The next time you’re looking for halal nasi padang at Chinatown Complex, don’t be fazed by the Chinese man manning the humble Mum Daughter Kitchen along with his wife 🧐 Clarence has gotten his fair share of customers taking a second look, some even casting doubts on whether the food served is halal (despite multiple stickers, including those with the word ‘Muslim-owned’, and information and profile stories plastered all over).Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://bit.ly/3LnFN1F
However, Nadia, the head of PR and marketing for Mum Daughter kitchen, told us that Clarence remains unbothered and understands that, especially in the context of Singapore, where race and religion unfortunately overlap 😓
“Clarence is a fun, and positive man who will still smile and tell you that Mum Daughter Kitchen is halal and all the ingredients used are certified halal no matter how many times he gets questioned”, Nadia told us.
If you’re wondering how Clarence tie into the ‘Mum Daughter’ part of this stall, he’s helping out his wife of over 15 years, Jahan, the chef behind this hawker stall 🤗
Nadia, who’s also Jahan’s biological sister, shared that it was their mother who came out with the idea in mid-2020. It sparked an interest in Jahan, a passionate cook herself, and together with Clarence, they started a home-based business serving home-cooked nasi padang to cater to working mums during the pandemic (Mum's idea, daughter's kitchen, as Nadia cheekily adds 🤭)
“To be able to enjoy home-cooked meals with family after a long day at work, even with working from home being the default at the time, Jahan believes that it will be a great help for most working mums”, Nadia said.
Fast forward to 2 years later, Jahan and Clarence took it to the next level and decided to open up a physical hawker stall at Chinatown Complex in July. The location choice checked the boxes for Jahan - it is a great location with a diversity of crowds to enjoy the variety of dishes 😋 Plus, interestingly the majority of her regulars are Chinese too! So far, they've been greeted with great success, as evident by their dishes selling out fast everyday! Nadia says the couple owes it to their ability to find a balance between their business and personal life. Surprisingly however, working together as a couple is something that isn't new for them 😱
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Mum Daughter KitchenHalal status: Muslim-owned Address: 335 Smith Street, Chinatown Complex #02-158, Singapore 050335 Opening hours: 8.30am- 7pm (Mon-Sat), closed on Sun InstagramP.S. Looking for more inspiring stories from the community? Check these out!
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