Preserving our Hawker Heritage: How about Migrant Hawkers?
I was in Tanjung Pinang recently for a fishing trip. While we were sitting in a nearby coffeeshop, I spied this hawker who was working non-stop, making their version of wanton mee. The way he placed a plastic bag into the plastic mug for takeaway orders was a real blast from the past. I am […]
Legendary Bak Kut Teh @ Rangoon: 2nd Generation Hawkerpreneurs!
This restaurant was previously known as “Founder” There has been a lot of talk about preserving our hawker heritage recently. The main worry is about the lack of younger Singaporeans wanting to enter the hawker profession. This is certainly a big concern for certain dishes like Char Kway Teow. The problem lies in simple, basic […]
Xiao Di Hokkien Mee: Next Gen Hawker Master in the Making
Foodies all over Singapore are keenly aware of the lack of new generation hawkers to take over from the old hawker masters. I am glad that some of our Gen Y Singaporeans are taking the initiative to try to save our hawker heritage. Two such projects have been under taken by NTU students last year. […]
When I wrote about Heaven’s Indian Curry in 2011, I spoke with the stall owners about my dream of eating freshly made Putu Mayyam in Singapore. At the time, Letchmi told me that it was certainly possible and all they needed was a good location for another stall. Fast forward to Nov 2012. I was […]
The upcoming Ultimate Hawker Fest has given many hawkers the opportunity to dream. Many hawkers, like Gunalan from The Prata Place have visions of the ultimate version of their specialty dishes but are usually hampered by the need to keep prices at a level which they think their customers are willing to pay. But with […]
Song Fa Bak Kut Teh @ UE Bizhub East: The Future of Hawker Fare!
I met up with Mr Yeo Hart Pong, the 2nd generation boss of Song Fa last week at his brand new restaurant in Changi Business Park. As you know, Song Fa is coming up with the Ultimate Bak Kut Teh for our Ultimate Hawker Fest on 20 October and we are talking about how to […]
Rong Cheng Bak Kut Teh: Every day is a Good Day for Bak Kut Teh!
If I were to pick a dish to represent Singapore, my choice would be Bak Kut Teh. It might seem strange that I should choose Bak Kut Teh over hot favourites like Chicken Rice and Chilli Crabs but after pondering upon this question for the last few years, I have come to the conclusion that […]
This particular post came to be because of the persistence of Ms R R Wong who wrote to me emphatically that I cannot allow this Durian season to pass me by without visiting 818 Durians for the ultimate Mao Shan Wang experience. From her long and detailed message, it would seem that the lady has […]
Abdhus Salam Rojak: The Indian Rojak Centre of Singapore!
The more senior readers amongst us will no doubt remember the Indian Rojak stalls that used to line Waterloo Street. I don’t think my dad ever brought me there to eat Indian Rojak, but I am sure that it must have been quite something for people to still talk about it so fondly! Another defunct […]
Tom’s Citizoom Mee Pok Tar: Passionate, Young Hawkers
There has been much talk lately about how we are going to be able to find enough hawkers to run the stalls in the new hawker centres that the NEA are planning to build. There is a lot of concern, in particular, about how the younger generation of Singaporeans are not keen on being Hawker […]
When the NEA recently announced that they will resume building new Hawker Centres, I heard some people remark that there was no use building Hawker Centres if there are no Hawkers to man the stalls. I guess it is natural to assume that most Gen Y Singaporeans would want to have a cushy executive type […]