Generation Grit: When life gave him lemons, he made ramen

Melvin Ang, 29, came from a troubled family. His father was a gambler who plunged the family into dire straits. The polytechnic dropout taught himself to cook and now runs a ramen chain called Kanshoku Ramen.
Mr Melvin Ang, 29, started Kanshokuramen even though he could not cook rice. Learning how to cook ramen by consulting with chef friends and googling recipes and techniques, his business soon became profitable.
Mr Melvin Ang, 29, started Kanshokuramen even though he could not cook rice. Learning how to cook ramen by consulting with chef friends and googling recipes and techniques, his business soon became profitable. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

Mr Melvin Ang, 29, is no stranger to hardship, thanks to his father's gambling debts, which exposed their family to years of harassment and struggle. In our series on millennials who inspire us, Mr Ang tells his own story, of how he found his way out of shame and poverty.

SINGAPORE - "The worst thing about my father was that he gambled too much.

He had a renovation and construction business which did well, until the gambling habit started and he went bankrupt. He owed six or seven loan sharks a total of up to half a million dollars.

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