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Food Vessels: A Brief Historical Survey of Ceramics Use for Food Consumption in Singapore’s Hawker Centres and Coffee Shops (kopitiams)

  • Tai Wei Lim
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Abstract

From the hexagonal bowl to the coffee cup and bak kut teh (traditional pork rib soup) mud teapots as well as the exportware mass-manufactured rice bowls, many types of ceramics or pottery are used in Singapore’s hawker centres. The writing looks at the relationship between those utensils, the food/drinks served as well as the symbolic, historical, socio-cultural and socioeconomic implications of using different kinds of porcelain/pottery wares as serving utensils in the hawker centres from the twentieth century to the contemporary period. By studying the clay use, the provenance, form, design, composition, kiln technology and manufacturing method of these ceramics, this writing will study the cultural aesthetics of these objects and their relationships with hawker foods.

Keywords

Peranakans Migrant Yusheng 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tai Wei Lim
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  1. 1.Singapore University of Social SciencesSingaporeSingapore

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