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Why Hainanese dominate the F&B sector in Singapore?

Postby FanFanX » Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:49 am

Why Hainanese dominate the F&B sector in Singapore?
In the old days, when you go to hotels, the F&B manager is Hainanese, the chief chef also Hainanese, the lounge manager also Hainanese, the bartender also Hainanese...and they always speak Hainanese to each other...
Creator of Singapore Sling also Hainanese

Presently, the founders of these well-known eateries are Hainanese:
- Ya Kun Roti
- Killiney Road Kaya Toast
- Han's
- Old Chang Kee
- St James Pub
- many more..

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Re: Why Hainanese dominate the F&B sector in Singapore?

Postby FanFanX » Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:51 am

Sakae Sushi boss Douglas Foo is Hainanese?

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Re: Why Hainanese dominate the F&B sector in Singapore?

Postby janet88 » Sun Feb 09, 2014 12:55 pm

I love hainanese pork chop.

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Re: Why Hainanese dominate the F&B sector in Singapore?

Postby pinky » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:46 pm

What I heard was: many hainanese uncles worked as helpers for the British
army here. Some of them chose to work in the kitchen and picked up
cooking skills. After the British forces withdrew, the Hainanese then went
on to be cooks or opened their own eatery. I am not sure if the pork chop was a Western dish but it seems to be a signature dish for most Hainanese
cooks. Maybe they picked up from their British bosses.

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Re: Why Hainanese dominate the F&B sector in Singapore?

Postby bb_ mom » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:48 pm

And some hainanese men would be cooks on ships and picked up new cuisine from overseas.

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Re: Why Hainanese dominate the F&B sector in Singapore?

Postby floppy » Sat Apr 12, 2014 2:16 pm

pinky wrote:What I heard was: many hainanese uncles worked as helpers for the British
army here. Some of them chose to work in the kitchen and picked up
cooking skills. After the British forces withdrew, the Hainanese then went
on to be cooks or opened their own eatery. I am not sure if the pork chop was a Western dish but it seems to be a signature dish for most Hainanese
cooks. Maybe they picked up from their British bosses.


bb_ mom wrote:And some hainanese men would be cooks on ships and picked up new cuisine from overseas.


Both are correct. However, pork chop is NOT a western dish. It's a Singaporean dish 'invented' by the local Hainanese.

Also, in the old days, there's a little nepotism at play. Most people would help/support their 同乡, resulting in a lot of them working in the same sectors (maybe it's not just the old days, I can think of the same in many industry/sectors these days :evil: ).

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Re: Why Hainanese dominate the F&B sector in Singapore?

Postby zbear » Sun Apr 13, 2014 2:23 pm

I think its a well known fact that Hainanese are very good cooks so its not surprising.

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Re: Why Hainanese dominate the F&B sector in Singapore?

Postby janet88 » Sun Apr 13, 2014 2:55 pm

actually what is TRUE Hainan food? where can you eat authentic ones?

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Re: Why Hainanese dominate the F&B sector in Singapore?

Postby floppy » Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:55 pm

janet_lee88 wrote:actually what is TRUE Hainan food? where can you eat authentic ones?


True Hainan food? Wikipedia link here.

Unfortunately, most of the Hainanese dishes have already already localised and the Hainanese food you find in Singapore, you can't even find it in Hainan Island :lol:
The only one that's still quite close to the roots would be the steamboat. You can still find it being served in the restaurants along the old hainan roads and basement of golden mile as well as the 7 storey restaurant.

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Re: Why Hainanese dominate the F&B sector in Singapore?

Postby Integer » Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:12 pm

janet_lee88 wrote:actually what is TRUE Hainan food? where can you eat authentic ones?

We used to eat at Mooi Chin restaurant, located in Golden Landmark Hotel (near Bugis MRT). Have not been there for some time, q.authentic to us hainanese then. I like their Hainanese Mutton soup, pork chop, sambal pomfret etc...

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