Hawker Centres are vital to us Singaporeans. As long as I can remember, I grew up around Hawker Centres. My memories of Sunday mornings as a child consisted of Roti Prata and Milo with the family at our neighbourhood hawker centres and we’ve celebrated countless of my parents, grandparents and now in-laws birthdays at our favourite seafood hawker joints. But what I love most about hawker stalls is that the food are affordable and taste great too. Having your meals at a Hawker Centre has now become even better with DBS PayLah and we’re going to bring you on our very own Hawker Trail! But first…
What is DBS PayLah?
DBS PayLah is a personal mobile wallet which allows you to perform fund transfers via a mobile number. You can use it to dine at some of your favourite hawker stalls, ride with Comfort/City Cabs, shop at thousands of the participating stores, send eAng Baos, send and request payment, pay your bills, donate money to charity and more! DBS PayLah is free of charge to use and is even available to non-DBS/POSB customers so everyone can PayLah!
How to pay with DBS PayLah?
Just ask to pay with PayLah and scan the QR Code displayed at the stall. Watch the video.
Where can I pay with DBS PayLah?
So now that you know how it works, let me show you where we ate for the day with DBS PayLah!
1. Maxwell Food Centre
Kitchen Mafia, 1 Kadayanallur Street, #01-082, Singapore 069184
We started our Hawker Trail at Maxwell Food Centre in the afternoon right after my work ended at Chinatown and had the craving for some western food. So we decided on Kitchen Mafia. I liked how we could choose to have fries, rice or spaghetti with our chops and we chose spaghetti of course! I was also quite surprise to see that even drink stalls at Maxwell accept DBS PayLah so we got ourselves some yummy Sugar Cane Juice.Chicken Chop (with Spaghetti and Mexican Sause) $7.90
Grilled Salmon (with Spaghetti) $12.50
2. Balestier Food Centre
Boon Pisang Goreng, 411 Balestier Road, Singpore 329930
We had some errands to run so since we were in the area, I wanted to grab some Pisang Goreng since I love Pisang Goreng (banana fritters) so much. Boon Pisang Goreng has many fried classic local munchies like Fried Tapioca and Sweet Potato at very affordable prices and super good too! It’s no wonder that they were one of the top rated food last year.Banana Fritters $1.50
3. Newton Food Centre
Alliance Seafood, 500 Clemenceau Avenue North, #01-27, Singapore 229495
So as you can tell from the photo, it was raining when we arrived at Newton Food Centre around 6pm but despite it, the trail must go on! Especially since this is where the Michelin Bib Gourmand Award stall, Alliance Seafood, is located! Heard that they’ve reatined the award in 2016 and 2017. We decided to go for Shine’s favourite Stingray, my favourite La La and Fried Baby Squid for Shine to try. It was a very satisfying dinner and even more so since it was raining, it helped warm our stomachs too. What a great way to end our day of feasting.Stingray $12
Fried Baby Squid $15
La La $12
Want to know more PayLah Hawkers? Check them out here.
As much as I love cafes and restaurants, hawker stalls serve most of my comfort food and it’s great news that we can now make payments with DBS PayLah! No more digging around for coins and running to the nearest ATM to pay for your food! You don’t even need to carry your wallet! However, I am aware that not many stalls around Singapore are using DBS Paylah and they should! It really makes it easier for us patrons and even for the hawkers too as they don’t have to handle money while they’re busy cooking our orders. Lucky for us, the stalls that we went to readily accepted payments with DBS PayLah and hawker centres like Maxwell and Newton has a handful of stalls that welcomes this mode of payment. I’ll definitely be using DBS PayLah more frequently now that I know it is so easy and fuss-free.
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