Millennial Rosti Hawkers Close Stall After Months Of “Less Than $1,000” Take-Home Pay
“I put in so much effort and got this amount. It’s impossible to [survive] on $1,000 a month,” says the young owner of western food stall Burgrill at Hong Lim Food Centre.
Much has been said about the future of hawkers in Singapore — the notoriously tough profession is mainly taken up by the older generations, while youngsters brave enough to give it a shot found themselves struggling. Like mod nasi lemak stall Ah Lemak, which shut down after only five months due to poor business and diners remarking that its $6.50 chicken thigh nasi lemak was “so expensive”.
Another young hawker-run stall that recently closed is Burgrill. The Hong Lim Food Centre stall specialises in house-made Swiss rosti and hearty Western fare like burgers, steaks and chicken chops. It was set up last March by brothers Milton Tan, 36, a Shatec-trained chef, and former finance professional Algin Tan, 31, who ventured into F&B after unfortunately losing his life savings of $40,000 to a cryptocurrency scam in 2020.
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