It was announced today that some of our hawkers may be outsourcing their dishwashing. This can only be an improvement over the current system, which works like this:
1. Dirty plates are collected and remaining food is dumped or scraped into the trash.
2. Dirty plates are put into pails of water to soak.
3. Plates are returned to stalls to be used again.
I have poked around hawker centers and don't usually see any sign of hot water let alone soap. Maybe they have a secret room with turbocharged automatic dishwashers and ultraviolet sterilizers.
Let's hope the new contractors use soap and hot water, and store the clean dishes in a clean place until they are returned.