Samsui Kitchen at Enabling Village prepares persons with disabilities for a career in F&B.
Nestled in the lush greenery of Enabling Village at Lengkok Bahru, Samsui Kitchen bustles with activity. There, they prepare up to 5,000 meals daily for nursing homes, student care centres, hotels and companies. The social enterprise trains persons with disabilities, preparing them for a career in the food and beverage (F&B) industry.
This kitchen at Enabling Village spans 3,485 square feet, about the size of three 4-room HDB flats. Workspaces are built lower and only sliding doors are installed, so people on wheelchairs use them with ease. All cooking is done by induction, a safer option compared with gas stoves.
Samsui Kitchen is part of Soup Restaurant Group. It is the brainchild of Mr Ang Kian Peng, a director of the group’s subsidiary, Samsui Supplies & Services, who set up the kitchen in Enabling Village in 2018 with corporate social responsibility in mind.
Earlier in 2017, Kian Peng set up Samsui Kitchen in Changi Prison, training more than 30 inmates on food preparation techniques.
“Our business model is unique,” he says. “Our kitchen at Enabling Village is a hybrid. Besides running a business where we supply cooked food to customers, we train people with disabilities.” He adds, “Here, we focus on our core competencies in F&B to do good.”
Trainees at Samsui Kitchen at Enabling Village include persons with autism, Down syndrome and physical disabilities.
Samsui Kitchen partners Sodexo, a French food services and facilities management company on training. Standard Chartered is a sponsor, having contributed some $200,000 to Samsui Kitchen’s operations at Enabling Village since 2019.