Ex-Crystal Jade chef selling xiao long bao at Holland Drive kopitiam

Affordable prices.

By Belmont Lay | May 8, 2018

A former dim sum chef who worked at Crystal Jade and Tung Lok restaurants has opened his own stall in a coffee shop.

Own boss

The six-month-old business sells Shanghai-style la mian and xiao long bao.

It is located at a Holland Drive kopitiam. Prices are cheap — S$4 on average per dish.

The Chinese chef, Li Huaizhi, 49, who hails from Liao Ning, has been in Singapore for more than a decade.

Even though business has been ongoing for several months now, the stall does not market itself on social media, relying more on word of mouth and organic recommendations from those who have tried the food.

Brisk business

Li told 8 Days:

“It’s also not easy to get people to know about my stall as I’m not great at marketing. For me, what matters most is when customers tell me that they enjoy my food. We chose to set up shop at this coffee shop as there aren’t any stalls here offering what we are selling. The crowd is quite good too, and rental is affordable at S$3,000 a month. I’m glad to say that business has been brisk so far!”

In total, Li has more than 20 years of experience making xiao long bao and noodles.

He revealed he invested less than S$20,000 in his stall.

His wife helps out over the weekends and he has hired a former colleague to assist as well.

He also said he wanted to have a go at being his own boss, even though he knows it would be tough.

Supreme Ramen Xiao Long Bao is at #01-359, Blk 46, Holland Drive, S270046.
Mobile: 9798-2211
Opens daily: 8am to 8.30pm

About Belmont Lay

Belmont can pronounce "tchotchke".

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