Tasty Chicken Cutlet Collagen Congee At Hawker Stall Opened By Pals To Mentor Ex-Convicts
Hawker stall Collagen Congee & Yan Ji Hokkien Mee employs ex-convicts and serves trendy fare like tom yum Hokkien mee and porridge with chicken cutlet.
Part-time hawkers Ivan Goh, 48 (right in pic), and Allan Lim (left), 47, have a mission – they want to train former inmates in cooking and running a hawker biz so they can break the cycle of recidivism and start rebuilding their lives after incarceration.
Their single kopitiam stall (look for the split signboard) in Kaki Bukit industrial park houses two concepts: Yan Ji Hokkien Mee offers the titular noodles and char kway teow, while Collagen Congee sells congee made from a chicken collagen broth. Both are run by the same kitchen team.
The two pals, who work full-time at the same finance company, have known each other for 17 years. They cite their own experiences as troubled teens who managed to avoid “getting sucked into the [prison] system” as their motivation to help ex-offenders.
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