Punggol Seafood boss snares golden egg

Mr Lee ran a poultry farm before moving into seafood in the 1980s.
Mr Lee ran a poultry farm before moving into seafood in the 1980s. ST FILE PHOTO

The founder of Punggol Seafood, Mr Lee Choon Huat, was in the news in October 1965, not for fish but for fowl.

His picture appeared in the papers after eggs from his poultry farm were judged best on show at an agricultural show held by the Primary Production Department.

Mr Lee, who started the Lee Brothers Poultry Farm off Choa Chu Kang Road with his brother, won first prize in both the white and pink fresh egg categories.

His farm's white eggs were from white Leghorn birds, while the pink ones were from Leghorn and New Hampshire crossbreeds. In 1955, the farm produced about 120 eggs a day. Ten years down the road, the figure had shot up to 8,000. Most of the eggs were sold here, mainly to supermarkets, bakeries and hotels. A chicken-processing plant was opened later.

In the 1980s, Punggol Seafood restaurant was started, and the chicken business was wound up.

Mr Lee, who is in his 70s now and still oversees the restaurant, told The Business Times last year that he hoped to convince his children to take over.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 11, 2015, with the headline 'Punggol Seafood boss snares golden egg'. Print Edition | Subscribe