SINGAPORE - The Retail Price Watch Group has launched an online contest where the public may nominate and vote hawkers who sell the tastiest but most affordable fishball noodles, chicken rice, mee rebus or nasi briyani. Besides hawker centres, the hunt also applies to hawkers in coffee shops and food courts.
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RETAIL PRICE WATCH GROUP HUNTS FOR SINGAPORE'S 'REALLY WORTH IT' HAWKERS
SINGAPORE, 9 September 2013 - The Retail Price Watch Group (RPWG) kickstarts its Hawker Hunt last Friday, inviting the public to nominate and vote for the best value hawkers in four Singapore food dishes, and leading to a 'Really Worth It' list for the public.
The Hawker Hunt is carried out on a Facebook app (http://apps.facebook.com/hawkerhunt). The public can nominate and/or vote for the hawkers they think serve the best value Fishball Noodles, Chicken Rice, Mee Rebus and Nasi Briyani.
Besides local hawker centres, the hunt is also extended to hawkers in food courts and coffee shops.
To nominate, users can upload self-taken photos of the stall and/or their dish and share why they think this stall is value-for-money. For voting, users can pick from a photo gallery of nominated stalls.
After six weeks, all nominations and votes will be collated and shared on a 'Really Worth It' List available on RPWG website (www.retailpricewatch.sg) and facebook page (www.facebook.com/RetailPriceWatchGroupSG).
"Singapore hawker food is uniquely part of our way of life. It is inexpensive, easily accessible and usually delicious. Because there are thousands of them all over the island, and many new stalls and concepts are created daily, it will be challenging to update any 'best hawkers list' in Singapore.
"Through this Hawker Hunt, which is voted by the public and for the public, we hope to help discover popular and value-for-money hawker food across the island. It is like a treasure hunt, except that it may well be a gastronomically satisfying one," said Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Chairman of RPWG.
All eligible nominations and votes can stand a chance to win shopping vouchers of $100 and $20 respectively every week from 6 September to 18 October 2013.
About Retail Price Watch Group
Set up on 22 February 2011, Retail Price Watch group (RPWG) keeps a close watch on any excessive price increases of daily necessities and food items, so as to address profiteering, excessive price hikes and anti-competitive practices of businesses in Singapore.
On the business-end, RPWG encourages retailers and F&B owners to be conscious of consumer groups most impacted by price increases, and to implement policies that can address them.
In the past, RPWG has garnered the support of major supermarkets, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), CASE and hawker centres in its cause, leading to positive measures like a commitment to maintain stable prices over a period of time.
RPWG is also focused on helping consumers shop wisely by sharing measures and good practices for stretching the dollar, and promoting the availability of quality alternatives and cheaper choices.
Chaired by Mr Lee Yi Shyan (Senior Minister of State for Trade & Industry and National Development), the group consist of Mayors, business leaders from the retail sector, the Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) and the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS). As a non-regulatory group, RPWG does not impose on businesses to participate in its initiatives.