A total of 37 hawker stalls and 1 hawker centre are recognised at the awards presentation ceremony; awards include efforts for being environmentally-friendly, and for introducing innovative and economically-priced hawker food
Singapore, 6 November, 2016 – At the 9th edition of the City Hawker Food Hunt awards presentation ceremony today, a total of 37 outstanding hawkers, selected from more than 100 hawker centres islandwide, received awards from Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Education and Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ms Low Yen Ling, at Ayer Rajah Food Centre.
Following its inception in 2008, the City Hawker Food Hunt brings together people from various walks of life to recognise and celebrate Singapore’s hawker legacy year after year. Today, more than 300 hawker stalls have been awarded with plaques and certificates bearing the Merlion mascot, a familiar recognition for outstanding hawker food.
This year, City Hawker Food Hunt was launched on 2 June 2016 and members of the public voted from June to September 2016 for the best Ngoh Hiang, Sambal Stingray and Fried Rice found at hawker centres. Two hawkers, who have been serving the hawker trade for generations, received the “Heritage Hawker Stall” award for their commendable effort in keeping the hawker trade alive.
There are 3 new award categories introduced for City Hawker Food Hunt this year – “Economical Hawker Stall”, “Green Hawker Stall” and “Innovative Hawker Stall” awards; which are presented to 5 hawker stall owners for their exemplary effort in these award categories.
The “Economical Hawker Stall” award is presented to 2 hawkers who offer rice and soup dishes at $2 and below. The “Green Hawker Stall” award goes to an environmentally-friendly drinks stall owner who has been recycling milk tin cans as a takeaway option for 60 years, while the “Innovative Hawker Stall” award goes to 2 hawkers who creatively use unique ingredients on traditional hawker food. Members of the public also voted for Maxwell Food Centre to receive the “My Favourite Hawker Centre” award for the third consecutive year.
City Hawker Food Hunt also launched the Makan Makeover contest for members of the public to transform and “makeover” the appearance of hawker food. Using original food ingredients from hawker food purchased at hawker centres, participants are encouraged to transform the appearance of the dish by re-arranging the ingredients or adding non-edible decoration.
City Hawker Food Hunt is jointly organised by City Gas and Shin Min Daily News and supported by the Health Promotion Board, National Environment Agency and Singapore Tourism Board.