Cheap & Good: Savour handmade soon kueh made by an engineer turned hawker

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SINGAPORE - Handmade with smooth and supple skin encasing crunchy jicama filling, the Soon Kueh ($1 a piece, $1.80 for two) at Luan Jie Mei Shi is easily its star dish.

But it is the item that second-generation hawker Teo Hock Meng, 46, dreads making the most, because of the sheer amount of elbow grease it exacts. It takes him five hours each night to make 200 soon kueh by hand.

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