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Google’s Street View mapping of hawker centre stalls could help visibility of halal food vendors , Digital, Singapore News

As Singaporeans, we’ve spent our whole lives looking for and committing to memory the best makan places to hit at hawker centres.  As the biggest search engine in the world, Google has and still is dedicating its entire existence to organising the world’s information. Our foodie culture and the company’s omnipotent technology will soon combine in a new project that seeks to chronicle the country’s beloved hawker centres and the vendors behind the food.  Beyond navigation, detailed and reliable mapping info is helpful. The technological guidance hits another level when a…

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Elderly man injured after chair gives way at newly upgraded Teck Ghee hawker centre, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A 70-year-old man who was having a meal at Teck Ghee Square hawker centre on Sunday night (June 2) suffered injuries to his head after the chair he was seated on came apart, causing him to fall. Photos of the incident have been circulating on Facebook and online discussion forum Reddit since late on Sunday night. Spots of blood can be seen next to the man, who is sitting on the ground next to the seat of a chair that appears to have fallen apart from its base.…

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Penang official suggests Malaysia make Unesco bid without Singapore whose hawker culture is not ‘so authentic’, Singapore News

GEORGE TOWN – A Penang official who called on Malaysia to rope in Singapore to seek Unesco recognition for hawker culture is now suggesting that his country make the bid alone. Penang’s Tourism Development and Heritage Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin told reporters on Thursday (May 9) that Singapore hawker fare is not “so authentic” as every hawker stall is under the government’s control, Malay Mail reported. “From my perspective, we should submit a nomination for Malaysia’s hawker culture to include other states such as Ipoh, Melaka and Kuala Lumpur,…

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Singapore submits nomination to inscribe hawker culture on Unesco list, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The Republic’s nomination to inscribe hawker culture in Singapore on the Unesco Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity was submitted on Wednesday (March 27). The nomination includes letters, photographs and videos demonstrating community support for the bid. The photographs feature an Indian Muslim hawker preparing briyani, a Chinese hawker demonstrating a chicken rice recipe, and a father and his children enjoying the chendol dessert, among other snapshots. A 10-minute video was also produced to give a 12-member Unesco evaluation body – comprising six experts qualified…

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Millennial reveals reasons he chose to be a hawker, Singapore News

The one thing that stands out the most about Thomas Koh (other than the fact that he could pass off as a Japanese idol) is that he’s really funny. “Sometimes, when aunties or uncles want an extra serving of meat for free, they’ll say something like, ‘Ah boy ah, just give me a bit more. Nevermind, one.’ What do you mean ‘nevermind, one?!’” he exclaims. “But I will give, lah.” The heir to Koh Brother Pig’s Organ Soup at Tiong Bahru Market previously had a career in graphic design and…

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Overheating wok leads to fire at Telok Blangah hawker centre, 12 stalls affected, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A fire broke out at a hawker centre in Telok Blangah on Monday morning (Feb 11). At least 12 stalls were affected after the gas supply was cut as a result, Chinese paper Shin Min Daily News reported. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that it responded to the fire at 11 Telok Blangah Crescent at 9.08am. The fire involved a wok in a hawker stall, the SCDF said. No injuries were reported. The first firefighter who arrived at the scene observed flames coming from a partially…

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Chinatown Complex Food Centre hawker centre guide: 12 stalls to try before they close for renovation in March 2019, Singapore News

Compared to hawker centres like Maxwell and Newton Circus, Chinatown Complex Food Centre isn’t as popular a tourist attraction … until Liao Fan Hawker Chan received a Michelin star. When we heard that this humble hub was going to undergo renovation from 1 March to 31 May this year, we had to visit, partially in fear that some of the beloved old hawkers will choose to retire instead of coming back. Here’s our list of 12 stalls you should try when you visit: JIA JI MEI SHI (#02-166) Photo: City…

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Man taken to hospital for burns after power bank explodes in his pocket at Bedok hawker centre, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A man was taken to hospital on Friday evening (Jan 11) after suffering burns from a power bank, which had exploded in his pocket. The middle-aged man at Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre burnt his palm when he reached into his pocket to remove the device, reported Chinese-language daily Lianhe Wanbao. The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it responded to a call at about 6.40pm at Block 209 New Upper Changi Road. The man, who is in his 40s, was taken to Changi General Hospital. Ms Wendy Hong, 60,…

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Parliament: 3 areas MEWR wants to improve for new hawker centres, Singapore, Food News

SINGAPORE – Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources Dr Amy Khor outlined on Monday (Nov 19) three areas her ministry would focus on in the coming months to improve the Socially-Conscious Enterprise Hawker Centre (SEHC) model implemented at seven new hawker centres. These are: give better support to the stallholders to manage costs, have greater oversight by regulator the National Environment Agency (NEA) to safeguard hawkers’ well-being, and have structured channels set up by the SEHC operators for hawkers to give feedback. Dr Khor also said…

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Singapore owns hawker culture because of better marketing, says article, Singapore News

PETALING JAYA – As the “food fight” between Singapore and Malaysia continues to simmer, an article in a Singaporean website is asserting that hawker culture belongs to Singapore because “they have more money than Malaysia”. The opinion piece, which was published on news portal ricemedia.co, acknowledged that Malaysian food was cheaper and better, but it said nobody cared about this. “Malaysians may be better at cooking, but Singaporeans are infinitely better at selling/marketing ourselves as better cooks – simply because we have the resources to do so. “Our flavours may…

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