It often takes an unfortunate situation like our current fight to contain the spread of Covid-19 to make us more appreciative of the simple pleasures—whether it’s bubble tea or the hawker classics we’ve come to love so much. Thankfully, though, these hawker stalls remain open for business, and operators are whipping up their signatures with gusto, just for you to take home or have them delivered.
In light of the recent issues raised about the controversially high cost of utilising food delivery platforms for restaurants and hawkers alike, initiatives such as the recently launched www.sgdabao.com help consumers search for hawker stalls that make their own delivery arrangements. You can even narrow your search to those closest to you, and that could, in some cases, lower the charge consumers will have to bear. The site currently lists almost 300 businesses, detailing their speciality and informing how one can order directly from the hawkers.
In fact, second-generation hawker Melvin Chew of Jin Ji Teochew Braised Duck & Kway Chap not only recognised the urgent need to rally the support of the online community but also decided to act just as quickly. He set up Hawkers United–Dabao 2020, a community initiative on Facebook, on April 3. Here, hawkers can share with the community, which includes a group of 243,796 members (as of April 24), their promotions and delivery deals. The service is free of charge and each member can post up to two times a day to target potential lunch and dinner customers.
The variety of food to choose from is expectedly diverse. So, to help you get a head start, here’s our list of veritable must-have hawker dishes—favourites of Tatler Dining Singapore’s top chefs—that you can either have to go or delivered.
1. Old Tiong Bahru Bak Kut Teh
This is a long-time go-to place for Beppe de Vito, chef-restaurateur of Il Lido Group, whenever he’s in the mood for this comforting heritage dish, which he also likes to have with Waku Ghin’s Tetsuya Wakuda when he’s in town. Besides serving up a winning version of bak kut teh Teochews prefer, alongside the usual accompaniments, braised dishes like the braised pork trotter, and steamed fish of the day are just as delightful. Set menus for takeaway or delivery are now available by calling in. Visit its Facebook page for details.
Old Tiong Bahru Bak Kut Teh | 58 Seng Poh Road, S(160058) | 6223 3075, 8115 4646