Vietnamese Housewife Becomes Appam Hawker After ‘Accidental’ Indian Stall Bid At Maxwell Food Centre
The hawker behind Mr Appam used to be a cook at Nam Nam restaurant and planned to sell Vietnamese grub. She ended up accidentally bidding for an Indian food stall instead.
Along a row of Indian and halal food stalls at Maxwell Food Centre lies quite the unusual scene – a brightly-dressed, heavily-made up Vietnamese hawker busily making fresh appam, a traditional South Indian fermented rice pancake, for a handful of Chinese and Indian customers.
The stall is Mr Appam, opened last December by Vietnamese-born Singaporean PR Nguyen Thi Kieu Hanh, 45. In the span of four months, she went from being a homemaker who has never tried appam to a stall owner hawking the snack at the popular food haven. Kieu Hanh helms the stall alone and offers classic flavours such as ‘princess appam’ (with egg and cheese) as well as less common, fancier options like pandan-infused appam with grated coconut and plain appam topped with coconut ice cream.
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