UNESCO recognizes Singapore hawker food culture in its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Food-mad Singaporeans are celebrating - to have what is basically our street food culture being listed by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity. :joy:


There is every reason to celebrate cuisine as culture, because nourishment is essential to life. That said, however clumsily, in the ideal world, we’d prefer living to eat over the necessity of eating to live.


Well said, @BoneAppetite!

We are walking on air here in Singapore - there’s been so much hard work put in to get this. Much credit goes to KF Seetoh of Makansutra, who’s been pretty much a Singapore hawker food evangelist for the past 2 decades and more, and he’s the one who pushed Singapore towards gaining UNESCO’s recognition. KF Seetoh is always recognizable in his signature flat cap.


Congratulations to the excellent Singaporean food hawkers, and to the Singaporeans in general. I hope this recognition brings tangible benefits to people who need them.

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Indeed. It’ll also go a long way to persuade the younger generation to step up to the plate & take over from their elders.

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By straying too far, and too fast, from their traditional preparation techniques, new-age “hawkers” are putting Singapore’s the hard-earned recognition of its hawker culture by UNESCO at risk.
It’s always been a struggle for Singapore’s traditional hawkers, with a lot of challenges: from the high cost of doing business, to unsympathetic authorities with their slew of legislations and rules.

“Food is a pretty good prism through which to view humanity.”

― Jonathan Gold