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1940s

The Making of a Family’s Legacy

Like many Singaporeans, Chew Hai Chwee, founder of Hoo Kee Bak Chang, struggled to make a living after the war. A former clerk, he had to turn to hawking street food to support his family. It was in 1948 that Hai Chwee began selling traditional, Hokkien rice dumplings along Amoy Street, with the help of his wife, Lim Seok Loo. As the demand for his dumplings soon grew, he named his business “Hoo Kee Bak Chang” or “和記肉粽” in Mandarin after his two young sons. The name also reflected his desire for peace.

1950s

Building a Family Business

As his business picked up, Hai Chwee relocated his street stall to a more prominent location outside Fu Xing Coffee Shop. His children started helping out at the stall, building a successful family business.

1960s

Becoming a Household Name

With his success, Hai Chwee took over Fu Xing coffee shop and provided a roof over his family of 13. Hoo Kee Bak Chang’s flavourful rice dumplings quickly grew in popularity and became synonymous with traditional, authentic Hokkien bak chang.

1970s

Expanding Customer’s Appeal

Hoo Kee Bak Chang further grew and distributed its bak changs to Yaohan, a mega mall in the late 1970s and early 1980s which was located at Orchard Road.

1980s - 2000s

A Living Legacy that Stands the Test of Time

Hoo Kee Bak Chang managed to grow a huge, loyal following over the years. As Singapore continued its urbanisation plans, Hoo Kee was relocated to the bustling Amoy Street Food Centre. Despite the disruption caused by the move and changing hands amongst his three sons, Hoo Kee Bak Chang continues to thrive.

2010 - Present

Winning Critical Acclaim

Today, Hoo Kee Bak Chang’s success is further validated by its prestigious Michelin’s Bib Gourmand listing, and its delectable bak changs continue to delight foodies of different generations.

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Hoo Kee’s bak changs are freshly made every morning with hand-picked ingredients. We make sure that our bak changs are served piping hot and bursting with fragrance and freshness with every bite.

At Hoo Kee, our bak changs are made in an extremely clean and hygienic environment to ensure each bak chang is a gastronomic treat to our customers.

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We do not compromise on the quality and freshness of our bak changs, and we are committed to serving bak changs that are traditionally and authentically Hokkien, with our recipe that is passed down from generation to generation.

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