By Jolaine Chua
Fat Rice, the latest addition to Munch food court at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP), serves up perfect quick takeaways of sushi rolls and rice bowls, especially during lunch hours
However, these sushi rolls are far from ordinary, with creative flavours such as Caramalised Onion Beef and Kimchi Fried Rice.
“Somehow, our food preferences are very Asian,” said Miss Valencia Wong, one of the three brains behind Fat Rice. Her two partners are Miss Koh Bee Ling and Miss Toh Li Jun. Miss Wong explained that they combined their Asian taste buds with a takeaway concept, thus creating Fat Rice.
“We have people who have tried our rolls before telling us that we are using better and fresher flavours,” said Miss Wong.
Even though Fat Rice started in September 2014, Miss Wong and Miss Toh’s entrepreneurial spirit has been ignited long before that. The two from NP’s Diploma in Business Studies (BS) have been keen on starting up their own food and beverage business venture since they graduated in 2011. When they were studying in the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), they started a pushcart business where they sold quick bites, such as muffins that they got from a partnership with a bakery, and bubble and blended teas from Gong Cha.
As the Gong Cha trend was picking up during that time, their pushcart business became a great hit, with long queues every day.
Their third partner, Miss Koh, a 2011 NP Graduate from the Diploma in Banking and Financial Services (BFS) and a close friend of Miss Wong’s, was also interested in starting up an F&B business. That led to Fat Rice.
Thus, with all three entrepreneurs behind Fat Rice being NP graduates, it came as no surprise why they chose to open their first stall in NP. It was almost like a “homecoming”.
If there is any advice they would give to young entrepreneurs, it would be, to be ready to commit time. Said Miss Koh, “Be prepared for the hours – whether you’re physically there at the store or not.”
Miss Wong said, “Perhaps you’ll see Fat Rice in many more tertiary institutions, Central Business Districts (CBD), but we’ll see. We are also thinking of expanding to various other concepts.”