Vietnamese Chef From Five-Star Hotel Opens Bukit Batok Hawker Stall Selling $5 Pho
The Ho Chi Minh City-born chef behind Chef Minh Vietnamese Pho used to work at Wynn Palace in Macau. Why did he become a hawker in Singapore?
One unexpected outcome of the pandemic is an exodus of chefs leaving high-profile roles at swanky restaurants or culinary groups to start their own hawker businesses. Meet 33-year-old Ngo Nhu Minh, a Ho Chi Minh City-born chef whose resume includes six years as head chef of Wynn Palace’s in-room dining kitchen team in Macau. He cooked a variety of dishes, including Vietnamese pho at the five-star hotel.
Now, the chef-turned-hawker has settled in Singapore, where he opened a stall called Chef Minh Vietnamese Pho on 31 May at a bustling Bukit Batok kopitiam – right next to a newly opened Chef Wei HK Cheong Fun outlet. Here, he sells both beef and chicken variations of the punchy Ho Chi Minh-style pho that he grew up with.
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