SGDAY2019HawkerCulture
22 Jan 2019

Community - Food

SG Day 2019: Away from home and missing hawker food

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In case you have not heard, Singapore Day is coming to Shanghai on 13 April 2019!

 

Have you registered yet?

 

This is the chance for Singaporeans in China to finally get their hands on their much loved and very much missed hawker food! There will be hot favourites like chicken rice, roti prata … (keep a look out for the list of hawkers coming soon!)

 

While we are already starting the countdown to the exciting day, let’s find out what some of our Singaporean friends in China love about Singapore's hawker culture.

Cordillia Ann Tan

NUS Overseas Colleges Student

4 months away from Singapore

 

What do you like about our hawker experience?

I always go to newton circus in the middle of the night with my parents... I love how I can always find reasonably priced food at the weirdest times! My parents and I have been going to the same store for the past 20 years, and my dad is really good friends with the hawker that sells carrot cake. In fact, he even knows the uncle's father who used to run the store. I think that really gives a personal touch. Also, what I absolutely love is that the food is SO SO AMAZING!!!! I am living in Shanghai now and typing this really makes me crave hawker food :-( Also at a hawker centre(especially the famous ones!!!), you can trust that their wok hei is the best! You can't get that anywhere else...!!!!

 

How do you satisfy your craving for hawker food while you are here?

Tahan until I go home... Even if I tried cooking it myself, it wouldn't be as nice :-( My friends and I tried to cook Bak Kut Yeh and Laksa, but the taste is really different!

 

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Rock Loong

Businessman

18 years in Shanghai

 

Tell us what is your favourite hawker food.

Curry fish head (Sea fish) and Bak Chor Mee

 

Do you have a favourite hawker centre?

Whampoa Market

 

How do you satisfy your craving for hawker food while you are here?

I usually patronize SG restaurants in China such as Frankie’s Place at Hongqiao District, Orchard CRC at Jing’an District, and Restaurant 1965 at Jing’an District.

 

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Pam Moi Choo

12 years in China

 

Tell us what is your favourite hawker food.

Hainanese curry rice

 

Do you have a favourite hawker centre?

Kovan Hawker Centre

 

How do you satisfy your craving for hawker food while you are here?

DIY at home! The pictures above show some of my DIY dishes when I am craving for Singapore hawker food).

 

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Dorcas Chua

Teacher

Away from Singapore for 13 years

 

Tell us what is your favourite hawker food.

Fried Hokkien Mee (炒虾面)

 

What do you like about our hawker experience?

Wide variety of options at one place!

 

How do you satisfy your craving for hawker food while you are here?

I will cook at home. The dishes above are some of what I have made!

 

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Kevin Koh

Corporate Tax Advisor

Away from Singapore for 3 years

 

Tell us what about your favourite hawker food

Too many - Bak Kut Teh, Duck / Chicken Rice, Nasi Lemak / Briyani, Roti Prata      

 

Do you have a favourite hawker centre?

Also quite a few - Tiong Bahru, Whampoa, Lau Pa Sat老巴刹, Chinatown              

 

What do you like about our hawker experience?

Delicious local food at affordable prices, wide variety of options, convenient and accessible, clean environment.

 

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Asfalilah Binti Talib,

Powerschool Administrator at SSIS

Away from Singapore for 6 years

 

What do you like about our hawker experience?

I like hawker centres. They remind me of old times where there were mobile food hawker carts or street food. Hawker centres provide delicious food at affordable prices, and serve a variety of food and desserts from Malay, Indian, Chinese and Western food. Importantly, I can find halal food under one roof.  Don’t be surprise that they also sell commonly found food in restaurants and cafes like ramen and poke bowls. Other than that hawker centres in Singapore also have good reputation for hygienic food.

 

How do you satisfy your craving for hawker food while you are here?

In Singapore, I didn’t learn how to cook my family’s favourite food as Halal food was conveniently available within walking distance or through delivery service. 

 

Now I am in Shanghai, I have learnt to cook all my family’s favourite dishes. During my first year here, I met other Singaporeans and every week, we would learn to cook our all-time favourites together. My first attempt was curry puff and I even made curry puffs for a charity event. Subsequently, I tried to make yellow noodle, Mee Rebus, Laksa and other dishes. Although I can now cook hawker dishes, I still prefer to eat at hawker centres when I am back home in Singapore.

 

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Are you excited for the big day yet? Register now and remember to tell all your friends in China about it!

 

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SUPPORT HAWKER CULTURE

In case you haven’t heard, Singapore will be nominating our vibrant hawker culture into UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Amongst the Prawn Noodles and Nasi Gorengs, our diverse hawker food brings out an inexplicable pride and identity amongst us. If you agree that Singapore’s Hawker Culture is an integral part of our daily lives that should be passed on for generations to come, pledge your support here: bit.ly/OSHawkerSupport.

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