City Gas’ SG50 Commemorative Food Guide Traces the History and Evolution of Singapore’s Hawker Heritage

8 November 2015

Over 40 hawker stalls recognised at the 8th City Hawker Food Hunt awards presentation ceremony, two from the newly introduced “Heritage Hawker Stall” category

Singapore, 8 November, 2015 – In collaboration with Shin Min Daily News, City Gas unveiled a 200-page bilingual food guide, “City Hawker Food Guide – SG50 Edition”, at the awards presentation and closing ceremony of the City Hawker Food Hunt today.

Launched by Guest-of-Honour, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, this special SG50 publication showcases Singapore’s top 50 favourite hawker dishes, recommendations to some of the best hawker stalls and recipes from local celebrity chefs.

Written in English and Chinese, the handy food guide aims to monumentalise and celebrate Singapore’s rich hawker heritage which reflects our multi-ethnic history and culture. It also hopes to encourage young readers to embark on an exciting culinary discovery of long forgotten hawker fare and for all to relive nostalgic moments through familiar flavours of our hawker fare. Some of the descriptions and photographs are contributed by the National Heritage Board, who also co-sponsored the publication of the food guide.

Interested members of the public redeemed a copy of the food guide earlier at the event held at Taman Jurong Community Club today, by penning down their thoughts on what they appreciate about hawker food and hawker centres in Singapore. A limited number of copies will be available for redemption at City Gas Gallery. More information will be shared on City Gas’ website. Copies of the food guide will also be made available to the National Library Board.

The City Hawker Food Hunt awards presentation marked an end to the seven-month public voting period for the “Best of the Best” hawker stalls from four selected food categories for 2015 – Popiah, Lontong, Curry Fish Head and Tau Suan.

Members of the public also gave their resounding support to Maxwell Food Centre to clinch the “My Favourite Hawker Centre” award, while Kovan Market and Food Centre was named the “Cleanest Hawker Centre”.

Keeping to this year’s SG50 theme, two hawker stalls which have been serving delicious hawker fare for more than 50 years were also commended with the “Heritage Hawker Stall” title.

A total of more than 40 hawker stalls were awarded today with plaques and certificates bearing the Merlion mascot, which has become a much sought-after recognition for those in the hawker trade.

“In a span of eight years, over 300 hawker stalls across main ethnic groups had been recognised for serving tasty and affordable food through the annual City Hawker Food Hunt campaign. In conjunction with our nation’s 50th anniversary, it is fitting that we document and showcase some of the best hawker fare, and together celebrate our unique hawker heritage,” said Mr Teo Kwan Hai, Acting Chief Executive Officer of City Gas.

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.