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Tiong Bahru roast meat shop Hong Kong Jin Tian to close

Eatery is latest casualty in rapidly gentrifying neighbourhood

Published on Apr 27, 2014 6:10 PM

Popular Tiong Bahru roast meat eatery, Hong Kong Jin Tian, will shut its doors after this weekend - in the continuing exodus of old-timers from the now hipster estate.

The eatery's owners, a couple who moved from Hong Kong to Singapore in 1986, say they are moving after the landlord upped the rent for the 1,100 sq ft to 1,200 sq ft shop in Eng Hoon Street from about $8,000 to $12,000 a month.

Owner Yip Kwok Ching, 62, says he is still hunting for another location to continue his business. The nearby Redhill market is one possibility.

His wife, who wanted to be known only as Mrs Yip, says: "Of course, we are not happy about leaving because we have been here for many years."

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Background story

“It’s very strange because customers are willing to pay $6 for a slice of cake across the road.”

MRS YIP, wife of roast-meat eatery owner Yip Kwok Ching, on not raising the $3 price for a plate of roast meat with rice by 20 cents, for fear that customers will stop patronising them