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Culinary Grad Who Turned Down Dempsey Cookhouse Chef Job Opens Nasi Lemak Hawker Stall

He passed up on an offer to work full-time at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's SG restaurant to sell mod nasi lemak with his poly pal.

Culinary Grad Who Turned Down Dempsey Cookhouse Chef Job Opens Nasi Lemak Hawker Stall

Ah Lemak (alamak, get it?) is the latest punnily-named hawker stall opened by enterprising young hawkers. It serves nasi lemak, obviously. The sleek, gold-accented stall signage and marble counter adorning the shop in Tampines West hint that this is no ordinary nasi lemak joint: aside from the usual fixings, there are more atas, fusion add-ons like deep-fried soft-shell crab and unagi here. The stall also sells Hokkien mee.

It’s run by professionally-trained chef Jason Koh (left in pic), 24, and ex-maritime engineer Cleavon Tan (right), 25, who met at Singapore Polytechnic while pursuing diplomas in Engineering Systems.

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