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Five takeaways from debate over hawker-centre models

Jurong West Hawker Centre, which is run by Hawker Management by Koufu, is one of seven hawker centres here that are currently managed by private social enterprises and cooperatives.PHOTO: ST FILE

I remember fondly the hawker centre near where I grew up. We lived in a Housing Board flat in Jurong East, and there was a hawker joint just 100m from our void deck.

I would go to this brightly lit place with my parents some evenings. There was the chicken rice place with the awesome sauce, the Western stall with honeyed barbecued chicken wings, and a zi char uncle in the corner with the big pink menus filled with pictures of dishes he cooked in a giant wok.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 29, 2018, with the headline 'Five takeaways from debate over hawker-centre models'. Subscribe