This weekend, get ready for the inaugural edition of Hawker Culture by Maybank – the first of a series of regional culinary events showcasing some of the most popular legacy hawker institutions in Singapore, Malaysia and other ASEAN member nations!
From 5th to 6th October, the Flower Field Hall in Gardens by the Bay will welcome visitors with the chance to enjoy specially-curated signature dishes from Singapore and Malaysia. The Lion City’s Michelin-starred Hawker Chan (soya sauce chicken), internationally renowned Haig Road Putu Piring (as seen on Netflix’s Street Food) and cult favourite Fu Zhou Poh Hua Oyster Cake (oyster cakes, a fast disappearing traditional delight) among others will share the limelight with hawkers from across Malaysia. These include Kwong Wah Cendol (third-generation hawkers famous for their secret blend of gula melaka) and Robert’s Char Kway Teow (closer to Penang-style, fried by Uncle Robert himself and not to be missed) — both from Petaling Jaya — as well as Samy & Min Bak Kut Teh (a herbal version developed over more than 25 years) from Kuala Lumpur. On the old-school drinks stall list, the bandung ais krim soda (an eye-catching creation popular in Malaysia) stands out.
“Hawker food is a big part of the daily lives of people living across ASEAN,” says Mr Alvin Lee, Maybank’s Head of Group Wealth Management and Community Financial Services Singapore. “And it’s invariably enjoyed at a communal dining table where people from all walks of life may gather to share a meal of comfort food. We wanted to use the food closest to our hearts to bring our community together. Our intention is to help preserve our shared legacy.
“To launch Hawker Culture, we’ve chosen to focus on popular heritage hawkers in Singapore and Malaysia because of Maybank’s deep roots in these two countries,” he adds. “The hawkers we’re working with have been in business for decades. Many of the businesses have been passed from one generation to the next. We want to highlight their resilience and resourcefulness, even if what we’ve developed is essentially a reason to have fun with family and friends over great food.”
Hawker Culture by Maybank runs from 5th to 6th October 2019 at Gardens by the Bay. Tickets available here