However, passion alone does not suffice, adds Faye, who cites self-discipline as another key element crucial to success in the trade. “The hawker trade is much like any other profession. Every job has its own merits and difficulties, but ours are tagged with the added responsibility of continuing a part of Singapore’s heritage and culture.”
Faye has this to say to Singaporeans who are considering following in her footsteps: “Perseverance and hard work will reap benefits. And with the shift in attention to young hawkers, there is the added responsibility to excel and uphold our hawker values. Do it with pride.”
Raydy Bee Hoon
32 Nanyang Crescent
Raydy Bee Hoon is the brainchild of Lee Ray Sheng, who kick-started his hawker dream in February 2020 by setting up an economical bee hoon stall at the canteen of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Residence 13. A 20-year-old NTU computer science undergraduate, he shares: “Becoming a hawker is really more about the experience than the money. It took me six years of learning the ropes of the hawker trade to finally have enough confidence to start my own stall.”
His foray into the trade hasn’t been a bed of roses. Since Raydy made its debut as a “supper club”, Ray Sheng encountered various hurdles, in particular the Covid-19 situation, which forced him and his team of four to shutter their business, albeit not for long. The young hawker then seized the opportunity to do good and contribute to the local community by starting Raydy Gives, a charity fundraising initiative to provide bee hoon to those in need during the circuit breaker period.