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Ambrosia for the People - Hawker Centre Food

Publisher Achates 360

Supporting and Saving Singapore Hawker Culture

“Ambrosia for the People – Hawker Centre Food” is an art book featuring different types of hawker food over 129 food stalls from 111 hawker centres in Singapore.

Dating back to the 19th century during pre-World War times, hawkers plied the streets of Singapore, obstructing traffic and creating a buzz. The relocation of these hawkers to designated centres by the government regulated the situation and hygiene issues greatly. 

Hawker Culture in Singapore was declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in December 2020 but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, hawkers were badly affected by unprecedented challenges, uncertainties and restrictions posed. As much as 80% of their prior business was lost and many were forced to call it a day. The aim of “Ambrosia for the People – Hawker Centre Food” is to raise awareness for the hawker culture in Singapore and bring these hawkers back to the forefront of our attention. The author hopes to rekindle our love for this unique culture that is an integral part of life in Singapore and remind us why they still matter very much today. The list of hawkers with location details at the end of the book provides a helpful guide of hawker you can visit to show your support.


Illustrated by award-winning local comic artist, painter and graphic novelist Koh Hong Teng, this book shares the snippets of life as a hawker, their triumphs and setbacks, as well as the tenacity and perseverance required in their daily lives to draw you into the lives of these hawker stall owners and into the heart of this unique Singaporean culture.

Limited Edition Art Tote Bags

What you get with every purchase of the book “Ambrosia For The People – Hawker Centre Food”


Art Tote Bag

Complimentary art tote bag featuring graphic novelist Koh Hong Teng's illustration of one of the hawker stalls

(worth $12.90)


Nasi Lemak

Complimentary Crispy Chicken

Nasi Lemak Set from Lee Wee & Brothers (worth $4.80)

Retail Outlets:

Kinokuniya Singapore

  • Takashimaya Shopping Centre
    391 Orchard Road #04-20/20A/20B/20C/21 Ngee Ann City Singapore 238872.

       Tel: 6737 5021

  • Bugis Junction
    200 Victoria Street #03-09, Singapore 188021. Tel: 6339 1790

  • Jem (Jurong West)
    50 Jurong Gateway Road #04-23 Jem, Singapore 608549. Tel: 6430 0868

#HawkerCentreFood support movement 
till 15 February 2022


To promote and support the hawker culture in Singapore, Koh Hong Teng, Dr Lai Chee Kien, Achates 360 and Lee Wee & Brothers banded together to do their part for the hawker community.

As part of the #HawkerCentreFood support movement, you are encouraged to visit any hawker stall in Singapore.

Terms and conditions apply.



Take a photo of your hawker meal


Post your photo on social media and hashtag




Show your post at selected Lee Wee & Brothers outlets to redeem 2x Original Fish Otah

Otah redemption available at:

Lee Wee & Brothers 

  • Ion Orchard
    2 Orchard Turn #B4-72 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801

  • Raffles City
    252 North Bridge Road #B1-57 Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103

  • NEX
    23 Serangoon Central #03-K11 NEX, Singapore 556083

  • Tampines Mall
    4 Tampines Central 5 #B1-K6 Tampines Mall, Singapore 529510

  • Jem
    50 Jurong Gateway Road #B1-K08 Jem, Singapore 608549

  • Hillion Mall
    17 Petir Road #B2-36 Hillion Mall Singapore 678278

Book Launch Event

Held in conjunction by Venice Biennale and Achates 360, the creators of the book and publisher, will share more about the premise of this book and why they felt the need to embark on this project to immortalise Singapore’s Hawker Culture.

About The Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale is an arts organization based in Venice that celebrates and recognises art and architecture around the world through its international exhibitions. The Meet the Authors session is part of the theme program "To Gather: The Architecture Of Relationships" organised by the Singapore Pavilion from the Venice Biennale.

Meet The Authors at the Online Book Launch
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