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Smaller Bites to Swallow Right

“Smaller Bites to Swallow Right” is an initiative by Alexandra Hospital’s Speech Therapists to help individuals with dysphagia continue to enjoy good old hawker fare. 

Dysphagia, the medical term for swallowing difficulty, affects mostly seniors, and can arise from neurological causes (such as Parkinson’s disease and stroke), head and neck cancers and  old age.  An estimated 15% of the elderly population in Singapore suffer from dysphagia. 

Our Speech Therapists shortlist and train willing hawkers to prepare their food with confidence (such as chop, cut, mince and blend), at no extra charge, so that their customers who are mostly seniors can get to enjoy local hawker fair safely.  

Since September 2021, Speech Therapists Samuel Chi and Tey Jo Ching, have trained 24 hawkers from two hawker centres, namely, Alexandra Village Food Centre and ABC Brickworks Food Centre.  Our Speech Therapy team is aiming to scale this movement to two more hawker centres (Mei Ling Market and Food Centre and Tanglin Halt Food Centre) in 2022, and potentially to other hawker centres, coffee shops, F&B outlets, and food courts islandwide, in the next few years.  

The Queenstown district was chosen, not just because the hospital is within its precinct, but also because it is the oldest public housing estate in Singapore, with about 3 in 10 of the residents being 60 years old and above.

To find out more, call our Alexandra Hospital Speech Therapy team at 9788 6343.

ABC Market​

Stores trainedStore numberTrained in
Habib's power mee stall (Halal)#1-08Chopped, Minced
Y.R.A. Rasool Fatimah (Halal)#1-10Chopped
Dong Ji La Mian Xiao Long Bao#1-19Chopped, Minced
Boneless Chicken Warong Adam (Halal)#1-27Chopped, Minced
DEJI Fish Head Beehoon #01-48 Chopped
ABC Brickworks Mixed Veg Rice. Porridge #01-111Chopped
Koh Za Hao Wei Taiwan Porridge #01-126Chopped, Minced
Vegetarian Food #01-114Chopped
Congee Delights#01-45
Chopped, Minced
Swee Kee Wanton Noodles#01-39Chopped, Minced


Alexandra Food Village

Stores trainedStore numberTrained in
Wu Wei Xiang Chap Fan#01-07Chopped
Leon Kee Claypot Pork Ribs soup#01-18Chopped, minced and blended
Char Kuey Teow, Fried Oyster, Fried Carrot Cake#01-30
Chopped, Minced
Ming Xiang Zhi Char#01-32Chopped, Minced
Dover Road Kai Kee Wanton Noodles#01-09Chopped
Pig organ soup/herbal mutton soup#01-54Chopped, Minced
Xing Guang Vegetarian (From Margaret Drive) #01-64Chopped, Minced
Keng Eng Kee Seafood
124 Bukit Merah Lane #01-136
Chopped, Minced
​Dover Road Kai Kee Wanton Noodles


Mei Ling Market

Stores trainedStore numberTrained in
Sin Kee Famous Chicken Rice#02-22Chopped, minced, blended
Lak Kuan Economic Bee Hoon Kueh#02-39Chopped
Shi Hui Yuan Horfan Speciality #02-33Chopped
Braised beef, pork ribs, pork leg noodles#02-15Chopped
Jia Cooked Food #02-02Chopped
Chuang Xin Lor Mee#02-09Chopped
Heng Long BBQ Chicken Rice
​Chopped, minced
Hup Kee Teochew Fishball Mee



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