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Mouth Restaurant opened its second outlet on 9 August 2010, in remembrance of early Chinese immigrants to Singapore. The newly-opened Mou...
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Mouth Restaurant opened its second outlet on 9 August 2010, in remembrance of early Chinese immigrants to Singapore. The newly-opened Mouth Restaurant is located along South Bridge Road, where most of the early immigrants lived and eked out a living as coolies. It occupies five and a half shophouse space bordering China Square Central - an especially significant and meaningful location as these conservation shophouses used to be the living quarters of Chinese immigrants. Mouth Restaurant was first established in the 1980s in Chinatown Point to serve the increasing number of Hong Kong immigrants leaving the territory for Singapore as a result of the impending 1997 handover from Britain to China. The Chinese name of Mouth Restaurant, Di Mao Guan, was derived from the Cantonese phrase Tae Mow Tong - a reference to the street food stalls in early Hong Kong popular with labourers who were used to squatting while having their meals. In Cantonese, Tae means "ground", Mow means "squat" and Tong refers to "stall". Mow also sounds like the English word "mouth" and hence, Mouth Restaurant was born.