Singapore hawkers making their mark on history

Hawker-entrepreneur Jason Chua Mr Ong Ah Chai, 77, and his wife Madam Lee Bay Lee, 73, at his former food stall, Yuan Chun Famous Lor Mee stall in Amoy Street Food Centre. (From left) Siblings Norazman Yunos, 53, Normah Yunos, 62, Ezzat Yunos, 55, an
(From left) Siblings Norazman Yunos, 53, Normah Yunos, 62, Ezzat Yunos, 55, and Mr Ezzat's son, Mr Afiq Rezza, with the siblings' mother Madam Ramlah Hasbollah (seated), 81. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
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The hawker trade in Singapore has a grand vintage, with street vendors plying their wares since the 1800s.

In the 1960s, by registering and legalising hawkers, the authorities brought under control the freewheeling street-food sector, which posed public health challenges such as a lack of hygiene standards.

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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 Singapore hawkers making their mark on history. Subscribe