Before the pandemic hit, 46-year-old Patric Low was sales manager of a construction material supplier, drawing a salary of about $5,000 a month. He tells 8days.sg that when he lost his job in May due to the ensuing economic downturn, he turned to his hobby as a means to support his family of three (his wife works in sales and they have a 13-year-old child) — selling char siew via his new home-based biz, Burrppp. The avid home cook has been experimenting with char siew recipes ever since he had a taste of succulent KL-style char siew about five years ago. “Before then, my impression of char siew was that it’s dry, and I never went out of my way to order it,” he recalls. Since that revelation, the weekend chef has tried out countless recipes, with the goal of creating the perfect char siew. His friends and family have been the beneficiaries of his tests — and often request for his char siew during gatherings. “I always worry that people will get sick of my char siew, but they keep asking for more!” shares Patric.

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