WHAT IS A HAWKER?
Prominent on the streets of Asia, “hawkers” are street vendors who depend on locally grown ingredients to create dishes sold from mobile carts and stands. The most successful recipes, typically passed from one generation to the next, bring flocks of eager patrons. If you’ve ever traveled to Asia, you will know that the best foods are served by local hawkers.
From Char Kway Teow on the streets of Penang to Tom Yum out of the floating markets of Thailand, each region specializes in specific flavors and each hawker stall specializes in one or two dishes. Even in modern Asia, many decades-old hawker stalls are still renowned for the “best” of whatever dish they have mastered. Hawker stalls are such valuable real estate, that many are passed down from parent to child for generations.
We hand-picked the best and most popular street foods from all over Asia and put them into one menu. In fact, most of these recipes have been handed down in the founders’ families for generations and are still served on the streets of Asia today!