I’ve found a Westerner who loves hawker centres as much as I do. Every week during Malay class, I stared at him, bewitched by his goofy amusement, wishing I could take him home with me. Unfortunately, that might get me caned…for stealing a poster. So, I had to be content with this picture of what is clearly the best ad the Singapore Tourism Board has ever created.
There’s also writing at the bottom that reads, “It’s easy to see why diet books never make it to the top of the Singapore best-seller list.” The poster is set in Lau Pa Sat, a historic building in Singapore that was constructed around 1894. It’s different from the hawker centres I study in that it’s privately-run and not government-regulated, but that’s a topic for another post.