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Hawker to auction off Bak Chor Mee with Tur Kwa for charity

Hawker to auction off Bak Chor Mee with Tur Kwa for charity

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Regular bowls of Bak Chor Mee without Tur Kwa to be given to poorer customers for free.

Siow siow Bak Chor Mee with Tur Kwa up for charity auction.

In a bid to ensure that the underprivileged do not go hungry in his Toa Payoh neighbourhood, a hawker is starting a one-of-a-kind charity drive.

Yu Yuan Tang, a 40-year-old Bak Chor Mee seller, is raising money by getting his customers to bid for bowls of his specialty minced meat noodles in an auction.

The catch and main draw to ensure his charity auction is palatable?

The bowls of minced meat noodles put up for bidding will not be the regular run-of-the-mill kind.

Instead, Yu is offering a mouth-watering Bak Chor Mee concoction that comes with generous servings of Tur Kwa, a.k.a. pig liver, and customers will have to bid for it if they want to eat it.

Yu, dispelling notions that he is profiting from this exercise, said: “My supplier gives me fresh Tur Kwa once in a while for free. I thought it will be a good idea to make my customers bid for it instead of giving it to them without cost. I can then use the proceeds for a charitable cause.”

He added: “And to make sure customers bid more for the Bak Chor Mee with Tur Kwa, I will remind them they are doing this to help poor people. Win-win situation for all.”

The plan, as it turns out, is for Yu to pocket the money raised from the auction.

In return, he will buy the Bak Chor Mee without Tur Kwa from his own stall and give them out for free to poorer customers, after conducting means-testing.

Asked if he is afraid that there will be public backlash given the pseudo-charitable nature of this scheme, Yu said confidently: “I recently read that The Straits Times editor Warren Fernandez is doing something similar. They take a free car, put it up for auction and then say they’re using the money to buy ST newspapers for the poor. I heard the response online is very good so far as the campaign is going viral.”

He continued: “In fact, I came up with this concept first. I wonder if he might have stolen it from me because I thought I might have seen Warren walked past the other day during lunch time.”

“Also, I mean, come on, it’s not as if I have the cheek to give out gold bars to my regular customers at the expense of the poor and so I got not enough money left to do charity, right?”

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