From lobster bisque to dan dan noodles: Canteen vendors cook their way into students’ hearts

(Clockwise from left) Catholic High School vendors' Lau Chun Seng and his mother Chan Mee Fong, Boon Lay Secondary School's vendor Wan Hasnirauuf Hassan and Queensway Secondary School's vendors Mark Tham, with wife Julia Pang. ST PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG, NG SOR LUAN
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They come from vastly different backgrounds; some were even fine-dining restaurant chefs. Insight speaks to canteen vendors at three schools on what inspired them to put on the apron, how they excite students’ taste buds while managing costs and, in turn, how their lives have changed.

One of the more popular canteen stalls at Catholic High School is Noodles For Good, which serves up two variations of noodles – spicy dan dan and spring onion oil.

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