Uphill task to attract fresh hawker blood

Braised duck stall owner Peh Thiam Teng, 65, who started his hawker business in 1987, is happy that his step-son, Mr Vince Chow, 38 (far left), and his two sons, Mr Kevan Peh (centre), 27, and Mr Peh Rui Hai, 30, are helping him full-time and plannin
Braised duck stall owner Peh Thiam Teng, 65, who started his hawker business in 1987, is happy that his step-son, Mr Vince Chow, 38 (left), and his two sons, Mr Kevan Peh (centre), 27, and Mr Peh Rui Hai, 30, are helping him full-time and planning to carry on selling braised duck.ST PHOTO: HEDY KHOO

When Mr Alvin Wong quit his full-time job as a chef and took the plunge to be a hawker, it was because he wanted to own his own business and keep food tradition alive.

But just two months after the 41-year-old opened a stall selling assam laksa at Kovan Market & Food Centre, he is setting himself a date to get out of the business.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 02, 2018, with the headline 'Uphill task to attract fresh blood'. Print Edition | Subscribe