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Auntie Lesley and Uncle Steven - Chicken & Duck Stall

Auntie Lesley and Uncle Steven - Chicken & Duck Stall

Meet Auntie Lesley and Uncle Steven, the owners of our fresh chicken stall and also the reason how Market Boy came to be, have been running the chicken stall for over 40 years, selling everything that concerns chicken and duck.

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Ah Yap - Seafood Stall

Ah Yap - Seafood Stall

Meet Mr. Yap Rui Ye, our Malaysian seafood vendor, whose business is relatively new as he has been doing this for 6 years and at this particular market for 2 years, but the variety and quality of fish that he provides is no less than the veteran sellers at the market. He moved to Singapore, with his family, almost fifteen years ago to make a living for himself as he found Singapore to be very safe and full of opportunities, and the rates at which seafood was bought was much better than in Malaysia.
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Mr & Mrs Tan - Fish Stall

Mr & Mrs Tan - Fish Stall

Meet the couple that runs the fish stall, Mrs. and Mr. Tan Jian Hock, who have been in the fish selling business for almost 20 years now. Their stall is brimming with a wide variety of seafood, from fresh fish and scallops to threadfin, crocodile, and frog.

Before the stall came into being,  Mr Tan used to rear fish on his own and sold them to the fishmonger as a form of B2B business but after doing that for a couple of years, he decide to start up a stall of his own and has been very successful In doing so.

When asked about the advantages and disadvantages of having a stall in the market, he said that the cons would include waking up very early in the morning, almost as early as 2am, to set up the stall and having to work long hours throughout the day. He said the pros of having this stall was the interaction with customers and the exchanging of recommendations and suggestions for dishes that would best suit the catch of the day.

Although he had anticipated the pandemic to cause a disruption in the functioning of the business, he was pleasantly surprised and delighted by the assistance provided by the government in continuing the smooth functioning of the stall. As many of the other vendors had mentioned, business got much better during the Circuit Breaker period as more people were cooking their meals at home due to the whole Work-From-Home setup.

Mr Tan feels that when it comes to buying seafood, more people should opt to purchase from the wet market as the produce is a lot fresher than what is available at supermarket. He even joked that the fish at his stall is so fresh that you could probably still feel its pulse! When asked what he considers the speciality or the ‘must buy’ item of his stall, he recommended the Snakehead fish as there are many delicious dishes it can be used in.  So, if you’re ever in the area, don’t forget to buy seafood from the freshest stall in the west as it is a great ‘’oppor-tuna-ty’’ to try some very unique dishes at home.

Happy shopping!

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Uncle Hin - Fresh Indonesian Pork

Uncle Hin - Fresh Indonesian Pork

Meet Mr. Ah Hin, the owner of the pork store. The store was started by his parents thirty five years ago and it has become a family business that is being continued by the second generation of family members. Ah Hin said that he has made a lot of friends from this business as he interacts quite a bit with his customers and loves getting to know them and about their day as well.
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Auntie Kim - Noodle and Beancurd

Auntie Kim - Noodle and Beancurd

The Ramen and Beancurd stall, owned by Aunty Kim, has been in the business for more than 40 years and in the family for three generations. Her parents started the stall to sell their homemade beancurd in the market at a time when the job market in Singapore wasn’t doing too well. The beancurd recipe is a family recipe that is being passed down to successive generations and has been perfected to be enjoyed and shared with others
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Uncle Khaja - Nazneen Meat House

Uncle Khaja - Nazneen Meat House

Khaja, the owner of Nazneen Meat House, was busy cutting up some meat for a customer when we walked up to his stall. When we engaged him in conversation, he proudly told us about all the various kinds of halal meats that he sells. As we look across the stall, we realize that he wasn’t joking about the wide variety of meats and one can tell with just a glance, how fresh the meats are.
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Uncle Steven - Fresh Farm Eggs

Uncle Steven - Fresh Farm Eggs

In a small stall, we have Mr. Steven and his father, owners of Fresh Farm Eggs, tidying up the place and making the cartons of eggs look as presentable as possible. The stall is brimming with a wide variety of chicken eggs and Mr. Steven is more than happy to share with us a few things about his quaint stall and its origins.
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