Let’s be honest—if a piece of chicken dropped on the floor and more than five seconds have passed, would you still eat it?
Hygiene is one thing, but nothing can be balanced against a good bite.
Recently, a hawker found himself in the limelight after he was spotted hanging food under a signboard. But wait, there’s a twist.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Singaporeans Complain about Beauty World Hawker’s Lack of Hygiene in Handling Food
When you enter the Beauty World Food Centre, a few things will catch your eye: the classic Singaporean queues, the excellent food, and the all-around pigeons.
One other thing, however, managed to steal the show—four humble and inconspicuous kebabs hanging under a signboard.
Ah, the perfect Stomp photo. It’s almost too predictable that it would have drawn the Singaporean eye, and it did.
Several diners shared that while tucking into their food at the open-air food centre at Beauty World Centre, they noticed a stall selling North-Indian cuisine that hung kebabs on a signboard.
The problem diners had with this? The signboard appeared filthy, almost as if it hadn’t been cleaned for years. There were also loads of dust accumulated on the signboard.
We know for sure it isn’t a Tiger Mum running this store, or we wouldn’t have such a problem.
Upon seeing the kebabs, which were to be sold to customers, hanging from such a filthy signboard, many diners raised concerns regarding the stall’s food safety and hygiene.
But there’s a twist.
The signboard doesn’t even belong to the stall in question. It belongs to the store beside it, and not without good reason.
Hawker Hangs Kebabs on Signboard to Cool Kebabs Down; Notes Insufficient Stall Space
The 47-year-old owner of the kebab stall shared that after grilling the kebabs in his stall, they had to be hung someplace for them to cool down, or else they would be too hot.
However, due to the limited stall space that he had, the 47-year-old was left with no option but to hang the kebabs on the neighbouring stall’s signboard to cool the steaming hot meat skewers down.
With Singapore’s recent winter temperatures, we doubt he’ll need to do that anymore.
The kebab stall has been in business for more than five years, and the kebabs are usually hung like this only on weekends when order volumes are high.
If you’re a hygiene freak but still want to get your hands on the kebabs, we’re guessing the trick here is to go there on a weekday when order volumes are lower.
You can thank us later.
Harsher Penalties for Unhygienic Food Establishments
In recent years, Singapore has significantly improved its food regulation through various methods, one of which is to make penalties harsher.
Food establishments involved in food poisoning incidents or found not to meet hygiene standards could be fined up to $10K for the first offence. Repeat offenders can be fined up to $20K, three months’ jail, or both.
Since the diners’ complaints, it appears that the signboard has been cleaned up by employees of the kebab stall.
I guess for now, we can rest assured knowing that the kebab stall will continue its five-year legacy.
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