Migrants from Malaysia and Singapore are more "tum chiak" (greedy for food in Penang Hokkien) than migrants from other countries ;)
We belongs to that tum chiak group! We came from a small island (Penang) synonymous with good food. Penang is well known for its abundance of authentic hawkers’ delights which the locals claim, cannot be duplicated elsewhere!
Shortly after we arrived in Wellington, 1988; we found to our horror; there were no hawkers fair in this "Coolest Little Capital" of New Zealand!
All you can get is "take away" of adulterated "Chinese food" to suit local taste!
We were ecstatic when our friends took us to the only "hawkers centre" at 181, Wakefield Street! The "centre", a small space on top of an office block has only four food stalls; beggars no choosers, we were happy!
Hawkers centre or Asian Food Court come and go in Wellington, the last one was situated at Wakefield Market. We loved this old, run down venue!
From the outside the market looks old and really run down. There was only a small sign on the wall, indicating that they sell food in there. But once you enter the place, you can smell food, glorious food!