Keeping the buzz in community dining halls

Higher prices for hawker food can be hard to swallow, but it may be one of the things that keep the hawker culture alive

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When Nick Young and Rachel Chu arrive in Singapore, in the movie Crazy Rich Asians, what do they do first?

They go from a First Class airplane suite on the fictional Pacific Asean Airlines to a hawker centre. Actor Henry Golding, who plays Nick, shows off his code-switching skills by ordering food in different languages from different stalls. They eat, they laugh, they are giddy with joy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 02, 2018, with the headline Keeping the buzz in community dining halls. Subscribe