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Nasi Lemak Hawkers See Long Queues After Taking Over Famed Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice Stall

Mr & Mrs Nasi Lemak, previously located at a quiet coffeeshop at French Road, has a waiting time of up to an hour now after its move to Tiong Bahru.

Nasi Lemak Hawkers See Long Queues After Taking Over Famed Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice Stall

Last July, former sales director Ken Chong, 41, and his 36-year-old wife, Sofie Tsoi, who used to be an accountant, left their high-flying corporate gigs to become hawkers. They opened their cutely-named stall Mr & Mrs Nasi Lemak at a kopitiam at French Road.

The couple serve tasty nasi lemak with offbeat add-ons like bacon-wrapped enoki mushrooms and sio bak, with recipes created by Ken, a self-taught cook who used to draw “six figures a year” in his previous hedge fund job.

But when their coffeeshop suddenly closed in February this year as the coffeeshop owner could no longer sustain the business due to low footfall, Ken and Sofie were forced to relocate their stall (their French-Japanese rice bowl stall neighbour, Nice Rice, was also affected).

On April 1, Mr & Mrs Nasi Lemak restarted operations in Tiong Bahru, this time at a kopitiam stall recently vacated by a famous hawker brand – Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice. Since their move, the couple has seen a crowd “easily two to three times better than French Road”, leading to snaking queues. “So I took the closing of that coffeeshop as a blessing in disguise,” Ken tells 8days.sg with a laugh.

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