This is the story of a city’s love & obsession with food. It’s the story of Singapore’s storied hawker centers which house Singapore’s legendary street food stalls and are part of the cultural fibre of the Lion City. More than 6,000 food stalls fill 110 hawker centers serving tastes from around the region and across Asia.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recently announced that hawker culture will be nominated for inscription into UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
In the 1970’s Singapore’s government started moving street food vendors into purpose-built facilities and in the process created hawker culture. Since many food vendors were migrants the food they served reflected the multicultural makeup of Singapore. Today they are still building new hawker centres. The official government plans calls for 127 different hawker centres by 2027 up from 110 today.
The success of Singapore’s hawker centers showcases the city’s love of food, their embrace of multicultural ideals and their community spirit. We’re big fans.