[Contributed by Goh] I’m deeply troubled by the current state of our hawker culture. It’s disheartening to see people complaining about the prices of hawker food, when these dishes are some of the most affordable and delicious options around.
In particular, there’s been a lot of chatter about the cost of mixed veg rice – some folks seem to think that $7 is too steep for a plate. But let’s take a moment to consider the realities of running a hawker stall. There are overheads to consider, from rent to ingredients to manpower. And yet, despite all these costs, our hawkers are still able to offer up some truly amazing food at very reasonable prices.
Moreover, these are the same people who are willing to pay $30 for a meal at a restaurant.
Beyond the economics of it all, it’s worth remembering that hawker culture is an integral part of our Singaporean identity.
These dishes have been passed down through generations, each hawker putting their own spin on things to create a unique and flavorful product. By supporting our hawkers, we’re not just filling our bellies – we’re also preserving our cultural heritage and ensuring that these dishes are passed down to future generations.
But let’s not forget the sheer joy of eating at a hawker center. There’s something magical about the atmosphere – the hustle and bustle of the crowds, the sizzling woks, the aromatic smells of cooking food. In a city where so much feels sterile and sanitized, hawker centers offer a glimpse into the authentic heart of Singaporean culture.
So let’s show our hawkers some love and respect. Instead of complaining about prices, let’s celebrate the hard work and dedication that goes into each dish. Let’s prioritize hawker food over fancy restaurants, and keep these small businesses alive and thriving. As a community, we can ensure that hawker culture remains a vibrant and integral part of Singaporean life.