Ex-restaurant head chef now selling Japanese dons for less than S$6 at Ayer Rajah Food Centre

Each bowl is super Instagrammable too.

Tanya Ong| September 26, 05:18 PM

More millennials are now venturing into the hawker scene.

Take for instance 29-year-old Lee Jin Rong and his 27-year-old girlfriend, Lee Pei Sin, who recently opened a hawker stall selling Japanese donburis.

Bowl Chap

In August 2018, Jin Rong and Pei Sin opened Bowl Chap at Ayer Rajah Food Centre.

Bowl Chap sells a variety of Japanese donburis, such as chicken katsu and pork belly, at reasonable prices ranging between S$4.90 to S$5.80.

Each donburi is served with premium Japanese koshihikari rice and strips of deep-fried popiah skin for added texture.

Check out their menu here:

Photo via Bowl Chap's Facebook page.

And here's a look at some of their dons:

Photo via Bowl Chap's Facebook page.



The couple behind the stall

According to an interview with 8 Days, Jin Rong and Pei Sin are first-time entrepreneurs who left behind full-time jobs to start Bowl Chap.

Jin Rong, who graduated from At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy, previously worked at Tippling Club and Rakuzen Japanese Restaurant.

He also served as head chef at Latin American restaurant Casa Poncho for eight months.

Pei Sin, who previously worked as a personal assistant, has had no prior experience in the F&B industry.


Tough work but they have big dreams

Running the hawker stall is tough work.

The stall is open six days a week, and the couple begin preparations at the stall before 8am.

Pei Sin told 8 Days that her "feet ached from standing the whole day" initially.

Apart from taking orders, serving customers and helping out in the kitchen, she also washes the bowls as it is too expensive for them to hire a dishwasher.

However, she explained that hard work is necessary to "slowly build up [their] business".

Eventually, they hope to "have a chain of shops at MRT stations catering for working adults grabbing a bite on their way home".


503 West Coast Drive, Ayer Rajah Food Centre, #01-80

Monday to Saturday

11.30am - 2.30pm and then 4.30pm - 7.30pm

Top photo from Bowl Chap Facebook page