Two To Make It Right
MEN 'S FOLIO Singapore|April 2021
The Future Of Local Food Rests On The Shoulders Of Many An Intrepid Youth And Especially On Two Bengs Who Cook.
Bryan Goh

HELLO JASON AND ZHEN LONG, HOW HAVE THINGS BEEN AT BENG WHO COOKS?

Jason: We are still adapting to being restaurateurs from hawkers. The swap is huge — a different customer base and mentality as we no longer just take care of ourselves but a team now.

Zhen Long: Things have been good, I guess! Even though things are very different from managing a hawker stall.

THANK YOU BOTH FOR CONTRIBUTING TO HAWKER CULTURE. IN YOUR OWN WORDS, HOW DID THE BOTH OF YOU PLAY A PART?

J: Honestly, I have no idea what I did. At the end of the day, I feel you should just be yourself. If the aunties and uncles treat you well like their own kid, then you better treat them like your parent. I always believed that hawker culture isn’t about food, it’s about the kampung spirit and unity.

ZL: Don’t have to thank us but thank the people who accepted and supported us in the hawker scene instead. Groups like Hawker Group — started by the hawker hunk Walter Tay — are actually doing a good job contributing to the culture. On the other hand, we might have made an impact and inspired some people to take the first step to start a stall. We’re happy to see the hawker culture grow.

WHAT ARE SOME POSITIVE TRAITS YOU SEE IN THE OTHER PERSON, BE IT AT WORK OR AT PLAY?

J: He’s the fun guy at work, the PR guy. People naturally like him more as he’s better with words and knows what to say.

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