Foodie: MY vs SG

Comparison Context
  • Street food costing below 10 (local) bucks
  • Excludes restaurants and mall food courts
  • Actual comparison (despite the post title): KL vs SG
  • Anecdotal, not expert opinion
  • Verdict: Cake goes to SG

Reasons
  • In SG, street food vending (usually running a stall at a government operated hawker centre and less so as a stall holder in a private eatery) is vocational, artisanal and aspirational. Competition for stalls and customers are stiff and the lease and expenses are not trivial but once a operator gets a stall, he or she gets a venue to build a clientele, brand and business. Consequently, stall holders take the business seriously and offer the best food they can.
  • In MY, most hawker stalls are located at and rented out by private eateries. These eateries come and go, and provide low barriers to entry for anyone willing to pay the daily rental. This attracts less serious vendors who mainly sell using standard formulas and mass produced ingredients, making offerings somewhat uniform and undistinguished. There are old-timers who sell top notch food but these are relatively rare. Skilled vendors with capital usually try to open their own outlet and not operate from a hawker stall.

WeFood Future
Speaking of food, natural ingredients supplier Bösch Boden Spies will be hosting WeFood Future 3.0 this Wed (Apr 28, 2021) online with topics like:
  • Fortified and Naturally Healthy Food - Cuure
  • Classic Brands and Start-Ups in Times of Crisis - Air Up
  • Eco Footprint of the Food Industry - Too Good To Go
  • Big Data for the Food Industry - Lykon
  • Pimp Your Snacks with Special Dips & Sauces - Bösch Boden Spies