Before the beginning
Chip Guan Heng was founded by the late Goh Sing Yam. At the age of 8, alone, he came over from China on a cargo ship. With neither fortune nor a formal education, he started taking on odd jobs right away.
Goh Sing Yam opened a provision shop in the 1960s. At the same time, he sold local brands of traditional ice cream to hawkers. The number of hawkers that bought supplies from the small provision shop gradually increased, until eventually, he approached Cold Storage to obtain a Magnolia ice cream distribution license. At the time, Magnolia was a sub-brand of Cold Storage.
Chip Guan Heng (集原興) was founded in 1970, born out of sheer grit and hard work over the years. For his brand new venture, Goh Sing Yam picked the words “Chip”, meaning gather, “Guan”, meaning resources, and “Heng”, meaning prosperity.
From Fathers to Sons
Today, we have yet another generation joining in the ranks, with Mr Goh Soo Khin’s son, Kenneth, set on continuing the legacy built by his forefathers. At Chip Guan Heng, Mr Goh Soo Khin and Kenneth are ever-ready with anything and everything to do with traditional ice cream. Aside from supplying traditional ice cream to street hawkers, we’ve branched out into event and catering services, as well as distributing wholesale gelato supplies to local shops like Apiary, Sweet Cheeks, Udders and Jollibean.
A Fading Local Culture
The future of Singapore’s traditional ice cream culture is under threat. The government is intent on phasing out ice cream street hawkers. Since 2004, no new licenses have been issued. With ice cream cart licenses being non-transferable, the number of street hawkers in Singapore diminishes every day. The tradition is gradually disappearing, and what used to be a common sight in every neighbourhood is now a rare encounter.
Following the rainbow
Traditional ice cream and street hawkers are part of our Singapore identity. We are resolved to not only preserve the legacy, but to make it flourish once more.
Before, Chip Guan Heng led the way in ice cream distribution.