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Fourth batch of Singapore Hawker Masters announced at Asian Masters Gala Dinner

Singapore, 22 November, 2013 – The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao today announced the much-awaited results of the Singapore Hawker Masters 2013 during the Asian Masters Gala Dinner, which was held at Ocean Gallery, S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa. 

Six new Hawker Masters received their awards from Guest-of-Honour Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-At-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

The Singapore Hawker Masters, now into its fourth year, is an annual search for the best hawkers in various categories. Hawker Masters for different categories will be awarded each year. This year, the categories are Mee Rebus, Chinese Rojak, Nasi Briyani, Fishball Noodle (Soup & Dry), Or Luak (Fried Oyster Omelette) and Cheng Tng.

The search for this year’s Singapore Hawker Masters kicked off in August, with over 800 nominations received from the public. In September, top nominees from individual categories, together with some nominated by the panel of judges, were listed in The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao for public voting. Over 2,000 readers cast their votes to determine the three finalists in each category.

The search culminated in October when a panel of eight judges visited the finalists’ stalls to decide who would be named a Singapore Hawker Master.

The six Singapore Hawker Masters' stalls* are as follows: 
Category A – Mee Rebus:
 Selera Kita 
Category B - Chinese Rojak: 
Hoover Rojak
Category C – Nasi Briyani: Koothurar 
Category D – Fishball Noodle (soup & dry): 
Song Kee Fishball Noodles
Category E – Or Luak (Oyster Omelette): 
Ah Hock Fried Oyster Hougang
Category F – Cheng Tng: 
Ye Lai Xiang Hot & Cold Cheng Tng
*For more details including the names of the Singapore Hawker Masters and the location of the stalls, please refer to the attachment. 
The panel of judges include Professor Tommy Koh, Mr Dennis Wee, Chairman of Dennis Wee Group; Ms Violet Oon, food consultant and restaurateur; Mr Steven Yeong, COO/Director of River Inn Group; Ms Tan Hsueh Yun, Food Editor of The Straits Times Life!; Mr Wong Ah Yoke, Executive Sub-Editor, The Straits Times Life!; Mr Marcus Yeo Chuan Liang, correspondent of Lianhe Zaobao and Mr Glenn Low, Associate Editor of Lianhe Zaobao Fukan and ZbBz. 

Professor Koh said: "We are what we eat. Our hawker food is a precious component of our national identity and culture. We therefore celebrate our Hawker Masters."

Guests at the Asian Masters Gala dinner were treated to a sumptuous five course meal prepared by the Singapore Chef's Association Culinary team with products and wines from Indoguna, the official gourmet purveyor of Asian Masters. 


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