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Gastronomical Success – Set Up a Hawker Stall Business in Malaysia

How to Set Up a Hawker Stall Business in Malaysia

Cash in on your cooking skills. 3E Accountings offers a quick read on how to set up a hawker stall business in Malaysia.

Globally, the Food and Beverage (F&B) industry has been hard hit due to the global pandemic and nationwide lockdowns. Many businesses did not survive the harsh restrictions. Yet, it is showing good signs of recovery, and Malaysia is no exception. Despite the setbacks, F&B revenues are projected to generate eighty million USD in 2020. That’s a good enough reason for anyone to set up a hawker stall business in Malaysia.


Dishing Out a Successful Business

World-renowned as a foodie-haven, one of Malaysia’s most popular independent businesses is the hawker stall. Needless to say, competition is as stiff as whipped egg white in this industry. That’s why it’s essential to have a detailed business plan before you start anything. Do your due diligence, research the market and business activity thoroughly before investing.

Conceptualise how you want your hawker stall to be run and narrow down your target market as well as location. Do spend some time on SOPs and financial projections. Consider keeping costs down by renting equipment instead of buying.

Plan how you will brand and market your business. E-commerce is trending right now, and you need to take advantage of the various marketing channels available. A good movie is to engage service providers such as 3E Accounting to design and develop your website. You can also create more online presence via The Hawkers website or by getting a Google My Business account.

It is highly recommended that you have a trial run and get feedback on your potential food business. This can include small pop-ups or sampling events as they are a good indicator of how you might fare. It will also help you to adjust your business activity to achieve the best results.

The next step is to register your business with the Company Commission of Malaysia (CCM) or Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM). Its online application will enable you to establish one of the following legal structures:

  • Sole Proprietorship
  • Partnership or Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
  • Private or Public Limited Company (Sdn. Bhd. Or Berhad)
  • Companies limited by guarantee

Usually, for a hawker stall business in Malaysia, a sole proprietorship or partnership is the most convenient. They are easy to set up and require the least investment. You can also consider buying into a Franchise – there are many hawker stalls with the ubiquitous Ramli brand of burgers in Malaysia.

A Malaysian business address, a corporate bank account and registration with the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (LHDN) come next. It is highly recommended that you get proper business insurance as well.

The biggest concern in the F&B industry is always the licensing, permits and approvals. The location of your hawker stall will dictate the type of specific licenses you need from the State Authority and the relevant City Council department (MBPP). As of June 2020, foreigners are no longer allowed to apply for hawker stall licenses.

Some of the general licenses that are required include:

  • Stalls & Hawkers License
  • Petty Traders License
  • Halal Certifications
  • Business Premise Licenses
  • Signboard Licenses
  • Food Handling Permits
  • Alcohol License
  • Health & Safety Permit


Leave It to the Professionals

Now that you know how to set up a hawker stall business in Malaysia, it’s time to take the plunge. While you focus on fine-tuning your culinary skill, let 3E Accounting handle all the preliminaries. 3E Accounting offers premium business solutions for your every need – from company incorporation to website design.

Contact 3E Accounting today to kickstart your business ambitions with industry professionals.

How to Set Up a Hawker Stall Business in Malaysia