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A&W, don't ever go halal

syed putra

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Indeed. Vegetarian can go in and order non meat. Those who abstain from beef can order non beef.
Why mozzies so special dun eat pork but want to impose that on EVERYONE?
Same reason why they put chopsticks in vhinese restaurant instead of eating with hands. If A&W serves, pork, no food delivery, no malay workers, A&W will die.
 

PTADER

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Indeed. Vegetarian can go in and order non meat. Those who abstain from beef can order non beef.
Why mozzies so special dun eat pork but want to impose that on EVERYONE?
It's a commercial decision. If the company believes it's profitable to be "halal", they will do it. If not, they won't. It's as simple as that.

Nothing to do with Muslims agitating for A&W to do so or "impose that on EVERYONE".

It's the same reason why most Chinese-run eateries don't bother going halal because Muslims are not their target consumers.

It's the same reason why some Chinese-run eateries go "halal" because they want to include Muslims as their target consumers.

It's the same reason why "rendang burgers" or "Hello Kitty" toys are not served in certain countries since what appeals to the consumers in such countries differ.

Businesses are profit making enterprises. They are not social enterprises. Anyone who sets up a business is doing so to make money and not to take on any altruistic or social causes.
 

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Throwback Thursday: The taste of nostalgia lures snaking queues of A&W fans on opening day
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Patrons waiting in line for their meals at A&W in Jewel Changi Airport.
By Diane Leow
11 Apr 2019 06:44PM
(Updated: 12 Apr 2019 06:26AM)
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SINGAPORE: The last time 66-year-old Jerry Yeo took a bite out of an A&W coney dog and sipped their famous root beer float was decades ago.

So when American fast-food chain A&W reopened its doors in Singapore on Thursday (Apr 11) after a 16-year hiatus, Mr Yeo and his children trooped eagerly down to Jewel Changi Airport.

He was greeted by long, snaking lines of diners - but a 90-minute wait was not about to stop him from getting a taste of nostalgia.

"I am not a very patient man, but I was willing to wait an hour and a half for my coney dog and original root beer float," he said.

READ: Jewel Changi Airport opens its doors to first visitors
Mr Yeo said he decided to brave the first day of A&W's reopening because of the fond memories he has of the fast-food chain.

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"I was telling my kids that the very first A&W outlet that we went to was the one in between Bukit Timah Road and Dunearn Road. Basically, we were discussing the history of A&W (while having our meal)," Mr Yeo said.

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A&W's signature curly fries (right).
A&W – which stands for Allen and Wright – made its debut in Singapore in 1966 at Dunearn Road, and the first A&W drive-through opened in 1970 at Bukit Timah Road.

The fast-food joint’s hamburgers, hot dogs and root beer soon became hugely popular among Singaporeans and it is believed its success helped pave the way for other fast-food establishments to set up shop in Singapore, including McDonald’s (1979), Kentucky Fried Chicken (1977) and Burger King (1982).

However, by 2003, A&W faced stiff competition from its competitors and shuttered its remaining outlets.

With the opening of Jewel Changi Airport, however, the well-loved chain is back with an 80-seater outlet, which will be open 24 hours a day.

READ: Famous burgers and Pokemon collectibles: Top things to look out for at Jewel Changi Airport
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The A&W outlet saw a huge turnout on its first day of operations, with multiple lines of diners snaking out of the store.

One such diner was Mdm Beatrix Poh's daughter, who patiently stood in line for her parents' favourite orders while they waited around for a seat.

Mdm Poh and her husband were all smiles despite the wait.

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Mdm Beatrix Poh and her husband, waiting for their first root beer float in an A&W Singapore restaurant in decades. (Photo: Diane Leow)
"Way back in 1975, when the children were young, we would take the children to A&W in Kallang. We would have the root beer and hot dog. We would even collect the little root beer glasses," she said, smiling.

What brought her back to A&W on Thursday was the promise of a root beer float.

"The taste is really very different. I told my husband, I must come here (for a) taste of what it was like in the 1970s," she said. Mdm Poh said she had tried to recreate the popular drink at home, to no avail.

"When we heard it's going to open at Jewel, we were so happy. Looking forward (to it)," she said.

The long lines did not deter Mdm Poh either. "You want to eat food that you love ... you must be patient!"

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A&W staff at work.
Homemaker Rachel Loh and her 21-year-old daughter Yuxuan Kok made a trip down to A&W on Thursday for Mdm Loh's first root beer float since 1976.

Mdm Loh said that when she was in secondary school, she used to meet her friends at the chain's Bukit Timah branch. On Thursday she waited 30 minutes for one of her favourite drinks.

"I really love root beer float by A&W," said Mdm Loh. "It's the taste - it's different from Coke." When asked if the drink tastes the same to her after all these years, she said decisively: "Yes! The same."

For Mdm Loh's daughter, her first experience at an A&W restaurant was more muted. Ms Kok's verdict? "Not bad", although she said she has yet to try other items on the menu.

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A&W's signature Coney Dog.
The crave for familiar comfort food was a common reason among the diners willing to wait hours in line for a burger or coney dog.

"After so many years, you have a craving for it," said Mdm Irene Tan, who was there with her husband.

The last time Mdm Tan had what her husband billed as "her favourite" in Singapore was about 20 years ago.

After A&W left Singapore, she would sometimes have a meal at its branch in Malaysia.

Mdm Tan's favourite dishes? The coney dog and root beer float, she said.

However, the items at the new outlet looked a little different to her.

Upon opening the box, she said: "Very small."

Mr Jerry Yeo felt the same way.

"My wife was telling me that the size of the hot dog has shrunk a little bit - maybe they need to do something about it," he said with a laugh.

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A&W's signature bear mascot. Some patrons said they waited for an hour and a half for their meals. (Photo: Diane Leow)
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It's a commercial decision. If the company believes it's profitable to be "halal", they will do it. If not, they won't. It's as simple as that.

Nothing to do with Muslims agitating for A&W to do so or "impose that on EVERYONE".

It's the same reason why most Chinese-run eateries don't bother going halal because Muslims are not their target consumers.

It's the same reason why some Chinese-run eateries go "halal" because they want to include Muslims as their target consumers.

It's the same reason why "rendang burgers" or "Hello Kitty" toys are not served in certain countries since what appeals to the consumers in such countries differ.

Businesses are profit making enterprises. They are not social enterprises. Anyone who sets up a business is doing so to make money and not to take on any altruistic or social causes.
If the other races are united, just boycott these halal conversions. Tat will teach them a lesson in pandering to a minority group
 

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It's just a matter of economics. Malay-Muslims are fast food junkies, they love their goreng stuff, so the cost of halal certification and potentially losing business from pork consumers is outweighed by the business from the Malay-Muslims.

It's the same reason why pork burgers can be found in the McDonalds outlets of Thailand, Hong Kong and Japan. You always choose the option which maximises profit for your business.
 

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It's just a matter of economics. Malay-Muslims are fast food junkies, they love their goreng stuff, so the cost of halal certification and potentially losing business from pork consumers is outweighed by the business from the Malay-Muslims.

It's the same reason why pork burgers can be found in the McDonalds outlets of Thailand, Hong Kong and Japan. You always choose the option which maximises profit for your business.
Point taken, I think the number is for 1 cina who walk out of a fast food joint, 5 muds will enter. I wonder how well subway is doing since it converted to halal. No goreng stuff the muds will eat meh?
 

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It's a commercial decision. If the company believes it's profitable to be "halal", they will do it. If not, they won't. It's as simple as that.

Nothing to do with Muslims agitating for A&W to do so or "impose that on EVERYONE".

It's the same reason why most Chinese-run eateries don't bother going halal because Muslims are not their target consumers.

It's the same reason why some Chinese-run eateries go "halal" because they want to include Muslims as their target consumers.

It's the same reason why "rendang burgers" or "Hello Kitty" toys are not served in certain countries since what appeals to the consumers in such countries differ.

Businesses are profit making enterprises. They are not social enterprises. Anyone who sets up a business is doing so to make money and not to take on any altruistic or social causes.
So let me ask. Why is it there can be Malay halal food stalls in hawkee centers and coffee shop co existing with non halal food stalls?
 

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So let me ask. Why is it there can be Malay halal food stalls in hawkee centers and coffee shop co existing with non halal food stalls?
Go to any hawker centre. There's always a 'Muslim section' and a 'non-Muslim' section, with perhaps a few 'buffer stalls' selling drinks or desserts in between.

Usually the 'non-Muslim section' is bigger, but in some special cases (notably Haig Rd and Geylang Serai), the 'Muslim section' is as big, if not bigger than the 'non-Muslim section'.

If there is really co-existence, why the need for such obvious segregation? :rolleyes:
 

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I am developing an allergic reaction to every other meat except pork. How? Why am I discriminated by all these Halal food eateries which do not serve pork?
 
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