Preserving Singapore’s Hawker Culture

12 April 2013

The search for Singapore’s best hawker food continues as the annual City Hawker Food Hunt enters its 6th year with a bang at Zion Riverside Food Centre. New elements have been added to spice up this year’s City Hawker Food Hunt with the project “101 reasons why I love Hawker Food” and a video competition.

To celebrate the start of the 6th City Hawker Food Hunt, goodies bags were distributed to the public. Goodie bags come with a copy of the City Hawker Food Guide, a comprehensive food guide to the best hawker stalls the City Hawker Food Hunt has previously uncovered, and food coupons. As part of City Hawker Food Hunt‘s efforts to thank the public for their continuous support for the past 5 years, the coupons are given to the public for use at Zion Riverside Food Centre on the day itself. The opening celebrations saw overwhelming response with all goodie bags given out within 20 minutes.

Hinging on the theme, “I Love Hawker Food”, City Hawker Food Hunt launched the new initiative titled “101 reasons why we love Hawker Food!” This project aims to collect the many reasons why Singaporeans love their hawker food and will allow people in Singapore to share what makes our Hawker Food so special. The public can contribute their reasons to and stand to win attractive prizes.

A video competition will also be held in conjunction with this year’s City Hawker Food Hunt and ‘101 reasons why I love Hawker Food!’ Submissions are open to the public to submit videos creations revolving around the theme “Singapore Hawker Style”. Videos can be in the form of a short film, dance or a self-composed jingle. More details on video submission are available on .

This year, City Hawker Food Hunt will be scouring the island for the nation’s favourite Kway Chap, Prawn Noodles, Nasi Padang and Oyster Omelette. Like previous years, a panel of judges from the City Hawker Food Hunt committee will shortlist the best 10 stalls for each food category. From this list of Top 10 stalls, the public can vote for their favourite stall to emerge as ‘Best of the Best’. The public can also vote for their favourite hawker centre to support them for the coveted ‘Favourite Hawker Centre’ award. Public voting opens on 12 Apr at and via SMS.

Through this simple act of voting for their favourite hawker stalls, Singaporeans can give accreditation for the hard work our hawkers have put in. As the Guest-of-Honour of the opening ceremony, Er.Dr.Lee Bee Wah, GPC Chairman for Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, puts it, “As we continue to enjoy our favourite foods, let us not forget the amount of hard work put in by our hawkers. The City Hawker Food Hunt is a good platform for us to appreciate and recognise the stellar efforts of our favourite hawkers.”

At the opening ceremony, Mr Ng Yong Hwee, President and CEO of City Gas Pte Ltd said, “City Gas has come a long way together with our hawker partners and we hope to play a part in ensuring that the legacy of hawker culture in Singapore does not get lost. Through City Hawker Food Hunt and its various events, we want to acknowledge and give the hawkers the due recognition they deserve and remind ourselves what makes our hawker culture so worth preserving.”

A donation of $2000 was presented to Mr Soh Chee Keong, BBM, Chairman of Tanglin-Cairnhill Citizens’ Consultative Committee (CCC), for “Tanglin-Cairnhill CCC Community Development & Welfare Fund” at the opening ceremony. 30 elderly residents residing in rental flats at Bukit Merah View were invited down as well to join in the celebrations where they were served food by volunteers from City Gas.

City Hawker Food Hunt is jointly organized by City Gas and Shin Min Daily News and supported by the National Environment Agency (NEA) and Health Promotion Board (HPB).