We were quite impressed by the modern nasi lemak at Ah Lemak, opened last July by a pair of enterprising young hawkers in a Tampines kopitiam. So we were surprised to learn that barely five months in, the guys have called it quits.
The sleekly decorated stall was helmed by professionally-trained chef Jason Koh (left in pic), 24, and ex-maritime engineer Cleavon Tan (right), 25. The former honed his skills as an intern for a year at The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar, known for its contemporary European and American plates curated by America-based French celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten – skills which he translated into nasi lemak with atas flourishes like torched unagi and deep-fried soft-shell crab.
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