Come Tuesday, you will not be able to dine in at all food and beverage venues including restaurants, bars, food courts, and hawker centres. All food sold has to be taken away – a well-intentioned move by the government in response to the spike in locally transmitted Covid-19 cases, but one that will inevitably impact the businesses of many of these establishments.
A Facebook group, in particular, is concerned about our hawkers during this period, especially those without the support of big delivery platforms like Deliveroo. It hopes to help these people who do not have the marketing capabilities to reach out to the public, says the group in a post. Named ‘Hawkers United – Dabao 2020’, it hopes to raise awareness for “job opportunities for displaced friends and lobangs (deals) for delivery consolidation”. To date, over 75,000 people have joined the group.
Looking to help #savefnbsg? Try ordering your meals through some of these hawkers, which includes:
The hawker stall, which earned a spot on the Micheline Bib Gourmand list back in 2016, is best known for its bouncy, handmade fishballs. During this period, it will be selling its signature fishball noodles ($4.70), fishball soup ($4.70), and pre-packed fishballs ($10 for 25 pieces). There is no minimum order, and all delivery fees will go directly to the drivers and riders whose jobs have been affected by the situation.
Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake
While it isn’t on any delivery platform, Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake will still be frying up its crispy treats over at Maxwell Food Centre. Besides, the well-stuffed cake with plump oysters is best enjoyed warm and straight from the fryer. Snag a few for takeaway if you’re in the area.
Besides offering its Teochew braised duck rice and kway chap for delivery (available on Grab, FoodPanda, Deliveroo, WhyQ, and Oddle), the stall’s owner Melvin Chew (who happens to be an administrator of the Facebook group) will also purchase other food and drinks for you from Chinatown Food Centre if you’re choosing to pick-up your order.
Yue Lai Xiang Delights
Handmade noodles come stained in different colours at this ban mian stall. But the dough gets its colour naturally – beetroot helps stain the noodles pink, pumpkin is worked into the orange dough, and butterfly pea is used to make it blue. Try this vibrant variant by pre-ordering before swinging by to collect.
The Fengshan Food Centre might be close for renovations, but you can still get plates of the stall’s famed carrot cake at its 21 Old Airport Road outlet, as well as Grab Food if you live within 3km of the stall’s radius.
Kueh Ho Jiak
The usual kueh is made using sweet potatoes of different colours at Kueh Ho Jiak. More than its unique treats, the hawker is also delivering its Qing Ming Blessed Ancestral Vegetarian Meal Set ($63) during the traditional Qing Ming festival. Head over to its website for the full menu.
Browse the Facebook group here, or better yet, post about your favourite neighbourhood hawker and share it with everyone.
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