All this has led to the creation of Hawker Centers, real malls dedicated to food. But mind you, contrary to what might be assumed, Hawker Centers stand for a safe, clean and open kitchen where customers can observe exactly how food is prepared and served. This is where even the Michelin Guide has identified stalls to be awarded the coveted star.
Here, however, you don't just eat, and defining these centers as large culinary markets is restrictive and does not capture their true soul. That's because, on these tables, often occupied by seniors leafing through the local newspaper, the culture of Singapore is shaped, which is that of family, community and, of course, the ability to entice those passing through with a symphony of aromas and colors that resonate with history.