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Weighty problem led to brothers' own ramen recipe

Brothers create their own recipes for a healthier eating choice.
The Straits Times - February 5, 2013
By: Sabrina Tiong
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Weighty problem led to brothers' own ramen recipe Brothers Cai Weili (left) and Cai Weisheng developed a passion for cooking when they tried to lose weight following a weight-lifting regime. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

OBESITY made Mr Cai Weili and Mr Cai Weisheng enter the hawker trade.

The brothers were overweight after taking in too many calories while on a weight-lifting regime.

"We looked at one of our pictures and got a shock after finding out what we looked like," said 28-year-old Weili.

To watch their intake, the duo started to research recipes online and experimented with different dishes.

Then, on March 15, 2010, came an opening at the Teck Kee Coffeeshop in Tanjong Pagar Plaza.

The brothers, who share a passion for baking and cooking, received monetary support from their mother to open "Homebakeddough". But they could not just sell cookies in their coffee shop.

To cater to a larger crowd, the two Nanyang Polytechnic graduates wanted to serve their favourite dish - ramen. For more than six months they used different ingredients to come up with a unique soup base.

"We tried everything - pork bones, chicken bones, even bacon. It came out so oily at first, I don't even think it was edible," said Weisheng.

After countless changes to the recipe, their friends and relatives finally gave the brothers' project the green light. "The secret actually lies in the shoyu," said 25-year-old Weisheng, referring to the soya sauce used to make the flavoured ramen soup.

Although they have been running the stall for two years, the brothers are still trying to improve the taste every day.

They hope to expand or set up their stall in a shophouse in the future.

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