Homegrown chain Founder Bak Kut Teh has been around since 1978. It’s a favourite makan haunt for visiting stars, like Jay Chou, Chow Yun-Fat, Charmaine Sheh, Eason Chan and Jam Hsiao (its Balestier restaurant is plastered with photos of its famous customers). But the eatery has fallen on hard times lately due to Covid-19 and the circuit breaker. Business has been so poor that Founder Bak Kut Teh’s second-gen boss, Nigel Chua, 45, issued a plea on social media for help.


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