Hawker Colours: Melamine Tableware in Singapore

They refer not to the green of chendol or the red of mee goreng but the riot of colourful melamine plates and bowls in which many hawker dishes in Singapore are served today. Red, green, yellow, purple, pink, and more!

These colours defy conventional aesthetic sensibilities, and yet they have become entrenched in local hawker centres and coffee shops. Hawker Colours retraces their origins and mass adoption, and asks what value they still hold as the trade adapts to the changing needs of the city-state.

Read a feature about the book by The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao.

Published by In Plain Words / By Hans Tan Studio and In Plain Words / Designed by Currency

210 x 170 x 12 mm
175pp, 440g
Soft cover (Five colour options)
Published in December 2023
ISBN 978-981-18-8248-7

Malaysia: Penang Book Island
Singapore: Aaah House / Basheer Graphic Books / Grassroots Book Room / Kinokuniya Singapore / Temporary Unit