By day, Alvin Lee, 28, works in a western restaurant at the front of house. By night, he and his partner Robert Ong, 24, who also works in the F&B industry, hand-make paus from scratch using Alvin’s family recipe. Both declined to be photographed for this feature because of their full-time jobs. They sell their buns under the brand Taiping Bao. After all, the Lee family has been making paus in Tai Ping (a small town in Perak, Malaysia) since the 1970s when Alvin’s grandfather began selling his wares at the market to make ends meet. The second generation later evolved the business into a wholesale one, supplying paus to bakeries and eateries in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Ipoh. Alvin used to help his parents make the buns, but later came to Singapore to seek new opportunities.

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