One of them came to pursue his studies but his true vocation is in the kitchen. And it certainly proved to be the right thing to do.
When he was managing the Malaysia Hall Canteen, his koayteow goreng and mee bandong was legendary. Malaysians visitors would come back in droves for seconds. The locals became loyal customers and later close friends. The hospitality that he and his wife offer can be compared to none.
Long after their contract at the canteen ended, when it was still in Bryanston Square, people are still talking about his food. Any gatherings held at his house, you can be assured that there's standing room only. Come hari raya, even strangers make their way there after hearing the reputation and his skills in the kitchen.
Also, I am hoping to talk to another husband and wife team - old friends of ours too - who had made a success of their venture in restaurant food. They too started with Malaysia Hall canteen and then opened up one restaurant before the present Makan Cafe in Portobello.
These people are fine examples of people who work hard and make it in a foreign land.
Insyallah, traffic permitting, Sunday 19th April, if you want to join in, go to www.nusoundradio.com and click to listen live at about 1505 London time. This is The Sounds of Malaysia, community radio, thus the programme is full of advertisements.
Insyaallah, we will be on air on Nusoundradio.com 92 FM.
So, wherever you are now, if you had passed through London in the late 90's and had visited Malaysia Hall canteen during its glorious days in Bryanston Square, you must have enjoyed the hospitality and delicious food from Azhar and Ani, and later Ton Din and Midah.
I am also looking forward to play some very old Malay classics from Tok Din's collections.
So, tune in, ya?
PS - we should be on air at 1505 London time and 10.05 pm in Malaysia. Insyaallah.