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Singapore Hawker Centres

Singapore Hawker Centres

Singapore Hawker Centres


A project of the National Environment Agency of Singapore (NEA), this book includes:

  • Hawkers, their food and their stories
  • Planning and changing demographics and lifestyles
  • Heritage architecture and cultural legacy of our multiracial immigrant nation
  • The history of hawking in Singapore
  • Colourful accounts of environment and public health officials
  • Dollars and sense of hawking from small business to franchise
  • Impact of hawking on Singapore society
  • Management of hawker centres addressing public health and hygiene issues

Singaporeans go to their favourite hawker centres for their daily meals. Hawker centres are no more seen as a poor man's meal ticket. How did hawkers and hawker centres develop over the years, from street food to architect-designed eating places with an eye to culture and environment?

Briyani, thosai, chilli crab, roti prata, chicken rice and satay, the Singapore-ness of hawker centres is palpable. Nowhere else on the island (or the world) will you find such an eclectic array of food as it was meant to be enjoyed: in a natural open-air atmosphere, among friends and family, with the sizzle of hot pans and the clang of woks as the cook prepares your favourite dish just so.

Hawker centres bring together food old and new, from East to West. They are a reflection of life in Singapore, bridging cultures and generations.

Weight 1.20 grams
Author Lily Kong
ISBN 978.981.248.149.8
Size 240mm x 220mm
Extent 176pp
Hardcover / Softcover Hardcover
Illustrated or Black & White Full Colour with illustrations
Language English
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