31 Dec '13, 1am

my year of the food, the bad and the ugly

It is truly sad when many comfort street food stalls and chains wind up because of the manpower supply issues and ridiculous rentals. The Laksania chain, run by former Secret Recipe owner Ms Sim Sin Sin, may close her social enterprise laksa chain stall due to high rentals. Now, the jobs of the disabled and the abled she hired are on the line. Sik Bao Sin, the spin-off of the legendary Sik Wai Sin at Geylang (run by founder’s son Desmond Chia) recently opened to serve its first plate of steamed fish head in miso sauce but, “I had to introduce a DIY tea and crockery station…no choice, no manpower, and it’s not that I cannot afford to hire. No locals wanted the job.”, he lamented. There is also the talk about promoting and seeding the food truck and pop up kitchen culture in Singapore - to better maximise use of land here. Truth be told, if the is a lack of plug and play fac...

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