Ya Hui cooks up a storm for charity

The turnout was so overwhelming, the queue for the wanton noodles had to be cut off early

Ya Hui cooks up a storm for charity
Ya Hui cooks up a storm for charity
05 Feb 2018

Ya Hui cooks up a storm for charity

Photos: Toh Zi Yi, The Celebrity Agency/Wei Liang
Video: Goh Wen Kai

It’s a balmy Saturday afternoon, but the queue for Wong Kee Wanton Noodles at timbre+ is 20 people deep. No mean feat, considering that the usual working crowd that throngs timbre+ on weekdays during lunchtime are off from work today. The front of the stall is crowded with fans and curious members of the public alike, all jostling to catch a glimpse of today’s star, local actress Ya Hui, who will be reprising her role in 118 as wanton mee seller, Hong Jinzhi, and dishing out plates of noodles for charity.

But first, the 30-year-old will be preparing and serving lunch to 91 beneficiaries from Lion Befrienders, the Singapore Red Cross, as well as the Helping People Happy People Foundation. After the first few plates of noodles are dished out, Ya Hui takes a break from the kitchen, where she is tasked to cook the springy egg noodles, to interact with the beneficiaries. As she appears with a pair of scissors in hand to cut their noodles and vegetables into bite-size pieces, some yell out greetings to her, while others implore for Ya Hui to visit their table as well, a familiar occurrence that will resurface once more during the photo-taking session, as Ya Hui takes five different photos with the group of beneficiaries, as they all clamour for her to stand beside them.

In an interview with Toggle, the actress shares that though she was “very busy” throughout the entire event, she feels extremely happy, save for her hands, which are a little sore from all the noodles she had to cook.

“I’m really very surprised by the turnout, thank you for all your support,” she gushes, sharing that her secondary school and junior college teachers, as well as her primary school classmates, had shown up with their families to support her as well.

“I feel bad actually, because it’s already 2pm, and there’s still quite a number of people queueing for the noodles. I originally started off cooking one portion of noodles at a time, but as I wanted to speed things up, I switched to cooking two portions of noodles at a time instead,” she says. 

Continued on next slide: Will Ya Hui consider venturing into the F&B business in the future?

Ya Hui cooks up a storm for charity
Ya Hui cooks up a storm for charity
05 Feb 2018

Ya Hui cooks up a storm for charity

Soon enough, the time comes for Ya Hui to return to her position inside the kitchen, as the public sales start. With all proceeds going to the Singapore Red Cross, the queue for the noodles begins lengthening, with a queue of more than 50 people at its longest. Alas, due to the enthusiastic reception by the public, the queue for the noodles has to be cut off early, as the stall has to close by 3pm.​​​​​​​

Ya Hui, who attended a full-day course in order to get her WSQ Food Hygiene Course certification to serve food prior to the charity drive, lets on that the entire process was actually pretty smooth-sailing, and that she finished her exam in 10 minutes.

She also shares that she might venture into the F&B business like many of her celebrity pals in the future, though it “will not be a café or a restaurant”.

“I haven’t really thought about what I’d serve and the like, but it’ll probably be a cosy eating place, as I really like hawker food,” she shares. “I don’t really step into the kitchen on most days, but I do enjoy cooking. My best dish is probably my fish porridge, I learnt how to cook it from my mother, who does it really well.” 

A couple of Ya Hui’s celebrity pals also made sure to drop by to show their support for Yahui, with Jeremy Chan and Ryan Lian being the first two to show up. Towards the end of the event, fellow 118 actors Hong Ling and Nick Teo make an appearance as well, together with Chen Liping and Lin Meijiao, who were all treated to a delicious plate of noodles for their effort.

Rounding up the celebrity guest appearances are couple Felicia Chin and Jeffrey Xu, who laugh that they had“just finished eating fried chicken”, but still dropped by for some noodles to complete their meal. 

A total of $3,681.10 was raised from the event and proceeds will be donated to Red Cross Singapore.

Click on for more pictures of the event!

'Hong Jinzhi' in action
'Hong Jinzhi' in action
05 Feb 2018

'Hong Jinzhi' in action

Ya Hui interacting with the beneficiaries from Lion Befrienders
Ya Hui interacting with the beneficiaries from Lion Befrienders
05 Feb 2018

Ya Hui interacting with the beneficiaries from Lion Befrienders

Ya Hui made sure to pose for pictures with fans and sign autographs whenever possible as well
Ya Hui made sure to pose for pictures with fans and sign autographs whenever possible as well
05 Feb 2018

Ya Hui made sure to pose for pictures with fans and sign autographs whenever possible as well

Ya Hui was very much
Ya Hui was very much "in-demand" during the photo-taking session
05 Feb 2018

Ya Hui was very much "in-demand" during the photo-taking session

Ya Hui was very much
Ya Hui was very much "in-demand" during the photo-taking session
05 Feb 2018

Ya Hui was very much "in-demand" during the photo-taking session

Ya Hui feeding one of the beneficiaries from the Singapore Red Cross
Ya Hui feeding one of the beneficiaries from the Singapore Red Cross
05 Feb 2018

Ya Hui feeding one of the beneficiaries from the Singapore Red Cross

L-R: Shine Koh, Jeffrey Xu, Ryan Lian
L-R: Shine Koh, Jeffrey Xu, Ryan Lian
05 Feb 2018

L-R: Shine Koh, Jeffrey Xu, Ryan Lian

Nick Teo and Hong Ling
Nick Teo and Hong Ling
05 Feb 2018

Nick Teo and Hong Ling

L-R: Chen Li Ping, Lin Mei Jiao
L-R: Chen Li Ping, Lin Mei Jiao
05 Feb 2018

L-R: Chen Li Ping, Lin Mei Jiao

From top left - bottom left: Jeremy Chan, Ya Hui, Chen Li Ping, Felicia Chin & Jeffrey Xu
From top left - bottom left: Jeremy Chan, Ya Hui, Chen Li Ping, Felicia Chin & Jeffrey Xu
05 Feb 2018

From top left - bottom left: Jeremy Chan, Ya Hui, Chen Li Ping, Felicia Chin & Jeffrey Xu

Yahui with her fanclub, who turned up to support her and help out, after the charity drive
Yahui with her fanclub, who turned up to support her and help out, after the charity drive
05 Feb 2018

Yahui with her fanclub, who turned up to support her and help out, after the charity drive

Ya Hui cooks up a storm for charity
Ya Hui cooks up a storm for charity
05 Feb 2018

Ya Hui cooks up a storm for charity

Ya Hui cooks up a storm for charity
Ya Hui cooks up a storm for charity
05 Feb 2018

Ya Hui cooks up a storm for charity

Catch up on past episodes of 118 and 118 II, only on Toggle.

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Ya Hui whips up a delicious plate of wanton noodles for charity!

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