Kind customers help Jalan Besar hawker stall sponsor free meals for taxi drivers

Choose from Laksa, Lor Mee, and Kolo Mee.

Karen Lui | July 26, 2021, 04:02 PM

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Hawkers and taxi drivers are hit badly whenever the no dine-in rule is reactivated each time. However, that has not stopped people in the community from chipping in to help out wherever they can.

A Mothership reader, Lydia Tan, sent a tip-off about a hawker stall at Berseh Food Centre who is offering free meals to taxi drivers.

Sponsored by customers

Speaking to Mothership, the stall owner of Joy Kitchen said each driver is limited to one free meal worth S$4 in order to ensure that more drivers can have access to the free meals, she added.

Photo by Lydia Tan.

This would allow each driver to choose to have a bowl of cockles laksa, fishball laksa, fishball lor mee, fried chicken & fish lor mee, or fishball dry kolo mee.

Cockles laksa. Photo by Alex Teo on Google Maps.

The stall owner shared that it started when a customer offered to leave some money to pay for meals for taxi drivers as it would help both the hawker as well as taxi drivers.

The amount that she initially received was sufficient for 10 meals.

Here is a post on Where to Dapao mentioning the origins of the incredibly nice gesture.

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However, more customers who dropped by her stall joined in to contribute to this initiative.

With around three or four people in total who have donated at least one meal, the initial free 10 meals have increased to a greater number.

Kolo mee. Photo by Art C on Google Maps.

She shared that around five to six free meals have been claimed so far but there are still 15 more free meals that are available.

The stall owner said the slow uptake of the free meals may stem from their lack of online presence and their reliance on word of mouth via customers.


Regardless if you're a taxi driver in need of a free meal or just a customer looking to support a local hawker, consider dropping by Joy Kitchen if you happen to be in the Jalan Besar area.

They specialise in three dishes — Laksa, Lor Mee, and Dry Kolo Mee.

Prices start at S$2.50 for a mini laksa to S$5.50 for a big prawn laksa.

Check out the full menu:

Photo by Joy Kitchen on Google Maps.

Photo by Joy Kitchen on Google Maps.

Joy Kitchen

Photo by Lydia Tan.

Address: 166 Jalan Besar road, #02-36 Berseh Hawker centre, Singapore 208877

Opening hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday to Sunday: 9am to around 4pm or 5pm

Closed on Wednesday (and sometimes Tuesday).

Top images by Joy Kitchen and Alex Teo on Google Maps.