Singapore's hawker stalls are tourist magnets, which sell signature dishes that are loved and enjoyed by the locals. However, the problem is that the hawker centres now find it hard to keep chefs working at the basic kitchens joints as the wage being offered is minimal.
A plate of $3.70 rojak (fruit and vegetable salad) is seen at Balestier Road Hoover Rojak at Whampoa Food Centre in Singapore.Reuters
According to a Reuters report, there are over 100 hawker centres that house as many as 6,000 stalls selling meals at a more than affordable price, starting at $2. A few weeks ago, seventy-two-year old hawker Chen Fu Yuan told the agency that he will be heartbroken if the hawker stalls ceased to exist someday.
In April, the government, in a bid to save the food culture, set up a committee. It has promised to open up 10 new hawker centres. However, the problem lies somewhere else. "We can build hawker centres but who is going to man them?" blogger, author and committee member Dr Leslie Tay asked.
Chicken rice, Bak chor mee, soya sauce chicken, laksa, hokkien mee, nasi lemak, ice kachang, rojak, roti prata and satay are some of the popular dishes served for a couple of dollars.
A bowl of $1.50 ice kachang (shaved ice dessert) is seen at Golden Swallow Dessert stall at Ghim Moh Food Centre in Singapore.Reuters
A stall helper mans a satay stand at Lau Pa Sat food centre.Reuters
A plate of $3.70 hokkien mee (prawn noodles) is seen at Geylang Lorong 29 Fried Hokkien Mee at East Coast Road.Reuters
A bowl of $3.40 laksa is seen at Roxy Laksa stall at East Coast Lagoon Food Village.Reuters
A plate of $5 satay (skewered meat) is seen at Asli Satay Club at Lau Pa Sat food centre.Reuters
A plate of $5.20 soya sauce chicken is seen at Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle stall, which recently won a Michelin star, in Chinatown.Reuters
A $2.20 bowl of fishball noodles is seen at Thye Hong Handmade Fishball Noodle stall at Ghim Moh food center.Reuters
Hawker Alex See, 66, and his daughter Penny See, 33, cooking at their Geylang Lorong 29 Fried Hokkien Mee stall.Reuters
Hawker Lim Swee Heng prepares a bowl of laksa noodles, at Roxy Laksa stall, at the East Coast Lagoon Food Village.Reuters
A shot of the Lau Pa Sat food centre.Reuters
Patrons eat Michelin-starred soya sauce chicken noodles at Chinatown.Reuters