Yes, that pun is intentional because Kin Hoi — which means ‘eat shellfish’ in Thai — specialises in Thai-style shellfish, and the star of the show is their gargantuan cockles.
One would expect the founders — Daniel Teo, 37, and Atchara Nimnuan, 36 — to have been in the food scene for quite some time thanks to their booming business but surprisingly, the two are only just starting out.
They first met in the media industry where Daniel was the director and head of international business at a digital entertainment company and Atchara was one of the top consultants for a prestigious social media firm. Who knew that a few years down the road, they would be business partners selling cockles together? This is the story of their unconventional journey, obstacles and all.