It is not every day that you see a petite young lady chopping chicken at a chicken rice stall. But Natalie Lee, isn’t just any petite young lady. She happened to have grown up around chicken rice, since she is the daughter of the founder of the famous Five Star Hainanese Chicken Rice. Although her father had sold his stake at Five Star a decade ago, she has decided to revive her parents’ legacy by teaming up with brother Lex to start Ah Five Hainanese Chicken Rice.
It has only been less than a year but they are already getting quite a following and were even recognized for their efforts at the inaugural World Gourmet Summit Hawker Series Awards as one of the upcoming Young Hawkers.
It’s a family affair
While Natalie is the poster girl at Ah Five, it is really a whole family run business with mom (June Ng) still helping out in the store and dad (Mr Lee) keeping an eye on things. Brother Lex is in charge of cooking the chicken, rice, porridge, and the wok-fried rice. It was really Lex who got the family behind this venture when he initially wanted to start a fried rice stall at the present location. The family thought that since they have expertise in Chicken Rice that he should do special fried chicken rice. One thing led to another and Natalie finally decided to quit her job in Intellectual Property to help out in the family business instead.
When asked who makes the final decision in the business, Natalie was quick to say that everyone has a say! Recently, they had to make the tough decision to raise prices due to the chicken ban from Malaysia. Her parents wanted to absorb the price increase since they have many ...