Hawker food in San Francisco? Who would've thought!
THE DABAO SINGAPORE STORY
EMILY LIM, FOUNDER
Singapore-born and bred, Emily fell in love with California and moved to San Francisco in 2014 to build her professional experience in fine dining and casual dining establishments. With her undying love for the hustle, a long-term commitment to heritage foods and food culture, and a deep desire to build cultural bridges and to give back, she grasped the opportunity to create something that was missing in San Francisco - authentic Singaporean hawker foods.
Birthed during the pandemic in hopes to provide jobs for her peers, Dabao Singapore comes from the heart as an homage to her female ancestors who used to peddle foods for a living in developing Singapore.
Emily has worked in Alexander's Steakhouse, ALX by Alexander's Steakhouse, All Spice* and JAAN*.
JESSIE LUGO, SOUS CHEF
Born and raised in Texas, Jessie has called San Francisco her home for the last 11 years. With restaurants like 2 starred Michelin Acquerello under her belt, Jessie met Emily whilst working as a sous chef at Alexander's Steakhouse and they became fast friends as mentor and young chef. Prior to the COVID-19 the two besties were working together as the Executive Chef and Executive Sous Chef duo of ALX by Alexander's Steakhouse. Now reunited in the workforce with the roles switched, Chef Jessie continues to uphold her beliefs that "foods, should, number one, be delicious".
TO provide work opportunities to our friends in the F&B industry whilst recreating the experience of eating at a hawker centre in Singapore with friends and/or family.
TO make sure each meal is shiok enough for you and your loved ones.