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What do two friends who met while working in a restaurant do when they’re out of work amid a pandemic? They start a home-based food business, of course. At least that’s what Dicky Tan, 41 (left in pic), and Ken Ong, 39, did. What began as a relatively successful word-of-mouth setup selling Japanese rice bowls has since morphed into a hawker stall for them.

The pair, who both worked at multiple outlets of Japanese restaurant Sushi Tei between 2005 and 2010, kept in touch in the years between, and today are bosses of their own joint, Mikuriya, where they churn out affordable Japanese rice bowls for the workers that patronise their coffeeshop in an Ang Mo Kio industrial area.

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