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Ask anyone anything about biryani and they’d probably mention the hawker complex at Tekka Centre in Little India. On the lower floors of the centre stand a bevy of biryani stalls (think The Royal Dum Briyani or Hanifa’s Briyani Specialist), each with their own claim to fame, jostling for diners’ attentions and wallets.

One such stall is Allauddin’s Briyani, a stalwart within Singapore’s briyani space. The stall, which specialises in halal southern Indian-style biryani, was first established in 1968 by the late Shaikallauddin Mohamed, garnering numerous nods by foodies and customers alike over the following decades - including a Michelin Plate from the Singapore Michelin Guide. Now, it’s in the hands of his 40-year-old son, Haji Mohamed (right in pic), who’s been helming the business since he turned 18. “My father passed down the recipes and the business to me,” he says. “And now we’re beginning to look for successors.”

That comes in the form of his nephew, Jahabarali Mohammad Farhad (left in pic). The 26-year-old, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Murdoch University, spent some time working in his father’s textile and jewellery business before joining his uncle here. He says, “From young, my interest has always been in the food industry. It was something that my father always encouraged me to do.”

Haji’s son and daughter, who are 18 and five respectively, are still too young to get into the biz, but he’ll rope them in “if and when they’re ready.”

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