Hawker Behind Thriving Ah Lim Nasi Lemak Closes Stall At Maxwell After Three Months, Turns To Home-Based Business
Why did the Chinese-Muslim-owned stall vacate the space despite the long queues?
Things went “crazy” for Chinese-Muslim hawker Aishah Lim, 38, after 8days.sg’s coverage of her hawker stall, Ah Lim Nasi Lemak, which she opened at Maxwell Food Centre in early January. “I was serving customers every day from 8.30am in the morning to 1pm non-stop,” shares the hawker, who turned a childhood cooking with her Peranakan Hokkien mum into a stall specialising in nasi lemak and prawn noodles. “I was like an octopus, running around the stall trying to cook and serve without any breaks [until closing].”
But just three months later, she chose to suddenly close shop due to disagreements with the hawker whom she shared the stall with. She tells us the arguments started because of rent and escalated to the point where a working relationship was no longer viable.
Meanwhile, she’s turned Ah Lim Nasi Lemak into a home-based business while hunting for a new place to call home.
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