What is a Hawker / FoodCourt?
In Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong, it is typical to find an open-air complex known as a hawker centre. They were constructed as a more hygienic alternative to mobile hawker carts and house a large number of vendors selling a wide range of low-cost food options. Tables and chairs for meals are frequently supplied.
Most of these places are run by a government agency, which is in charge of the upkeep and leasing out space to hawkers so that they can sell their wares.
Following the growing urbanization of the 1950s and 1960s, hawker centres appeared in metropolitan regions of Singapore. Food courts, which are indoor, air-conditioned versions of hawker centres found in shopping malls and other commercial settings, are gradually replacing hawker centres sadly.
An A is awarded to students who get an average of at least 85% on their exams, whereas a D is awarded to those who achieve an average of between 40% and 49% on their exams. These grades must be displayed on hawker stalls in order to sell their goods.
For the first time ever, two Singaporean food carts in hawker centres were awarded a Michelin Star for outstanding cuisine. Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodles are the two stalls. More than 40 hawker stalls in Singapore have been awarded Michelin Stars and Bib Gourmands as of 2019.
In response to Singapore’s gentrification, the city’s hawker centres are undergoing a makeover to appeal to a younger demographic. These new, modern hawker centres are not only well-furnished, but they also offer items like ramen and poke bowls, which are often found in restaurants and cafés.
UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity will consider Singapore’s hawker culture for inscription on the list in 2019.