Singapore Hawker Etiquette

Hi Globetrotters,

Singapore’s food scene was great, especially when I toured the Hawker Centres. Hundreds of stalls line up side-by-side. Each stall is unique, and years of knowledge passes from generation to generation. I had a hard time picking which stall I wanted to try.

I did some research that night, and I chose a few famous stalls (love Anthony Bourdain’s taste). However, the general guideline to choosing a stall is to look for a line. If the locals are willing to wait, then the food should be good.

When I got to the Hawker Centre, I stood around observing, because I didn’t understand the right or wrong way to eat at a Hawker Centre. Here is the 4-1-1:

  1. Choose a stall and stand in line.
  2. Tell the family member what you want.
  3. Pay in cash before or after you get your dish, depends on the stall.
  4. Grab your tray with the food and plastic silverware.
  5. Find an empty table, where no tissue packet are holding spots
  6. Take your food off of the tray.
  7. Leave the tray at the table and a Hawker employee will collect the tray.
  8. After finishing your meal, leave the dishes at the table.

You can either just eat one meal or repeat all the steps. 🙂 Hawker Centres are heaven for foodies. Read here for some of the Hawker Centres/ stalls I went to.

Also, I didn’t get a chance to eat the famous Hainanese Chicken, because on my last day, I found out the stall closed on Monday. Don’t miss out like I did. Address below:
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
Maxwell Food Centre
1 Kadayanallur St, #01 -10/11, Singapore 069120

If you try the Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, let me know what you thought? Does it live up to the hype?