“Despite her blindness, Mona has frequented the café for years” 

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Lim Boi Eng & Mona. Capital Café, Kuala Lumpur 2016

Mona who is blind has made the trip by bus to Capital Café almost every morning for a number of years. The friendship between Lim Boi Eng and her was obvious.

Capital Café on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman has stood relatively unchanged for more than 50 years. The café is currently managed by three Hockchew siblings who inherited the business from their father.

An old menu, dated 1956, gives an indication of when the café first started. In the 1960s, the Lim family took over the business. The diversity of shops near where the café is located has changed to one of mainly textile shops.

Lim Boi Eng has worked here all her life along with her two siblings mentioned shops such as Kee Huat Radio and Peiping Lace which has long since closed.

Boi Eng’s eldest brother, Lin Kee Hua, 68, still makes the drinks, eggs and toast and she helps out while her other brother, KY Lin, 58 is usually found at the payment counter.

When asked about how the café will evolve, Boi Eng said simply that they would carry on as long as they can.

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