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A Nation’s Dining Room

Once upon a time, Singapore’s hawkers peddled their foods on the streets. But in the 1950s, the government began to shepherd them into hawker centres; congregations of food stalls where food hygiene, stall rental, and business could be better managed. Since then, the hawker centre has been a great success, churning out food so cheap and delicious that eating out is more common than home cooking for many Singaporeans. Many have fond memories of their favourite hawker food and families create nostalgic memories in the hawker centre. In this episode, Raudhah reflects on how food is connected to her notion of home and national identity, and explores the recent developments of hawker culture in Singapore.


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– Morley, D. (2000). Home Territories: Media, Mobility and Identity. London; New York:

– Raffaella, N. C. (2018, January 26). ‘Hipster’ hawker centre opens in Pasir Ris. Retrieved from

– Sek, V. (2018, July 27). Inspired After A Trip To Japan, These 3 Millennials Started Selling Japanese-Fusion Food At A Hawker Centre. Retrieved from

– Siau, M. E. (2018, August 19). Singapore eyes a spot for its hawker culture on UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list. TODAY Online. Retrieved from

– Singapore Day in Melbourne, 2017 video [Link]


Professor Pow Choon Piew’s Profile [Link]


Additional links about Hawker Centers

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