Singapore, January 22, 2013
From its humble beginnings as a bakery operating out of a kampung in the 1960s, Gin Thye Cakemaker has expanded by leaps and bounds.
Its owner, Mr Lawrence Lim, 38, has opened four branches across the island after taking over in 2003, when his father died.
Now, the Teochew bakery has become one of a number of businesses to feature in a new documentary series that aims to raise awareness of traditional trades.
Gin Thye Cakemaker, which employs about 30 workers and is doing a roaring business, produces more than 100 confections ranging from mouth-watering soft candies that melt in the mouth to savoury and sweet, crispy and doughy peanut brittles, crackers, wafers, biscuits, mooncakes and tarts for all occasions.
It specialises in churning out batch after batch of traditional goods for celebrations such as Teochew, Cantonese and Hokkien weddings, temple festivities and more sombre occasions on the Chinese calendar such as Qing Ming and the Hungry Ghost Festival.