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When Singapore started the Covid-19 Circuit Breaker in 2020, the local F&B industry was thrown into disarray. Almost overnight, restaurant owners and hawkers had to figure out how to reach customers who were not allowed to dine in. One of the hawkers affected was Melvin Chew, the second-generation owner of Jin Ji Teochew Braised Duck & Kway Chap at Chinatown Complex Food Centre.

Other than offering delivery for his food, the 43-year-old also immediately tackled the pandemic problem by creating Facebook group Hawkers United - Dabao 2020, which gave other stall owners and home-based businesses a free platform to advertise their food. The group has since garnered over 304,000 foodie followers in just over a year, and helped stalls like Cheong Fan Paradise, previously an obscure stall in Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park, attract a following.

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