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Here’s a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law relationship that’s not just unique but enviable: 59-year-old Joyce Hsu and 28-year-old Evangeline Hum (plus her hubby, Joyce’s son, Tony Ang, 31) are so chummy, they’ve gone into business together. Mother-In-Law Egg Tart was born during the Circuit Breaker last year, when a box of said mum-in-law’s home-baked Portuguese egg tarts, sent to her son and daughter-in-law, wowed them to the point that they decided to set up a home-based biz together.

It grew so popular that the youthful-looking Taiwan-born matriarch and her family upgraded their burgeoning business into a takeaway shop space in Havelock 2 shopping mall’s basement. The simply-decorated kiosk opened on August 1, peddling the brand’s signature egg tarts alongside newfangled flavours like coffee and mango boba.

As for Joyce and Evangeline, their relationship has grown in tandem with the business. “She’s always been a very friendly, open mother-in-law. We met often before, about once a week — now we meet every day, of course the relationship changes. But thankfully, we know how to balance work and family,” shares Evangeline. 

A chatty Joyce adds in Mandarin, “I’m from the older generation, so I have my own way of thinking, but we can learn from each other.” She then gestures to the comfy-looking pair of shoes on her feet and adds cheekily, “My daughter-in-law bought these for me so that I won’t get aches from standing all day. So how can I complain about being tired, or working with them?”

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