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KF Seetoh: Bulk of chosen SG hawkers and chefs setting up in Times Square, New York already

The Independent logo The Independent 23/6/2022 Obbana Rajah
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Makansutra founder KF Seetoh took to social media on Tuesday (Jun 21) to update that the bulk of chosen local hawkers and chefs had already begun setting up their stalls.

“The bulk of our hawkers n chefs setting up their Urban Hawker outpost in Times Sq, New York”, the man behind the idea, Mr Seetoh wrote. He added that they were already in New York.

KF Seetoh and his team from Makansutra will join the stall holders next week, leading up to the hawker outpost’s opening in the second half of July.

There are 11 Singapore hawkers in the lineup for the new Urban Hawker food market, which will be located at 135 West 50th Street, within walking distance of Times Square in Manhattan.

Mr Seetoh tells TISG that the rest are hawkers from NYC selling familiar Singapore hawker fare who don’t need full kitchens, unlike the local hawkers.

The Singapore hawkers are: Halal burger joint Ashes Burnnit, Sembawang’s White beehoon chain and coffee stall Kopifellas, Peranakan restaurant Daisy’s Dream, Chicken Nice from Maxwell Food Centre, Dragon Phoenix (known for its chilli crab and for inventing the yam ring), Prawnaholic (serving Hokkien-style prawn noodle soup), Hainanese Western stall Smokin’ Joe, Malay and Indonesian cafe Padi@Bussorah, Indian stall Mamak’s Corner, and Mr Fried Rice.

The concept is a lot different from Bourdain Market, the far more ambitious project that Mr Seetoh’s friend, the late TV host Anthony Bourdain, had conceived of more than seven years ago, and which did not come to fruition.

Bourdain’s plan envisioned some 50 stalls featuring world cuisines including Chinese, Indian, Korean, Mexican and Peranakan. 

“One of my dream projects come true! I know they will make it there because they can make it anywhere. Absolutely stoked!”, Mr Seetoh wrote in his Facebook post.

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