Fish Farm Boss Who Turned Hawker Because Of Pandemic Sells $6 Premium Giant Grouper Soup
With an 80% dip in biz, the towkay pivoted to opening King Grouper Fish Soup, a chain of affordable hawker stalls selling the prized giant grouper, a delicacy in restaurants.
For over 20 years, Chew Kim Hwee, 47, has devoted his career to producing and distributing giant grouper — a highly prized fish in Cantonese cuisine and seafood restaurants. As the owner of Fish Vision, a hatchery farm at Pasir Ris Farmway, and a seafood distribution biz, he supplied “hundreds of tonnes” of the premium fish to restaurants mainly in Hong Kong every year for the past decade. Affluent Hong Kongers are known to splurge on seafood.
The farm took a hit during the pandemic with HK’s frequent shutdowns — Kim Hwee estimates that sales dropped by around 80 percent. So the enterprising boss chose to diversify his biz by launching hawker chain King Grouper Fish Soup, which sells giant grouper fish soup at affordable prices. This month alone, Kim Hwee opened two outlets — the first stall in Bugis, and another at Changi Village Hawker Centre. 8days.sg checks out King Grouper's first outlet in a Waterloo Street kopitiam.
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