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What's the latest trend in the hawker scene? Well, clearly it's Din Tai Fung-style fried rice cooked by restaurant chefs-turned-hawkers. Hong Style Fried RiceChef Wang Fried Rice and the rapidly-expanding King of Fried Rice are just a few examples. Joining the line-up is the simply-named Mr. Egg Fried Rice, which recently opened in a breezy Bishan kopitiam. The man behind it is 47-year-old Eric Yam — who arguably bears a passing resemblance to Simu Liu, the star of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. But more on that later.

The Ipoh-born Singapore citizen has worked as a dim sum chef at fancy Cantonese joints like Orchard Hotel Singapore’s Hua Ting Restaurant and Conrad Centennial Singapore’s Golden Peony. His latest stint includes a bunch of business ventures, such as a home-based one selling mooncakes and bak zhang with his 40-year-old wife Shally Chiew, who hails from Penang.

Eric added fried rice to his HBB's roster earlier this year when he noticed how popular the dish was getting. The experiment gave him the confidence to open Mr. Egg Fried Rice on October 6. The stall, which has attracted “surprisingly long” queues since its opening, is helmed by the chef, his wife, and three other partners who declined to be named (two of them also cook there daily).

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