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Belly Of A Nation

With the month of Ramadan approaching, the previous years' festivities and communal dining outdoors are cancelled but food continues to make its rounds across the island thanks to the collaboration of drivers and hawkers. This new union also brings steep learning curves for hawkers but out of all these constraints, a new kind of Appam is born; one with cheese, Parma ham and microgreens.
Belly Of A Nation

Belly Of A Nation - S1E3: COVID-19 VS Hawkers

24 Oct 2020 10:00pm
With the month of Ramadan approaching, the previous years' festivities and communal dining outdoors are cancelled but food continues to make its rounds across the island thanks to the collaboration of drivers and hawkers. This new union also brings steep learning curves for hawkers but out of all these constraints, a new kind of Appam is born; one with cheese, Parma ham and microgreens.

Belly Of A Nation

About the show:

Parent-child, husband-wife, friends, siblings. Hawkers come in all shapes and sizes.

Belly of a Nation steps into the lives of a handful of Singapore hawkers of different generations. Get a glimpse first-hand of their camaraderie, their quarrels and through it all, their unwavering support for each other. The legacies and obstacles faced while trying to sustain their businesses. We pay homage to their mouthwatering treats.

In the first season, we trace how ethnic lines were blurred by roving hawkers in the past. As the first generation stallholders pass on, who is going to carry their torch? We profile some of the brave and intrepid hawkerpreneurs, who despite the odds, believe that they can keep the hawker culture alive.

The second season coincides with the arrival of COVID-19. For 9 months, we track the hawkers’ shock, dismay and determination to weather through this storm. But initial optimism turns to worry, and fear as the months drag out. Will some of them end up folding for good?

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