Research suggests that itinerant street hawkers have been around since the 1800s, though there is no definitive record of when street hawking started in Singapore.
The Hawkers Inquiry Commission was set up by Governor F. Gimson to look into the problems relating to street hawking, including economic and health issues. The inaugural public meeting was held on April 20, 1950, at the Victoria Memorial Hall, now known as Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 02, 2018, with the headline How Singapore's street food scene evolved. Subscribe