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Hawker Meals in Singapore

Hawker food has been a definitive part of Singaporean cuisine for centuries. In the 1800s men from China, Malaya and India would be drawn to work in the busy port of Singapore. Homesick and with hardly any women around they cooked the dishes they missed from home and sold them on street corners from shoulder poles and improvised bicycles.

All this grew over the years into several bustling districts of flavoursome recipes that have been handed down for generations. Take a walk amid the serene chaos and smell the spicy satays, the succulent chicken and aromatic rice. Don’t be shy either; try as much of it as you can. Then when you’re full from satay skewers, rice dishes, wok fried noodles and tasty seafood, have some more.

With the hawker chefs getting older and their children heading off to business school at a young age, this hawker culture may not survive much longer. Young people are tempted into office jobs rather than learning the treasured recipes that have tantalised tastebuds for decades. Make sure you try as much of this wonderful cuisine as you can because in a few more decades these hawker stands may fade away.

Chinatown Complex Food Centre

Address: 335 Smith Street, Chinatown Complex
Nearest MRT Station: Chinatown (NE4) and Outram Park (EW16/NE3)

East Coast Lagoon Food Village

Address: 1220 East Coast Parkway
Nearest MRT Station: Bedok (EW5)

Geylang Serai Market

Address: Corner of Joo Chiat Road and Changi Road
Nearest MRT Station: Paya Lebar (EW8)

Golden Mile Food Centre

Address: 505 Beach Road
Nearest MRT Station: Lavender (EW11)

Lau Pat Sat Festival Market

Address: 18 Raffles Quay
Nearest MRT Station: Raffles Place (EW14/NS26)

Maxwell Food Centre

Address: Along Maxwell Road
Nearest MRT Station: Tanjong Pagar (EW15) and Chinatown (NE4)

Zion Riverside Food Centre

Address: Zion Road / Zion Close
Nearest MRT Station: Tiong Bahru (EW17)

Glutton’s Bay

Address: 1-15 Esplanade Mall
Nearest MRT Station: City Hall (EW13/NS25)

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