Hawker Sells $2.50 Sungei Road-Style Laksa After Quitting Sales Manager Job
63 Laksa at Ghim Moh is made using a recipe from the hawker’s grandfather — the latter also used to own a Sungei Road-style laksa stall.
Kelly Ng offers just two items at his laksa stall, simply named 63 Laksa, at Ghim Moh Road Market & Food Centre – “Sungei Road-style” laksa with cockles and beansprouts from $2.50 a bowl, and large otah that he cooks on an electric grill ($1.30 each).
“I wanted something that I could retire into,” explains the 51-year-old hawker, who opened 63 Laksa in 2015 after quitting his job as corporate sales manager in the telecommunications industry. “The income drop [after a corporate job] is drastic, but it’s enough to raise a family and be just comfortable, not extravagant. As long as food standards and costs are maintained, my ‘retirement’ work is secure. And, no, I won’t be making any down payments for a Ferrari any time soon,” he jokes. On a more serious note, he adds: “However, the most important change is the level of stress. I [now] have peace of mind at the end of my work day. No pending emails, projects or targets on my horizon”. The towkay, who runs the stall alone (helped by an assistant during peak periods), only opens shop for breakfast and lunch.
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