely or they want someone to cook for them. Crowds not changed that much over the years - not that many young people "we're not trendy like Gails". Usually closes for 10 days over Christmas as goes back to Hong Kong to visit parents who are 80, but this year wont be as the borders closed due to Covid.