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A hawker's big(-hearted) portions for NSmen

He gives extra rice, eggs and chicken free as a form of thanks for their service

Published on Jun 10, 2013 7:25 AM
Mr Tan has been giving army men extra portions of rice and chicken for many years. -- ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM

Chicken rice without chicken, please.

The strange request was made to hawker Tan Bee Seng by a boy sporting the typical crew cut of new army recruits.

"The boy said, 'Uncle, I want one plate of white rice only.' When I asked him why he didn't want chicken, he said he didn't have enough money," said Mr Tan, recounting the incident from several years ago.

"So I gave him a plate of chicken rice and told him, never mind, come back another day if you have the money."

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I've done my national service before, so I know that it's very tiring for them and they don't earn a lot. It's only a small matter to give them a little more food. It's not a big deal to me.

- Hawker Tan Bee Seng