26 Nov '13, 2am

D'Authentic family story.

D'Authentic family story.

To Mr Sulaiman Abu, his daughter who has been helping him run his nasi lemak stall for three years is just an apprentice. "It took me seven or eight years to consider myself professional," says Mr Sulaiman, 52, who is one of the Hawker Master Trainers in a pilot programme launched last month to preserve Singapore's hawker heritage. His only daughter, Ms Siti Aisyah, 24, a polytechnic graduate in nursing, does not mind being called an apprentice, saying she has much to learn. She says of her father's 15-year-old D'Authentic Nasi Lemak stall at the Marine Parade Central hawker centre: "This is another type of school. Apart from learning to cook, I also learn how to handle my emotions when facing difficult customers, who want things 'cheaper, cheaper'." Apart from her, one of her three brothers, Mr Muhammad Syukri Sulaiman, 23, is also keen to take over their parents' stall. ...

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