Inspiring women turn up the heat as hawkers

Inspiring women turn up the heat as hawkers
PHOTO: Her World Singapore

Meet three inspiring millennials among 55 women, aged 20-34, who were featured in the July issue of Her World. Here they are - away from the heat of their hawker stalls.

Julyn Teoh, 33,
who went from being a Singapore Girl to a hawker selling Penang prawn noodles

This second-generation hawker mans her stall, Penang Kia Prawn Mee (Block 205D, Compassvale Lane, #01-02), with her boyfriend Gerald Goh, 37. Both are former Singapore Airlines flight attendants.

She has taken the baton from her father, who used to sell Penang prawn noodles in Tanjung Bungah, Penang.

"After 10 years of flying, I wanted to do something that was more 'grounded'," she says.

The trickiest part of cooking Penang prawn noodles is getting the broth right. Miss Teoh and Mr Goh spent three months perfecting the spicy soup base.

"You need to know the exact amount of ingredients to add and the time taken to boil the broth," says Miss Teoh. "If you over-boil it, the broth becomes thick and salty."

One of her pet peeves is that Singaporeans are not familiar with Penang prawn noodles.

She says: "I get a lot of questions about why chilli paste is added to the soup. It does get frustrating at times, but I try my best to explain that is how the dish should be eaten."

She used to visit the fish market at 2am during the monsoon season, when her prawn suppliers had no stock for her.

"These days, I have a better working relationship with my suppliers, so I don't have to go to the market any more," says the lady boss, who peels about 300 prawns daily - which means no more manicures.

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