Flourishing chop suey shops fill a need in north St. Louis | Metro

“It’s our way of doing business, we’re opening up,” said Stanley Ng, 65, who stood shoulder to shoulder by the takeaway window with his brother Daniel.

Her parents emigrated from China and founded the company in 1973.

“We’re older than Microsoft,” said Daniel Ng, 63, with a smile.

Yet they don’t remember a single restaurant review. Over time, they built their own reputation in soy sauce and made relationships.

“He knows my name,” said Sylvestor Rhodes, 66, and swallowed a shrimp St. Paul sandwich at a nearby bus stop. “Sometimes when I’m little he goes ahead and gives it to me. He doesn’t give me a lip. I think that’s because he takes me there all the time.”

The Ng brothers don’t live in the area, but they have ridden the ups and downs of the neighborhood.

In 1987, the Mandarin Inn faced one of the worst mass shootings in St. Louis history when seven employees of the now-closed national supermarket were shot and killed in the execution style, five of them fatal. There have been tons of minor but still frightening incidents, including an after-hours robbery.

“We are business people,” said Daniel Ng. “When there is an opportunity, we take it. There are Chinese restaurants all over the world. We ended up here by chance. We work hard, you know. We can have business anywhere.”

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