Robo-cooks take some heat off kitchen staff crunch at TungLok
F&B industry turning to technology to streamline ops, boost productivity
If R2D2 had a second life, it might be as a cook in a catering kitchen.
The loyal little robot from the Star Wars movies might be put to work churning out local favourites such as Hokkien mee and sambal kang kong, doing the job of three men and relieving a manpower crunch.
And indeed, such a scene did take place, not a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but yesterday, in a second floor kitchen of home-grown restaurant chain TungLok's Upper Paya Lebar headquarters.
Facing a shortage of kitchen staff, the firm bought three "snack cub" robots, made by Chinese firm Pansum, in September to help it expand its catering business.