Dickson Nasi Lemak Reopening After “5-Figure” Loss From Months-Long Closure Due To M’sia Chicken Ban - 8 Days Skip to main content

Dickson Nasi Lemak Reopening After “5-Figure” Loss From Months-Long Closure Due To M’sia Chicken Ban

Still no ayam goreng berempah, though.
Dickson Nasi Lemak Reopening After “5-Figure” Loss From Months-Long Closure Due To M’sia Chicken Ban
Malaysia’s fresh chicken shortage and subsequent export ban has affected many chicken-centric F&B establishments in Singapore. While chicken rice sellers swapped fresh chooks for frozen ones, popular Joo Chiat joint Dickson Nasi Lemak - which serves its signature dish with ayam goreng berempah (spiced fried chicken) - made the decision to stop operating temporarily to ride out the ban as they depend heavily on fresh chicken legs from Malaysia.

Dickson Nasi Lemak’s owner Hoh Loyi, 22, told 8days.sg earlier that she had intended to reopen her shop on Jun 30. That has since been extended to Aug 1. Even though there’s still no Malaysian fresh chickens coming in, Loyi says she did not want to keep her customers waiting. “Just last week, an uncle knocked on our door and said he had cycled 30 minutes to buy 15 packets, just ’cos his friends said [our nasi lemak was] nice,” she shares.

She had also previously voiced her concern that her customer pool might shrink after a prolonged closure. “We are afraid that they will be gone and they won’t remember us,” she says.

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