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 this year, to shine a light on our hawkers especially the less known ones or those who have yet to be discovered.


The best hawkers from every region

We’re looking to crown the top hawker in each of the five regions of Singapore. Your nominations will help us pinpoint the top three hawkers from each zone, before we commence the voting stage of the DBS PayLah! Hidden Gem Hawker Awards to identify which hawkers will take the top spot.

Here’s how you can support hawkers with the Hidden Gem Hawker Awards:

Nomination Period (3 June – 3 July)
Tell us who your favourite hawkers are — as many as you can think of! Only the top 3 hawkers from each region will be shortlisted.

Voting Period (14 - 31 July)
Support all your favourite hidden gems, by voting for 1 out of the 3 shortlisted hawkers in each region.

Results Day (8 August)
5 hawker winners will be announced right before Singapore’s birthday! Winners will receive S$3,000 in cash and more.


Look out for Singapore’s most nominated hawkers – coming soon!

Thank you, fellow hawker foodies, for sharing your best-kept secrets with us. Nominations for your favourite hawker stalls are now closed!

Look out for the shortlisted nominees in each region of Singapore as they compete to win in the DBS PayLah! Hidden Gem Awards!  Short-listed nominees will be announced on 14 July 2022. Stand by to vote for your favourite hawkers!


Meet 2021’s Hidden Gem Hawker winners!


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.

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.

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.

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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