It is a popular spot in Jalan Pantai Baru, Bangsar, attracting a steady stream of customers day and night – Ali Cafe Tomyam Seafood restaurant is owned by Ali Syed Mohamed, 52. But, it wasn’t a smooth-sailing process, he had to endure such a difficult time before achieving what he has today.
1. He used to sell burgers for 10 years
He started selling burgers after graduating from the Junior Certificate of Education (SRP) in the 1980s to help his family. With only RM500, he opened a burger stall and worked as early as 10 am until 1
2. Only managed to sell two burgers a day
He has been through a lot of ups and downs. There was a time when he only managed to sell two burgers a day. But, he never gave up because that’s the only job that he can do – he can’t easily quit.
3. He then sell fried noodles
As the burger business wasn’t doing that good, he then decided to sell fried noodles with help from his friend. Then, they sketched a plan on how to expand the business.
4. Spreading the wings
Due to her hard work and perseverance, he finally spread the wings by opening Ali Cafe at Jalan Pantai Baharu. The building worth more than RM 3 million. Thanks to his wife and children, they helped a lot in running the business.
5. Selling affordable food for students
He likes to help others. Ali Cafe Tomyam Seafood restaurant sells RM 1 drink for students – they just need to show the student card to get the price. He still observes burgers stalls run by youngsters and help in any way that he could.
6. Expelled from the premise before
The owner of Ali Cafe Tomyam Seafood restaurant shared that he was once being expelled from the premise due to technical problems, but with the help from Kuala Lumpur Bumiputera Traders and Traders Association, he managed to overcome the problem.
7. Received an award from DBKL
His business has received recognition from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) a few years ago due to the level of cleanliness of the premise that is satisfying. He will continue to serve the customers with top-notch services.