“For many Singaporeans, the cai fan stall at their favourite food court or hawker centre means so much more than food.
Economical rice or better known as “”cai fan”” is the equivalent of McDonald’s in the hawker food realm for many Singaporean Chinese — a fuss-free option with an ever-moving queue. Its allure lies in its affordability, variety, and the efficiency of the “”cai fan”” uncle in scooping and adding side dishes to the meal.
For many of us who have been on a budget or crave a familiar and affordable taste, cai fan is the perfect option, and it remains deeply rooted in our culture. “