A baby-faced woman seen donning an apron and slaving away behind the hot stove to whip up bowl after bowl of prawn noodles is one refreshing anomaly in Singapore's sputtering hawker scene fraught by now all too familiar grievances - seasoned hands holding down the fort often fading away due to age while their sheltered, well educated progeny feel less inclined to take over in kitchens. Enter Li Ruifang, an attractive young mum in her 30s who decided to forgo her cushy corporate career five years ago in exchange for the opportunity to further her family's culinary legacy. Today she helms 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles alongside her parents at Tekka Centre, dishing out a taste of the good ol' times thanks to an intergenerational recipe which originated from Ruifang's grandfather. (Note that her aunts operate a separate stall at Whampoa Market.)
............... On occasion our tummies yearn for uncomplicated heartiness, and this serving of prawn noodles gave us exactly that. Tender prawns, sambal infused noodles prickling the tongue (regretfully unwanted hints of alkalinity lingered) and fragrant lard pieces conspired to invoke memories of them school days long gone, when all it took for faces to beam with joy was slurping warm strands between mouthfuls of freshly peeled seafood and blanched meat. Sipping the dark colored broth astounded equally: intense sweetness washed over owing to a meticulously formulated stock derived from wild sea prawns and pork bones.
More at https://www.thefooddossier.com/2019/03/545-whampoa-prawn-noodles.html
Looks yummy!!!!! Is Tekka Centre in Little India or something?
@Emboldened Yeppers, just 5 minutes away from Little India MRT on foot. But I don't really find their prawn noodles that good IMHO.
IMO just a cheap publicity stunt to garner more attention about her stall, who knows if there are any hidden terms and conditions. Is Ruifang's prawn noodles nice or not in the very first place? Famous ≠ good
She could just indicate in her hiring ad: "strawberries stay away."
@Run 森林 RUN!!!!! Tell me which extremely well-paying job doesn't require you to make personal sacrifices and slog your guts out?
Chillax yeah? It's from 2.5K UP TO 3.4K..........., whoever gets hired eventually might not receive $3,400 in monthly wages.
Cooking for a humble hawker stall may not be glamorous but it might turn out to be as prospective as working a similar job in a high-class restaurant.
The owner of popular 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles, Li Ruifang, posted a job opening on her stall’s Facebook page on Monday (May 13), offering a position for a full-time cook with a staggering monthly salary range of S$2,500 to S$3,400 (US$1,826 to US$2,484).
According to the job posting, Li is a third generation hawker who has been operating the Tekka Food Centre stall since 2014. The job opening is part of her effort to get people aboard her team to keep the business running as her parents are advanced in years.
The business, according the stall’s other Facebook posts, was passed down through the generations from Li’s grandfather to her father, and subsequently to her after she was unable to find her calling in the corporate world.
Applicants with a passion for the food and beverage industry would be glad to know that Li’s employment opportunity offers a “life-long career”with pay that is “above market rates” for all her workers to “keep a work-life balance”.
More at https://www.businessinsider.sg/famous-prawn-noodle-stall-astounding-salary-new-cook-put-fancy-restaurants-shame/