Thank you all for nominating and voting your favourite hawkers in this year’s DBS PayLah! Hidden Gem Hawker Awards.

Your overwhelming support has been testament to how food is power in Singapore because of our hawkers, so don’t forget to support them with the ultimate everyday app this National Day!


Meet DBS PayLah! Hidden Gem Hawker Awards 2022 Winners

Ah Gong Teochew Noodle — Central Region — Whampoa Makan Place #01-69

When COVID struck, Mr Png switched from limousine business owner to founder of Ah Gong Teochew Noodles with his friend’s father’s recipe. He plans to open more stalls all around Singapore in the future. In the meantime, Mr Png wants to celebrate his win by providing free meals to senior citizens in need.

Botak Cantonese Porridge — East Region — Our Tampines Hub #01-65

Faced with unemployment, Mr and Mrs Ngoh decided to start Botak Cantonese Porridge. Their passion to cook keeps them going throughout the day, driven by their motto: “Always serve good food to customers”. Humbled by their recent victory, the couple wants to give back by donating to charity.

One Mouth Noodle — North Region — Yishun Park Hawker Centre #01-12

One Mouth Noodle is helmed by the Yeow brothers who have mastered culinary techniques from their father. They’re also motivated to serve customers the best wanton mee, seasoned with a complimentary witty joke. Though they emerged victorious, the brothers hope that Singaporeans will continue to support all hawkers  — regardless of the results.

Volk — West Region — Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre #03-170

After working in hotels and cafes, Eldad decided to start Volk in 2020. His grain bowls were once an unfamiliar dish in hawker centres, and now they’re a go-to meal for loyal fans. Motivated by his victory, the young hawker wants to introduce more fusion dishes to curious customers. (Psst … let him know if you voted for him!)

Xiang Ji Porridge — North-East Region — Ang Mo Kio 628 Market #01-81

Xiang Ji Porridge is a family legacy and sibling-run business, operated by Mr Lee. Despite the early hours and long days required, taking care of each other at the end of the day is what keeps the family going. With their victory in the bag, Mr Lee plans to use his prize money to take his family on a well-deserved vacation!


Keep supporting our Hidden Gem Nominees

To all our nominated hawkers from all across Singapore, thank you for being a part of our Hidden Gem Hawker Awards and for filling an entire nation’s hearts and tummies.

To our fellow foodies, do continue to support your favourite stalls all around Singapore with DBS PayLah! Simply tap on the in-app ‘Hawker’ icon to discover all the tasty treats that you can order straight to your door this National Day.


What’s the DBS PayLah! Hidden Gem Hawker Awards about?

If hawker food is the pride and joy of Singapore, then hawkers are the national heroes behind our UNESCO inscription for hawker culture. That’s why we are bringing back the PayLah! Hidden Gem Hawker Awards, to shine a light on our hawkers especially the less known ones or those who have yet to be discovered.


Celebrate National Day with The Hawker Sayangs

Apart from supporting your favourite hawkers, show your love for our national cuisine by singing along to a hawker rendition of “Rasa Sayang”. Check out the unofficial NDP 2022 Theme Song below!


More taste, Less waste

Apart from using metal straws for kopi or tingkats to dabao meals, is there any other way for us to be more sustainable with hawker food? Find out more here or from Hawker guru KF Seetoh and MasterChef-contestant-turned-hawker Aaron Wong in this original DBS series below.

Episode 1: Chee Cheong Fan

Did you know old rice makes for tastier Chee Cheong Fun? Find out how this stall plans its menu with zero food waste in mind.

Episode 2: Beef Rendang

Did you know spices in rendang used to preserve the dish well for long voyages? This wise couple reminds us of the nourishing purpose of food.

Episode 3: Bak Kut Teh

Did you know that Bak Kut Teh was the ‘breakfast of champions’ for labourers in the past? A retired hawker hands down his resourceful recipe to his son.

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