As the adage goes, in every crisis lies an opportunity. During the Covid-19 circuit breaker lockdown last year, when bakeries were not allowed to sell cakes, chicken rice hawker Louis Tan seized the chance to create a new product.

The 55-year-old came up with a Birthday Chicken Rice Cake. The ‘cake’ has a rice base topped with a combination of roast meats and steamed chicken that Louis makes in-house. “Since people cannot buy cakes during the Circuit Breaker, I thought of doing a chicken rice cake that people can celebrate occasions with,” he tells 8days.sg.

He owns the eponymous Uncle Louis Famous Chicken Rice chain, which currently has three outlets (though we have admittedly not heard of his shop before this).

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