What should new hawker centres be like?

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What should new hawker centres be like?

Postby Editorial » Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:04 pm

By KF Seetoh

The Chinese evening press are sure nosey, they get wind of the fact that the government is going to build new hawker centres, a good two weeks ahead of most other media, including yours truly (malu lah). They called me for a quote earlier this month, then Minister of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan announced last week that some ten new hawker centres will be built in newer and “under- served” public housing estates like Sengkang, Pasir Ris and Bkt Panjang . The great thing is that (it’s a great thing) they are going to build on average, one a year, over the next ten years. Why is this great? Let me and my die-hard makan fellows share some of our thoughts, reservations and ideas.

“It’s good, cheap and people bond at hawker centres” said Daniel Wang, former and retired Director- General of Public Health at the National Environment Agency. He was also one of the main key officers way back when, tasked to relocate itinerant hawkers off the streets into custom built hawker centres. He oversaw hygiene and safety practices then. “It is also one of the last few institutions that preserve our original heritage- makan. Lose it and our identity goes. I’ve already lost my Indian style mee siam and a rocking good Indian rojak, this might help revive them,” he laments. So who going to take up these stalls and slave 14 hour days to sell cheap food. Wang offers, “ There will be people – those who want to set up their own café or restaurant but can’t afford the sky high rentals. So this is a great entry level start up for them. If they fail, their losses are minimal.” And of course, if their cheap makan rocks then everyone benefits. He also agrees that hygiene, safety and new updated training and skills for hawkers should be revised and continue to improve, adding “These folks today are a bit more educated – teach them newer tricks and practices, explain procedures properly, and they will agree, accept and implement, unlike in the past, when we get a ‘kong si mi?’ (Hokkien for “what are you talking” about) response.”

On the MEWR’s idea that they may work with private operators to get better business and operation models, Lester Luo, a die-hard foodie who trawls and explores the Makansutra website pages with the nickname highlander, says it straight “It’s long overdue(the new hawker centres) and if good eats can populate these places at a reasonable prices, I couldn’t care less who manages it.” Another hard core foodie and Makansutra web forumer Andrew Wong, under the tiantianchi nickname, says, “If it helps create jobs and is not exploited by pegged-to-market price operators and rentals, and helps maintain low prices, then its good.” Like most food industry folks we spoke to, he is also concerned if kitchen helpers are readily available for hire. He adds, “I will open a few stalls if they allow talented foreign worker cooks to work there.” After all, many of our iconic hawkers, whose families once hailed from foreign lands, were once considered “foreign talents” too.

So, what do you think? What are the factors we need to consider when it comes to the new hawker centres? More local food, more foreign workers’/talents’ food, special needs, special newer training program for new generation hawkers, private or government operators , better design and hygiene practices etc… if you are one of those who frequent and enjoy hawker centres, tell us what’s dear to you when building new hawker centres.

Help preserve a Singapore legacy and heritage.


Read more at http://www.makansutra.com/foodblog/?p=2475

Tell us what you think new hawker centres should be like. What are the food cultures you want to keep and which ones need an upgrade?

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Re: What should new hawker centres be like?

Postby makancamera » Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:53 pm

No need for aircon. Running costs of aircon premises are high and hawkers cannot afford high rentals.

Design must consider VENTILATION. Lim Laik Street new hawker centre is a failure because it fails at ventilation.

No need for escalators. High maintenance costs will be passed onto customers.

No need for fountains.

Don't overcram the seats and tables until you have to squeeze.

Either have plain seats without back rest (technically called a stool) or have full back rest. Don't build seats with 2/3 of the back rest chopped off, leaving only 1/3. They look horrid. These things may injure your back if you really lean backwards on them. The intention of a 1/3 back rest is not lost on customers. It shouts - "don't sit too long!" Customers are not stupid and all are offended.
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Re: What should new hawker centres be like?

Postby pauline » Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:53 am

1/ properly ventilated
2/ wide variety of food at reasonable prices.
3/ enough cleaning manpower to clear the dirty plates or an education programme to train the customers to clear their own plates after eating... as such, an area to "hold" these plates. can then minimise "birds, crows, cats" to the dirty tables.
4/ if possible, a better space for the hawkers to "cook" so that they have space to prepare their
food in a more hygienic way :P
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Re: What should new hawker centres be like?

Postby pauline » Wed Dec 07, 2011 2:15 pm

noticed that seetoh had wrote another article on this with the wish list... let's all try to list our own wish list - hey it is going to be uniquely ours you know :lol: so cannot play play. when the new hawker centres build and then we say this, that - not fair if we did not voice our wish list in the first place....

1/ ventilated, airy and not so "strong" in smell that sticks to my clothes
2/ price to be kept reasonably affordable and not like the food courts, especially the recent newly
opened good courts - can make you "gila" with the high prices
3/ the stall handlers - to manage and cook food "cleaner" especially those that do not care they may
look unhygienic to others.
4/ food range - can have "new" items due to new singaporeans but cannot "lose" our traditions

hahaha.... this is just some of my wish list... your turn.... :P
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Re: What should new hawker centres be like?

Postby mygraciouslife » Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:00 pm

makancamera wrote:No need for aircon. Running costs of aircon premises are high and hawkers cannot afford high rentals.

Design must consider VENTILATION. Lim Laik Street new hawker centre is a failure because it fails at ventilation.

No need for escalators. High maintenance costs will be passed onto customers.

No need for fountains.

Don't overcram the seats and tables until you have to squeeze.

Either have plain seats without back rest (technically called a stool) or have full back rest. Don't build seats with 2/3 of the back rest chopped off, leaving only 1/3. They look horrid. These things may injure your back if you really lean backwards on them. The intention of a 1/3 back rest is not lost on customers. It shouts - "don't sit too long!" Customers are not stupid and all are offended.


Agree with this. I wonder how long Makansutra Megamall will stay open since it is inside the mall with aircon and high overhead.
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Re: What should new hawker centres be like?

Postby liennguyen » Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:37 am

pauline wrote:noticed that seetoh had wrote another article on this with the wish list... let's all try to list our own wish list - hey it is going to be uniquely ours you know :lol: so cannot play play. when the new hawker centres build and then we say this, that - not fair if we did not voice our wish list in the first place....

1/ ventilated, airy and not so "strong" in smell that sticks to my clothes
2/ price to be kept reasonably affordable and not like the food courts, especially the recent newly
opened good courts - can make you "gila" with the high prices
3/ the stall handlers - to manage and cook food "cleaner" especially those that do not care they may
look unhygienic to others.
4/ food range - can have "new" items due to new singaporeans but cannot "lose" our traditions

hahaha.... this is just some of my wish list... your turn.... :P


Agree :D

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