A young generation of hawker stalls owners is popping up all over Singapore, serving up everything from traditional local food to Japanese and Western dishes. Photos by Gladys Ng
Homebaked Dough & Ramen. ‘It’s hard to convince people that you’re serving quality food. People might see you as a ‘youngster’ who cannot cook,’ shares owners Cai Weili, 28, and Cai Weisheng, 25. Come for: Light-broth Japanese ramen noodles and homemade cookies. #02-04/05 Teck Kee Coffeeshop, 5 Tanjong Pagar Plaza. MRT: Tanjong Pagar.
Masmerah Food : ‘I have become good friends with many of my customers and I am now more confident when talking to and approaching others,’ says owner Nur Huda Binte Johari, 25. Come for: Goreng pisang and roti john. #01-66 Ayer Rajah Food Centre, 503 West Coast Drive. MRT: Clementi.
Abdhus Alam Rojak. ‘My father worked so hard to build his rojak empire, and I didn’t want his sweat and hard work to go to waste. This is the best I could do as a son for my parents – by fulfilling their dream of me getting a degree, and also taking over the business,’ shares young hawker Abdus Salam Rojak, 26. Come for: Indian rojak. #01-73 Ayer Rajah Food Centre, 503 West Coast Drive. MRT: Clementi.
Sin Heng Claypot Bak Koot Teh. ‘The way we deal with our suppliers is slightly different from the older generation. We have a less traditional mindset and always place our business priorities first,’ says owners Alan Soo, 32, and his cousin Adrian Neo, 34 (not pictured). Come for: Claypot bak kut teh and zi char dishes. 439 Joo Chiat Road. MRT: Eunos.
Wow Wow West. ‘Don’t be judgmental towards hawkers, because there’s a lot of credit to be given to them,' says Elizabeth Ng, 24, who sells Western food at ABC Brickworks Food Centre. Come for: chicken chop and pork cheese sausage. #01-133, 6 Jalan Bukit Merah. MRT: Redhill.
La Cuisson. ‘People who come to the coffee shop...think we’re crazy serving this kind of food,' says Kenneth Lin, 31, who sells budget-friendly French fare. Come for: Foie gras salad and Angus beef steak. #01-39 HD40 Food House, 40 Holland Drive. MRT: Holland Village.