Young Hawker Gives Up 6-Year-Old Prawn Noodle Stall Due To Rising Operational Costs & Lack Of Manpower
“This year was the first time I took MC in six years, due to tonsillitis,” says Ming’s Prawn Noodle hawker Cai Jiaming.
Covid-19 has disrupted our local hawker scene, with a few young hawkers calling it a day after struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic. Another stall to announce its closure is Ming’s Prawn Noodle, which has been serving excellent prawn mee at Alexandra Village Food Centre for the past six years.
It was opened by At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy graduate Cai Jiaming, 31, who had interned at defunct Spanish restaurant Catalunya. After learning how to make crustacean stock during his training stint, he was inspired to start his own prawn noodle hawker stall using the same fine cooking technique to make prawn soup. His efforts earned him an invitation to the Prime Minister’s Chinese New Year Garden Party in 2017, where he showcased his dish alongside six other young hawkers.