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“My partner is very bu yao lian (Mandarin for shameless),” cheekily quips Joe Cheong (left), 31, when we ask where he and his 28-year-old business partner Donovan Wong (right), got their newly-minted hawker stall’s recipes from. 

The younger hawker was in Taichung having his wedding photoshoot a few years ago when he tried a bowl of lu rou fan (braised pork rice) from a “local ah ma” whom they had catered food from. He was blown away, and managed to persuade her to share the recipe with him – now, it’s one of the signature items at Wen Li Taiwanese Food, the millennial duo’s stall in Golden Mile Food Centre. Apart from lu rou fan at $3.50 a bowl, they sell mee sua with pig’s intestines, salt-and-pepper popcorn chicken and braised cabbage.

The stall, which opened on November 1, gets its moniker from the pair’s Mandarin names. It’s an unlikely pairing – Joe, a Singaporean PR born in Kuala Lumpur, spent most of his decade-long career in the service side of F&B, while Donovan had been working in backend operations at a bank for about a year before they met… at burger joint Five Guys. 

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