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.