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Mention the name Roy Li Fei Hui, and Mandarin ballads like ‘Deng Ni Deng Dao Wo Xin Tong’ (Wait For You Till My Heart Aches) sung by HK superstar Jacky Cheung will probably come to mind. The home-grown singer-songwriter has also penned tracks for the likes of other huge names like Andy Lau and Jeff Chang in the ’90s, and has released many albums of his own, both locally and in Taiwan. He’s also dabbled in acting, appearing in long-running Mediacorp drama 118 in 2014.

However, what is lesser known about the 58-year-old music veteran is that he co-owns casual eatery Siam Village, which offers authentic Thai cuisine.

The Thai restaurant started out as a food court stall at Midpoint Orchard in 2017. However due to “too many limitations” and poor business, Roy and his business partner Kenn Chen, 46, shut the stall and moved to their current premises at Jalan Wangi, off MacPherson Road, after less than a year.

“We felt a restaurant would be more suited to our concept. There were space constraints and we could only offer 10 dishes there, so we were not able to not showcase our potential. Also, the tables were very small and could not accommodate families or bigger groups,” Kenn, 46, tells 8days.sg.

Other than Siam Village, Kenn, who used to be a tech manager at Samsung, also runs two western food stalls called Chef Recipe in Bedok and Bukit Batok, and vegetarian stall Vegan Craft, in Punggol.

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