'Hidden gem' dim sum stall reopens in Bukit Batok, chef-owner keeps prices low so families can afford to eat

He had closed his dim sum stall in 2022 because of poor health, but found himself back in business barely a year later — thanks in part to the persistence of his former customers.

Owner Huang Hanying (transliteration), 67, had relocated to Singapore with his wife close to 40 years ago and helmed the kitchen at Cantonese restaurant Asia Grand for many years, Shin Min Daily News reported.

He later left the restaurant to open his own dim sum stall, Ji Tuo Hong Kong Style Dim Sum.

However in 2022, due to a heart problem and burgeoning rent, Hanying decided to call it a day, shuttering the stall for good — or so he thought.

In a Facebook post on May 16, 2022, they announced that the stall at Block 323 Bukit Batok Street 33 would be closing, but attributed it to “high inflation”.

During the break of about six months, Huang was hospitalised for more than 10 days and currently still requires frequent checkups for his heart condition, reported Shin Min.

So what made Hanying decide to reopen for business?


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