|Street Hawkers (from theddosage.wordpress.com)|
|Elvis Presley sings 'Crawfish' |
(from Paramount Studios/Elvis Presley Estate)
(from National Heritage Board Archives Singapore)
Singapore street hawkers or vendors in the 60s have been highlighted as being unique and special. Many stories have been written about them and one author, Chan Kwee Sung in his book, One More Story To Tell, highlights the street laksa (page: 44) sold in the Katong area in the East Coast and the hot porridge (page: 49) in downtown Chinatown. These memories are etched forever in the minds of those who have lived the period and seen the food-sellers.
Elvis describes the catch:
The street call:
The sales pitch:
Whether it's food culture or otherwise, the world has been connected a long time ago. Like the funeral bands in New Orleans and our own Singapore funeral marching bands - the similarities are astounding.
Can you remember other popular 60s songs with food as a theme?
Images: 2. Paramount Studios/Elvis Presley Estate. 1/3. National Heritage Board, Singapore.