Tan Ah Khim
Grandma Khim, a Peranakan “woman of steel”, was the matriarch of her family of 8 children. She was fully dedicated in the family kitchen, serving up dish after dish of really good food for her big brood.
There was one dish which especially stood out. Her curry was very popular amongst family and friends. Being a true purist, she used only the best ingredients. This resulted in a curry with impeccable depth to it.
Her meticulous attention to detail ensured every pot of curry was consistently prepared, thick and spicy, but not too heavy and distinct in taste.
At a grand age of 86, she is still very much involved in the kitchen.
Yap Hock Kee
Hock Kee was the eldest boy of the family. As a teenager, he learnt to cook from his mother. Being hardworking and traditional, he made sure he followed his mother’s cooking instructions to a tee.
When Grandma Khim finally gave the thumbs up to his standard of cooking curry, Hock Kee decided to start a curry stall as he was convinced the public would enjoy the curries as much as his family did.
With the key people on board with this idea, from 1989, Hock Kee helmed his first Na Na Homemade Curry stall with his mother assisting him closely.