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Chef Son Starts Lava Mooncake Home Biz For Retrenched Mum, Truffle & Cheese Flavours Included

After being trained by her Artemis Grill sous chef son, mum now bakes the fusion mooncakes at Melt Bites.

Chef Son Starts Lava Mooncake Home Biz For Retrenched Mum, Truffle & Cheese Flavours Included

When chef Keith Chu’s mum was retrenched from her clerical job in 2019, the 30-year-old had to make a difficult decision. Then employed as senior Chef De Partie (station chef) at one-Michelin-starred progressive British restaurant Roganic in Hong Kong – where he holds permanent resident status – he had to give up his job and return to Singapore to help with the finances.

“The pay in Hong Kong was generally pretty good. It’s just that if I [factored in] my apartment’s rental on top of my mum’s living and medical expenses back in Singapore, [it] would’ve been a strain,” Keith tells us 8days.sg.

“It was challenging for her to find a new job because of her age and my mum was unsuccessful for many months,” Keith adds. The 55-year-old woman also has chronic illnesses like diabetes and high cholesterol, further exacerbating her job woes.

Thus, home-based business Melt Bites was born. They sell lava mooncakes – characterised by a molten filling.

“I’m just very grateful that my children (she also has a daughter who has just started working fresh out of uni) are so filial. When I told Keith I was retrenched, he just said ‘okay’, then suddenly he quit his job and flew home,” Poh Hong shares. “Being a parent, the love you get from your kids, it’s irreplaceable.”

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