It’s a rainy afternoon when we drop by hawker stall Bowl Chap. A slim, sweet-faced young girl is hunched over a pail of soapy water, laboriously scrubbing bowls. We are more accustomed to seeing work-weathered aunties tackle dish-washing, but Lee Pei Sin, 27, is one young hawker who has taken on the dirty, unglamorous job without complaints. One month ago, she and her boyfriend Lee Jin Rong, 29, opened their stall at Ayer Rajah Food Centre selling “localised donburis, as they are easy to serve and we love Japan”. The punny name (Jin Rong is quite literally the ‘bowl chap’) also sounds like bo chup, the Hokkien term for someone who can’t be bothered. “When I was young, my mother said I was very bo chup!” Jin Rong remarks. 

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