There’s a new month-old hawker stall at Takashimaya’s basement food court, and it’s called Tekong Island Fish Soup. But according to its boss Irwin Ng, 48, it has nothing to do with the army camp where NSmen undergo their basic military training.

Irwin and his family were all born in Tekong and lived there till 1985, when they moved out at the government’s request to make way for the Basic Military Training Centre. “There were people online saying my stall was opened by a SAF regular or an ex-Tekong cookhouse cook. But it’s not. My family and I called ourselves Tekongnians, so why not use this name for my stall?” laughs Irwin.

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