In 1998, when you think of hawkers, you’ll associate them with old, grumpy uncles in white T-shirt and black Bermuda shorts, taking your order impatiently and passing you your change that’s stained with oil.
Thirty years later, it’s a different story altogether.
Hawker centres nowadays aren’t just run by stalls with uncles or aunties: the mix include young people, also known as hawkerpreneurs. These youngsters usually give up a comfortable job and sweat it out just to preserve the hawker culture, and to ensure that we the consumers would still have affordable hawker fares.
And hawker centres are getting more creative. Just take a look at Yishun Park Hawker: not only do they have pinball machines and arcade games, they even have an app for patrons to order before making their way to the hawker. In addition, they had a website that lists down some of the stalls and the food they offer.
Powderful, isn’t it?
Management even tried to solve problems
In the past, hawkers would just say “alamak bo bian lah no people” when business was bad.
But not for hip hawker Yishun Park Hawker Centre: seeing the drop in the number of patrons, they apparently looked to solve the problem by providing free lunchtime parking and planned to build sheltered walkways.
But on 23 June 2018, they’re upping the game by doing something that is unconventional for a hawker centre.
They’re having an event.
Yeah, an event for the entire hawker centre.
(No, not an event whereby an MP visits the hawker lah)
The $1 Carnival in Yishun Park Hawker Centre
One thing that hipsters love is carnivals: decorate a place with IG-worthy background, provide good food and call it a carnival, Instagram would explode with hashtags of the event.
It doesn’t even matter where it is. What happens is a carnival always work (coz, you know, influencers need places to create their “contents”).
In collaboration with 26 of its stall holders, Yishun Park Hawker Centre will be organizing a $1 carnival on 23 June 2018. The carnival, which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., will showcase food offerings from its veteran and young hawkers. Visitors would get to savour generous sampling portions of signatures dishes from the participating stalls at just $1 each.
Oh. Generous. Sampling. Portions. Signature.
Signature hawker dishes such as thosai, prawn noodles, prata with curry, as well as local dessert more will be featured at the carnival. For comforting hawker fares that stood through times, there’s the JJ Prawn Noodle’s rich and complex broth, handmade bouncy fishballs by Fishball Story and the silky smooth chicken porridge from Li Fang Congee.
Other must-haves at the carnival include the umami lala white bee hoon from XLX Modern Tze Char, a satisfying plate of prawn omelette rice from Seafood Pirates and a healthy yet flavourful set of Midas Signature consisting of baked prata, curry and roasted chicken by Midas Every Touch is Gold.
What’s a carnival without games? Activities such as carnival game stations, flea market,colouring contest and instant photobooth will keep everyone entertained.
There’s even free bus services
Free shuttle bus services will also be available from 10.45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with pick-ups and drop-offs at Sembawang, Yishun and Khatib MRT stations. Not bad, eh?
Make Yishun Great Again
It doesn’t matter what you think of Yishun: this event would light up Yishun. We’ve got hawkers, we’ve got a carnival and we’ve got Yishun.
Here’s a summary of the event:
Event: $1 Carnival – Reunion Fun @YPHC
Date: 23 June 2018, Saturday
Time: 11am to 5pm
Venue: Yishun Park Hawker Centre, 51 Yishun Avenue 11, Singapore 768867
For more information, tap here.
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