Great Bak Chor Mee By Hawker Who Interned At 2 Michelin Starred Zén Restaurant
The Culinary Institute of America grad co-owns the biz with a pal who cooked part-time at a mee pok stall before.
A new mee pok stall has been causing quite a stir at Block 824 in Tampines. You can’t miss it: Jofa Mee Pok’s stall front is bright and cheery, with a snazzy retro-chic design, and a cute neon-lit insignia on the side with its name in mandarin (“Quan Fa”, which invites prosperity). The stall is named after its two fresh-faced owners, Joel Tan (left in pic), 25, and Fabian Lim, 26, who opened this business in early June this year after scheming together for the better part of the pandemic. It’s been seeing very healthy queues since its opening. “The aunties are very supportive,” says Joel with a laugh, referring to the clientele, many of whom have become loyal regulars. “It’s not the same as last time when people would look at young people cooking and go ‘this one sure not nice’. They gave us a chance and really liked the food, and have been coming back.” These millennial mee pok men have been so popular that they typically sell out before closing at lunch and dinner. They say the dine-in ban which kicked in on July 22 hasn’t affected business too much since their customers have mostly ordered their food to-go anyway, though the queue is slightly shorter for now.
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