Hakka HamCha & Yong Tou Fu: How One Couple’s Love Made Them Switch Their Office Jobs To Thunder Tea Hawkers

Thunder tea rice is one of my go-to meals whenever I feel like I need to go on a diet. Healthy, economical yet filling, it never fails to satisfy my belly.

That said, thunder tea rice, or lei cha fan in Mandarin, is a rather traditional Hakka dish. It’s not very easy to come by stalls selling good thunder tea rice in Singapore.

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So when I heard that a young couple was serving up thunder tea rice in Chinatown Complex Food Centre, I was intrigued. The food detective in me awakened and I headed down to find out more.

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Hakka Hamcha & Yong Tou Fu is merely one of the many stalls in the largest hawker centre in Singapore.

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Run by 35-year-old Michelle Yee and her husband, 39-year-old Alan Kok, the stall only begun operations in 2018. Yet, they’ve already made a name for themselves, with a Promising New Hawker Award from the National Environmental Agency (NEA).

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You’d probably think that they’ve been in the F&B industry for a long time now, but that’s not the case. In fact, both Michelle and Alan had never been in the food industry for all their lives prior.


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