Does it pay to have 24-hour hawker centres?

2.50amHawker centre workers resting in the quiet night. There are now 16 stalls open 24 hours a day out of 42, down from 36 in 2016. 2am Hawker Alex Hoong serving junior college student Tan Yun Wee a bowl of Korean ramen noodles. Mr Hoong's Korean fo
2.50am Hawker centre workers resting in the quiet night. There are now 16 stalls open 24 hours a day out of 42, down from 36 in 2016.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA
2.50amHawker centre workers resting in the quiet night. There are now 16 stalls open 24 hours a day out of 42, down from 36 in 2016. 2am Hawker Alex Hoong serving junior college student Tan Yun Wee a bowl of Korean ramen noodles. Mr Hoong's Korean fo
1.30am A few customers having supper at Hawker Centre @ Our Tampines Hub, which operates 24 hours a day. It is one of seven hawker centres run under the not-for-profit model which has recently come under scrutiny.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA
2.50amHawker centre workers resting in the quiet night. There are now 16 stalls open 24 hours a day out of 42, down from 36 in 2016. 2am Hawker Alex Hoong serving junior college student Tan Yun Wee a bowl of Korean ramen noodles. Mr Hoong's Korean fo
2am Hawker Alex Hoong serving junior college student Tan Yun Wee a bowl of Korean ramen noodles. Mr Hoong's Korean food stall is open for 24 hours a day, and he says that he gets very few customers from midnight to 6am. ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA

Our Tampines Hub hawkers keep stalls open though place is near deserted after midnight

It is 3am at Hawker Centre @ Our Tampines Hub.

About 20 of the 42 stalls at this 24-hour centre are open, serving assorted dishes including economy bee hoon, roast meat, chicken rice and satay.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 21, 2018, with the headline 'Does it pay to have 24-hour hawker centres?'. Print Edition | Subscribe