In the Heartlands: HAWKER CENTRE
More than just a place to eat
Hawker centres are open-aired complexes housing vendors selling local foods. They were set up after Singapore's independence in 1965 in the government's attempt to round up roadside hawkers, and since then, it has remained an important and necessary part of Singaporeans' life.
[All photographs below are taken by our team members.]
Bustling place with all the sounds, smells, flavour, and sights of the local community
|A typical hawker centre at Upper Boon Keng Road (North-East part of Singapore)||Look at the crowd during lunch hours!|
A Most Realistic & Authentic Local Scene
Hawker centres are located in the suburbs, such as in housing estates. Most hawker centres are located side by side with the wet market, such as the Upper Boon Keng Road Market and Hawker Centre (as shown in the photo above).
Hawker centres act as the social platform where people from the neighbourhood interact on a daily basis.
In the mornings, after haggling at the wet market for the daily groceries, housewives and grandmothers, ocassionally with domestic helpers in tow, head to the hawker centre for breakfast, and to 'takeaway' (buy to take home) breakfast for the whole family. On weekends where kids and teenagers have no lessons at school, families enjoy a meal out at the hawker centre.
Perfect familiy bonding activity - the cheap and convenient way
|Three-generation families make a heart-warming scene.||Yum-yum! The food here is so delicious!||Young families|
The place to catch up with old friends
Groups of senior citizens gathering round a table at the hawker centre, lost in time as they chat happily with their buddies in local dialects of Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese etc. are a regular everyday sight in hawker centres. Sometimes, you do not even see food on their table!
Whiling away the time happily
|A chat over a cup of Kopi (coffee) or Teh tarik (milk tea).||Socialising with friends after a satisfying morning at the wet market.||Singaporeans of all races frequent the hawker centre.|