Graduates turn 'Hawker Heroes' at new Yishun outlet in Northpoint

Gabriel Choo
(Photo: Hawker Heroes)

Singapore has a unique and authentic hawker culture, which Pezzo Group aims to preserve with their latest concept, Hawker Heroes.

Hawker Heroes ‘provides young and passionate next-gen hawkers a bigger and national stage to showcase their time-honoured dishes, and at the same time continue the legacy of their family recipes’, said Pezzo in a press release on Thursday (21 September).

Located in Northpoint Shopping Centre in Yishun, the very first Hawker Heroes outlet will be helmed by graduates who have decided to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit and continue their family businesses – Hong Seng Curry Rice and Ru Ji Kitchen.

Hong Seng Curry Rice offers Singapore’s beloved Hainanese curry rice, which boasts a thick consistency thanks to a medley of spices accompanied with traditional Hainanese pork chop, succulent curry chicken, homemade char siew and ikan bilis.

The business is currently helmed by Lim Jia Han, 27, who took over from his father and uncle after graduating with a degree in banking and finance in 2014. The stall had humble beginnings back in 1995 at Redhill Hawker Centre.

Over at Ru Ji Kitchen, biochemist Joanne Ng, 35, and her husband, Daniel, succeeded Ng’s father in taking over the stall, which began doling out its marquee dish fishball noodles at Holland Drive in 2003.

The couple get up at 4am everyday just to mould the fishballs, prepare the sambal and fry the pork lard. All the fishballs and fishcakes are handmade with 100 per cent pure fish meat. The sambal includes garlic, shallots, candlenut, galangal and minced dry shrimps. Ng’s fishball noodles are usually sold out by 1pm every day, and have won numerous awards.

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