Remember Baba Bento? They made quite a splash when they opened their kiosk in the basement of Hong Leong Building back in 2018. During their short stint there, they managed to garner quite a following with their homestyle Peranakan food. Unfortunately, they had to close temporarily for renovations. After a two year hiatus, they have reopened at Pasir Ris Hawker Centre as Nonya Pok Pok Kay.
In case you are wondering why the name changed, it’s because the stall is now being run by Sarah, a 27-year-old hawkerpreneur, and daughter of Mr Leon Sng, 57, who was the Baba behind Baba Bento. The “Pok Pok Kay”, of course, alludes to the clucking of a chicken while it’s going about doing its chickeny things.
The recipes are inherited from Mr Sng who had been trained as a Chef at Shatec and had worked in a few restaurants before opening an Economic Rice stall at Tampines Polytechnic years ago before he and his wife became full-time Christian missionaries.
I know the family quite well so when they opened the stall at the beginning of the year, I was one of the first to visit. I didn’t write about them at the time because I felt that the food wasn’t quite ready and Sarah was still very much under training. Six months on, Sarah is now cooking the dishes herself and the quality of the Ayam Kapitan has markedly improved.
Story behind how it all started
See the video interview that Lisa did with Sarah and her dad Leon. Read the full story behind how Sarah decided to run her own hawker stall here.