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.


Meet 2021’s Hidden Gem Hawker winners!


Nominate your favourite hawkers now

From defending chicken curry to rallying support online for hawkers to travelling across the island just to eat, our passion for hawker food is proof that food is power.

Now it’s time to put that passion into giving our hawkers more love and support. So, nominate your favourite hawkers for the Hidden Gem Hawker Awards — they’ll stand to win S$3,000 in cash and more!

Nominate Now

Once the nominations are in, voting will begin. After that, our final winners will be announced on 8 August! What a way to celebrate National Day with the ones who fill an entire nation’s tummies and hearts — our hawkers.

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.

Don’t worry, hawker fans like you will get to win something too! Be one of the 3 participants to win a PRISM+ Q32 Android TV! Simply find the contest post on DBS Instagram or Facebook page and share with us a powerful story of your nominated hawker.

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Visit the winners of DBS PayLah! Hidden Gem Hawker Awards 2021 at Gastrobeats!

Mark your calendars, because Gastrobeats is returning after a 3-year hiatus! Happening between 4:00pm-10:30pm from 3 to 26 June 2022 at Bayfront Event Space, enjoy a feast for the senses with an array of culinary options, musical performances and art installations. What’s more, 2 of our DBS PayLah! Hidden Gem Hawker Awards 2021 winners will be setting up shop at Gastrobeats so all the more reason to come and support your favourite hawkers!

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Hidden Gem Hawker Awards 2021
Winner - Central Region

Craving for delicious, quality steak that won’t break your budget? This hawker serves up a mean, lean, ribeye steak bowl that will surely hit the spot and get you hungry for more.

Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang
Hidden Gem Hawker Awards 2021
Winner - North Region

Savour the perfect union of Singaporean and Indonesian cuisine with this hawker’s fusion speciality of nasi lemak with ayam taliwang, a mouth-watering blend of flavours that packs a delicious punch.

Pay with PayLah! at Craft’B (Booth H8) and Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang (Booth H9) at Gastrobeats to receive 10% cashback! Cashback is capped at S$1 per transaction. Limited to the first 20,000 redemptions, capped at 2 redemptions per customer. Valid from 3 to 26 June 2022, or while redemptions last.

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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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