Toa Payoh Beef Noodle Uncle Doesn’t Know How To Use Delivery Apps, We Should Support More Like Him
Many of us have gotten into the swing of staying at home. Delivery services and apps have made getting our hands on our favourite hawker fare much easier, easing our cravings for a taste of the outside.
Though most hawkers now offer delivery services or are on delivery apps, some of them struggle to register themselves as they don’t know how to.
A netizen highlighted the struggles of hawkers at Block 22 Toa Payoh Lorong 7, many of whom weren’t on delivery apps.
They reminded Singaporeans to support businesses like these, who may be struggling to make ends meet even more than their counterparts with delivery services during this period.
Hawkers have no access to Internet
In the post, the netizen explained that some elderly hawker stall owners can’t use delivery apps as they have no access to the Internet.
Others simply may not know how to use technology, and have lost out.
Toa Payoh beef noodle uncle wakes up at 4am daily
One of the hawkers in question is a uncle, believed to be in his 70s, who runs a beef noodle stall.
The netizen learned that the elderly uncle still wakes up at 4am daily to prepare the beef noodles, and even shops for his own vegetables at night.
They wrote that he dishes out large portions, and takes special care to make them less salty, so they are healthier for elderly customers to consume.
Despite his efforts, he can’t help but lose out to other stalls who offer delivery.
Support hawkers without delivery
Other than the beef noodle uncle, other hawkers at the same centre are struggling without delivery services too.
Though the netizen buys up to 4 bowls of noodles from the uncle daily, they can only do so much.
To help these hawkers through tough times like now, they urged Singaporeans to walk out and dabao more.
Dabao more often
It may be inconvenient, and even non-advisable to walk out to buy meals every day, but it’s a good way of supporting small businesses who need more help than ever.
Next time you’re thinking of ordering in, why not take a walk down to your local coffee shop or hawker centre and dabao something home instead.
We need to lean on each other to get through this pandemic, and this is just one way of doing so.
Featured image adapted from Facebook.