Pan Lingling and Xiang Yun have started their first business together. Ju Xing Ji (which is a play on the phrase 'Superstar-level'), as Lingling tells 8days.sg, is the brainchild of the two actresses and celebrity chef Cao Yong.
Cao Yong was part of Team Singapore at the 2015 World Championship Chef Competition in Shanghai, where they emerged champions. He previously worked at restaurants, but now he owns two zichar hawker stores in Jurong with his father.
The idea was to introduce a healthy alternative to yusheng for Chinese New Year as both Lingling and Xiang Yun believe that the ones on the market are “too sinful”.
“It all started when we were filming variety show Silver Carnival last October," says Lingling. "Chef Cao Yong created a fruit yusheng for the show and it was so good that we thought, 'Why don’t we sell something like this instead?' I wanted something that isn’t as jelak as the typical ones you buy outside. He said that the original idea wouldn’t work because fruits spoil too quickly, which is why we decided to go with vegetables instead.”