He grew up on a farm near Chongqing China, and now he’s the owner of one of Singapore’s favourite mala xiang guo chains, You Ma You La.
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The chain has grown rapidly since 2015, but it wasn’t an easy start. Yang Jian had to adapt his mala to suit Singaporeans, and introduced mala mini lobsters, a dish that fired up people’s appetites for more that he had to offer.
With 14 stalls in food courts and 2 restaurants, this hawkerpreneur isn’t slowing down. He aims to start a central kitchen making mala sauce, and if given the opportunity, wants to package and sell mala in supermarkets.
Just like the immigrants before him who made Hainanese chicken rice a Singaporean favourite, he too is hoping to leave his own mark in Singapore’s culinary melting pot.
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