For most people, being a hawker is an exhausting full-time job – but for Raymond Tan, it’s merely a side hustle on top of his day job as a car mechanic.

Every day from 5am to noon, the jovial 33-year-old replaces car batteries and repairs tyres for a roadside assistance company. After that, till 8.30pm, he dons an apron and transforms into the boss of his eponymous hawker stall Reimondo Seafood Congee, dishing up bowls of his unique “wok hei” congee for diners at Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre.

“I had too much time on my hands,” he jokes, when asked about his decision to start a hawker business. But the father-of-two shares that his stall runs smoothly enough that he can afford to split his time between jobs. “The work is not hectic. I even have stall helpers, so in between working hours I can still go home and spend some time with my kids,” he says.

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