Retrenched General Manager Sells Comforting Halal Prawn Mee & Sambal Stingray At Hawker Stall
The Chinese hawker trained at popular halal prawn noodle chain Deanna’s Kitchen before opening his stall, Yummy Raja.
After he was retrenched as a general manager from a famous local dim sum chain (he told us the brand off the record) in 2020, Nick Cheng struggled to find a similar job in the industry. “I had referrals from close friends and went for two to three rounds of interviews [for multiple job openings], but I was not hired. That’s when I thought of being resilient and becoming a hawker myself,” says the 40-year-old.
Last year, Nick enrolled in the National Environment Agency’s Hawkers’ Development Programme. “I approached Asri from Deanna’s Kitchen to be my mentor as he’s reputable in the halal prawn noodle scene. He agreed to take me in [as part of the programme’s apprenticeship] and I trained at his Toa Payoh outlet for two months.” He opened Yummy Raja at a hawker centre near Sengkang MRT last November. The halal-certified stall sells prawn mee and turmeric rice with various toppings like salted egg chicken and sambal stingray.
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