Chef Leaves One Michelin-Starred Restaurant To Open Hawker Stall Selling Steamed Fish Sets From $6.50
The 28-year-old swapped serving posh plates at restaurant Sommer for humble steamed fish at his new stall Nian Nian You Yu at Maxwell Food Centre.
After spending a year as a junior sous chef at one Michelin-starred mod European restaurant Sommer, Issac Lim, 28, swapped serving posh plates for something much humbler – steamed fish sets with rice and soup in a hawker centre.
Opened with close friend Eric Kee (left in pic below), 30, in early April, Nian Nian You Yu (a play on the Chinese expression meaning “abundance through the year” – ‘fish’ in mandarin sounds like ‘abundance’) specialises in affordable steamed seafood sets for individuals.
Though it’s not a unique concept (we’ve recently featured two similar hawker stalls), Nian Nian You Yu has the advantage of being the only stall offering steamed seafood sets for solo diners at Maxwell Food Centre, a popular food destination among office workers in the CBD.
Amid the more traditional hawker stalls at Maxwell Food Centre, Nian Nian You Yu stands out with a fresh, minimalist signboard. The bright blue sign features a simple fish logo above the stall’s name in mandarin and pinyin.
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