Will Singapore‘s Street Food Hawkers Disappear?



Singapore is famous for its Food Hawker Centers. Let me take you on a little street food tour and tell you where they came from and how they shaped Singapore. A true taste of history, and hopefully a video that will make you appreciate the food around you.

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  • Support your local food scene! <3
    #LeftoversChallenge is a great way to do so 💪🍔🍜

    Don't forget guys:
    We need to protecc
    So they can make us snacc

    Who's been to Singapore before and what was your favorite hawker food?

    My Name Is Andong April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Hawkers food is our life Andong. I'm glad you did enjoy it.

    Peter Puan April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Super Video. Coole Formatidee, gerne mehr von sowas. Du machst ja echt Fortschritt aber bei der Videoqualität verdienst du locker 1-2M Subs. Viel Glück weiterhin !

    Hellebarn April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • You did a good job in explaining Singapore Hawker and it’s importance to Singapore culture.

    Tin Tin Dee April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Thank you for installing the urgency in me to go to Singapore. I did not realize that the every chef is 59 in a hawker store

    Terry Hsiao April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Really like your video but as an individual who used to work around lau pa sat, the food there is really not so nice, especially a lot of them are run by some random guy hired by the boss who rent the stall. Real authentic food are hidden in the Hawker centers whose rent is lower.

    Bert Tsai April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Hello from Singapore! Thanks for the amazing video highlighting a much loved but neglected part of society here. I'll definitely be ordering more delivery from my favorite hawkers to support them during this lockdown!

    ratsock April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Oh dear……..yong tau fu …….one of my absolute favorites…..don’t even want to start on the other gorgeous delicious simple hawker dishes….. brings back the most wonderful memories…..I lived in Singapore for several years till 25 years ago and STILL dream about the food…….Andong, I really like how you give a real picture of all the hard work involved, I used to sit and observe the cooks doing their stuff with this incredible speed and focus and be amazed…..

    adrienne marie snijders April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Man, you're doing a very good job, deserves much more recognizement!
    Cheers from Brazil!

    Pedro Varjão April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • In the past, the government kept rental Low for the Hawkers, and this was kept Low for them up till today unless the Hawkers cut the lease themselves. That’s why you could see first or second gen Hawkers getting rich and making it a viable career option. However new gen Hawkers face a bigger problem of rental spikes and logistical/manpower challenges which are natural barriers to entry into this industry. It doesn’t help societal expectations of hawker food being cheap and affordable still persists. I mean in the past they could offer cheap food with Low rent, but now with increasing costs, people still expect $3 for a plate of food every hawker centre they go to. That’s probably why good hawker food is not going to last another one to two generations.

    zonghan lim April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Hope and pray the hawkers survive and flourish after this pandemic!

    Vb April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • What?!? Not fans of oyster? You're cancelled.

    canuck21 April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Boy, come to Malaysia and try our stuff.

    Still miss the Laksa Lemak and Chili Crabs in Singapore.

    Ciplak April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Thanks for doing this! Love from singapore

    Metal 3 Rings April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • While I understand your honest intention is to support local food restaurant/ stall / entrepreneurs,…(it's a good way to revive the local economy)…. Sorry to say, Singapore imported many of Malaysia's foods & claim its "theirs are the best"…most of their raw materials, foods, workers, chefs, are originally from Malaysia & a Malaysian…..even the source of fresh water is from Malaysia. Try visit Malaysia & go for a food hunt and you'll understand it.

    Roger-Shane Ee April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • I love this snack series! Great job on the video!

    IceArdor April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Unless you can guarantee in writing that they follow at minimum the USA standards (but more than that would be better) for cleanliness and safety, I'm not risking it. This goes for any country that isn't the USA.

    justin fwibber April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • To be honest I don't know if there's a small community of hawker centre in Malaysia

    Snifey April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • love this mans enthusiasm!!

    Gerald Methven April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • In US, a similar problem is arising. The lovely chinese immigrants who came to US without speaking English and started ma & ba restaurants are starting to age out of the business. They were successful, and their children are native English speakers who can pursue any career.
    On one hand, I'm proud of their success, and yet at the same time, I am sad to see the decline in Chinese restaurants.

    I'm really proud of one of my best friends, who decided to make a Sino-Vietnamese restaurant, reflecting his heritage. Whether working as a cashier, selling pho, or as a server, bringing delicious pork belly to customers, I am proud to be a part of the continuation of their family recipes and the traditional food being shown love befitting it. It's the only pho my friends from Vietnam will eat when in US😂. We are finally reopening Tuesday after having to close for the pandemic.

    Let's all become evangelists of the amazing people who have mastered the art at expense of themselves and of the food that is a piece of cultural art in a dish.

    Levi Fowler April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Still remember my 3 day holiday in singapore after visiting new zealand for a month and it took my breath away. What a beautiful city with so many great sights; Marina bay sands, gardens by the bay (can recommend the light show at night), botanic gardens, singapore flyer, orchard road, chinatown, little india and many more. AND of course the foodmarkets everywhere, never failed to amaze me, so cheap and also delicious. Thank you for bringing back these memories in these hard times. Cant wait to go back there someday.

    Flectrix April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • I’m one of your patreons supporter: does it make you m’y sourdough starter? 🤔😁
    You sure know how to raise my spirit (pun intended)

    Morgane Gautier April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Taiwan's night market culture has been under attack for some time now. The value of land has increased, competition from shopping centers, crane-game arcades popping up, and foreign investment has caused land value has gone up thus raising rents. It will happen in S'pore as well. It will eventually be a niche, cheeky touristy thing. Love it, hate it reality bites. Asians aren't having babies, either. Korea, Taiwan, Japan, S'pore even China just aren't having offspring to "carry the mantle" anymore.

    James B April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Would love to have enough money to visit Singapore once, or even to order food in.. but instead im making my own sprouts and enjoy cooking with whatever i have :D. Thanks for the inspirations on your channel, Andong 🙂 !

    Barbara Speck April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Not to be horny on main but that friend of yours is mad attractive

    anna April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • So… what's your favourite place that you are about to go to?

    avg88883 April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • LOL satay还是马来的好吃

    Master Jin April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Jackfruit is one of the worst things, i've ever smelled xD

    Psst I'm Batman April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Warum redest du englisch ?

    Gabriel Belfort Belfort Boss April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Was supposed to begin an 8 week trip starting in Singapore next Saturday 🙁

    Peter Kontogeorgis April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Good point. Point taken.

    QDSGames April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • …and then there are German/Austrian food centers with many stalls inside malls and they are always disappointing 😂

    Hirami April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Andong makes it possible for me to watch content about Covid-19 and still get a good feeling out of it. 10/10 smile. Grüße ausm Wedding.

    Enno Eidens April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Excellent video. Great gastronomic, historic, cultural, sociological and even philosophical message!

    perelandia April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Do you think it's even possible to eat Vegan in Hawkers Centers?

    Sébastien Kardinal April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • This video causes me heartache! How long before we’re allowed to travel again? I want Australia and Singapore to become COVID buddies. At least in Sydney we do actually have most of the food you can find in Singapore, but now that we can’t sit and share that’s much less fun.

    Cyberia398 April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Great episode, timely! Thank you! glad you got the facts… there is an interesting fact to share… along Orchard Road.. an opened air car park by day turns magically into an open air food center by night… its now the Central Mall.

    aries0028 April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Wow 😱

    Love the couple April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Hawkers are essential man, the world will not let them disappear nor will they ever disappear. Nobody ever willingly gives up their livelihood

    Communism With Giggles April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • great video, I really hope singapore hawker survive.

    woolfel April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Great video, but very disappointed that you hardly showed any Malay or Indian hawker food – we’re minorities, but our Malay and Indian food staples show off the unique fabric of Singapore as a nation. We’re a diverse country, so I was surprised that you didn’t show food from other cultures.

    Also Lau Pa Sat’s food sucks.

    monchatsplash April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Everything in the universe started as a British colony.

    Sor Alb April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Your videos are so wonderful and carefully orchestrated. Brings me back to my days of visiting Singapore.

    Srihari Gopal April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Andong, do you have any tips for the Moabit/Wedding foodscene? Would love to see your perspective on our neighborhood 😉

    bobbyaanland April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply
  • Love the message and integrity of it. Support local food, local businesses, and art&music in general. There's people creating for people. Like you! Love your content! Regards!

    SAS April 28, 2020 1:23 pm Reply

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