So my hubby started talking about this social enterprise food stalls at Simpang Bedok one day, and I couldn’t quite make sense of what he meant till I saw the opening ceremony covered on the news on telly.
The soundbite I remember is “Whether you make it, or whether you don’t make it, we will help you”. Apparently, some wonderful folks decided to operate this hawker centre as a social enterprise, leasing stalls to disadvantaged families, or giving them a salary instead of affordable rental if they preferred.
The theme of the hawker centre was “Balik Kampung” and it did have a very Kampung feel – after all that chest-thumping and head-shaking over white papers and the like lately, this was the intense feel-good-about-being-Singaporean-thing I really needed.
Awesome. Of course we should go there.
And so we did – the very next morning. But we were a bit too early (like 8+ am) so all the stalls were closed. But it was nice to look around, and soak in the atmosphere.
|This sign was one of the first things we saw – kewl.|
We liked the simplicity of the plaque – also the plain, short, NON-AUTOMATED curtains.
|the wide range of food available – there was a prawn mee stall that looked like it had great soup|
Apart from the usual hawker centre bolted down tables and chairs, we saw this corner that had a particularly relak kampung feel to it. Pleasantly surprised to see that the teak furniture was sponsored by The Helping Hand, one of my favourite charities to support.
|oh yes it is, and crazy heavy to boot|
There was a little stall selling tees and dresses, and I would have loved to buy my whole family this tee (it has cute stick figures on the front) but alas it was unmanned. So go back we shall, sometime soon!