During the Chinese New Year period, food and drinks are not only hard to find but might also cost a little more than usual, due to a unique phenomenon known as the Chinese New Year surcharge.
However, that is not the case at one hawker stall at MacPherson Market and Food Centre, Block 89 Circuit Road.
Free tea and coffee for anyone
The stall, Makanan Singapura, which specialises in nasi padang, is giving out free tea and coffee this cool and rainy Chinese New Year.
And the best part?
You don't even have to be a customer of the stall to enjoy a hot bevvy, according to Collin Ng, a patron who later shared his experiences on Facebook.
All drinks stalls were closed
Ng first stumbled upon Makanan Singapura during the 2022 Chinese New Year.
A woman hawker asked him if he was interested in getting some coffee while he was buying breakfast from the stall.
Ng declined, but made a U-turn back to Makanan Singapura when he realised that all the drink stalls at the MacPherson Market and Food Centre were closed for the holidays.
That was when he realised that the stall was giving out coffee for free.
"Deeply" surprised and impressed
This took him by surprise, he said, "While the stalls which are running during this festive period [are] levying surcharge, this lady actually offers FREE coffee to anyone."
"I am definitely taken by surprise that someone [is] actually [offering] complimentary beverages when sh...