Hawker (trade)

Hawker (trade)

Hawkers is the name given to road-side vendors selling merchandise.



Organizations of Indian hawkers include the Bengal Hawkers Association and the Calcutta Hawkers' Men Union.


In both China and Hong Kong, hawkers have historically been a main supplier of street food. Some of the items sold include fishball, beefball, bugzaigo, roasted chestnuts and stinky tofu. Many of the stalls have been setup with little to no government monitoring. Due to health concerns and other liability problems, the food culture has been seriously reduced in Hong Kong. In particular, the lease versus licensed hawker restrictions have put a burden on this mobile food cultureMau, Stephen D. [2006] (2006). Hong Kong Legal Principles: Important Topics for Students and Professionals. HK University Press. ISBN 9622097782] . The term Jau Gwei has been used to describe vendors often running away from local police.


The hawker culture has been expanded to in-house facilities in Singapore and Malaysia called Hawker centres.

Philippines, Cambodia, and Vietnam

Balut are popular, often served with beer


ee also

* Cuisine of Hong Kong

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