San Luis Obispo, CA

This popular San Luis Obispo noodle house is (apparently) really haunted

Evie M.
Not food from Lee Hang Low restaurant. I couldn't find a picture I could use so this is a stock photo.Frank from 5 AM Ramen on Unsplash

When a Californian (or at least me) hears the name “San Luis Obispo”, immediately thoughts of rolling hills, swanky homes, and one of the most famous Farmers Markets in the country comes to mind. I’m not sure what comes to your mind when you think of it, whether it be home or simply a beautiful California locale, but I’d bet for the majority of you “ghosts” weren’t on the table. 

Or maybe they were and I”m just way behind. For those of you who are like me and only just now learning all these strange and shocking things about your home state, stay with me because we’re going to cover a pretty curious place. 

Who would’ve thought San Luis Obispo was home to an (allegedly) haunted noodle house? 

Why is the Mee Heng Low Noodle House considered to be so haunted? 

Located at 815 Palm St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, The Mee Heng Low Noodle House is a staple of San Luis Obispo life. Personally, I’ve never eaten there, but it’s been around a very, very long time, garnering a reputation as “SLO’s favorite noodle house”. 

Paul Kwong, the owner of the noodle house, has extensive experience in the food industry, running the Broad St. Rhythm Cafe, and a decade long stint as the executive chef at Embassy Suites. However, the idea to open a noodle store came from the noodle stand his family ran at the famous San Luis Obispo Farmers Market. Once the space for Mee Heng Low became available, Mr. Kwong pounced and never looked back, having “an interest in the location for years.” 

Mr. Kwong’s story of hardwork and patience is an inspiring one, but it’s not the story I’m interested in. Sorry, Mr. Kwong, but I want to know about the ghosts. Fortunately, Mr. Kwong has spoken openly many times about all the creepy, unexplainable things that have happened in his restaurant. 

Originally, Mee Heng Low was opened by a man named Gin Jack way back in 1927, and though the Gins still own the restaurant, Kwon took over operations. And it is the original Gin family that Mr. Kwong thinks is still in the restaurant. 

According to Mr. Kwong, pots fall “mysteriously” from their shelves when the staff is working at the front of the restaurant, and when they’re in the kitchen, the delivery bike bell chimes. A waiter claims to have seen a small boy run through the dining room, which is where the Gins lived. Mr. Kwong’s son Russel told him he dreamed of  “old Mrs. Gin asking him insistently for a Mountain Dew”. When he woke and told his friend Cody, Mrs. Gin’s grandson, he told Russel it was his grandma’s favorite drink. 

Russel decided to buy some Mountain Dew and place the cans in the dining room fridge upstairs. When a customer ordered a Mountain Dew, the entire carton was empty. It was also completely unopened. 


I know where I’m getting some noodles when I come home to California. My only question is: Who’s coming with me?

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