The Ngoo siblings knew they were not after social media fame when they started their hawker business. Ms Naomi Ngoo, 30, and her brother Kenny, 23, opened Momo Fries at Old Airport Road Food Centre about two years ago. It offers fried chicken over rice and pasta. Their parents, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, fully support their decision. Ms Ngoo encouraged her brother to join her. He has "no regrets" about his choice. Their stall was renamed Salt a few months ago. Business has been good.
Visiting one of the newer hawker centres in a corner of the island was one of my New Year activities. The new one at Marsiling Mall (4, Woodlands Street 12) opened in mid-December. Not all the stalls are fully occupied yet. And you will get 50 cents back if you take your food tray to the tray return station, although you can opt out (such as when you are buying a cup of coffee or a single plate of something) and leave it to the cleaners.
The year-end festivities are still in the air and if you are planning that final "escape of the year", there are plenty of choices around the nearby region. If the idea is to get away from the heat, noise and chaos, consider Bandung, Indonesia. Bandung is 140km from Jakarta and about a 1½-hour flight from Singapore, and is a culinary escape for people in the Indonesian capital. The Sundanese food culture in Bandung differs from the Betawi and largely Javanese flavours of Jakarta.
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