This article was originally published on 27 April 2020 and updated with new recommendations. Additional reporting by Angela Koo.
Some of us are spending a fair amount of the circuit breaker period in the kitchen, while others have turned to food delivery platforms for doorstep convenience. If you have exhausted most of the options on your main delivery apps, you can turn to this compilation of alternatives for greater variety.
Food delivery platforms have also attracted flak for their commission fees. But regardless of which side of the fence you are on, there’s no harm in having more options while being confined to your home day in and day out.
#1 Chope On Delivery
A well-known name in Singapore, Chope has branched out to food deliveries, in a time with restaurant reservations are no longer possible. For those with a hankering for a more luxurious meal, Chope On Delivery can bring you meals from some of Singapore’s famous restaurants, such as Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant, The Grand Lobby (Raffles Hotel), Colony (The Ritz-Carlton). However, do be prepared to pay the price as delivery fees can be as high as $16.
Looking for a halal option? Bungkus started with the Muslim community in mind and offers a compilation of food establishments that are either halal-certified or 100% Muslim-owned. You can order directly from Bungkus and they have their own in-house delivery service to bring all the meals to you. They have a minimum order of $7.
Since 2017, local startup WhyQ has been pooling orders from hawker centres and food courts at a flat delivery fee of $1.50. While it used to target office workers in the CBD, WhyQ has experienced a surge in inquiries from hawkers to be listed on its app since late January this year. It also does not impose a minimum order.
#SupportLocalSG is a one-stop portal that puts together local F&B businesses and grocery shops. This website is one of the easiest to navigate, given that each listing provides the essential information you need, such as its menu, minimum order needed, price range and where it delivers to. You can also toggle with filters such as meals, snacks, fresh produce & groceries, and meal plan subscriptions.
#5 Where Got Food?
WhereGotFood.sg puts together eateries offering islandwide deliveries. This platform includes the menu, delivery fees and discounts in each listing, and you can filter by its food category too. Wheregotfood.sg also manages an active Facebook and Instagram page with frequent shout-outs for restaurants listed on its platform. Do note that the deliveries are organised by the eateries themselves and not by the platform.
#6 Hawkers United – Dabao 2020 Facebook Group
With over 250,000 members in the group, Hawkers United – Dabao 2020 is one of the Facebook groups that has received much recognition. It was created by hawker Melvin Chew on April 3, who is also the owner of Jin Ji Teochew Braised Duck & Kway Chap. He started this community initiative as soon as the circuit breaker measures were announced, to allow hawkers to post about their offerings.
Hawkers United – Dabao 2020 has also created sister accounts such as Pasar United – Dabao 2020 for retailers selling vegetables and seafood, and Delivery United, to link up hawkers and customers with interested delivery drivers. Upon the announcement of the extended circuit breaker, Sweets United was also created to support the affected community.
#7 Singapore Restaurant Rescue Facebook Group
Singapore Restaurant Rescue was created to help fellow restaurant owners cope with the dining-out ban. As a private group, it has fewer members at over 80,000 members, but its posts are more regulated than the usual. It serves as a vital platform for restaurants to stay visible during this period and for customers to seek for recommendations.
#8 SG Dabao
A directory of hawker stalls, SG Dabao compiles the various hawker stalls across the island on a single page. This site is like the Yellow Pages of hawker stalls and provides you with all the necessary contact information to call and order directly from the hawkers themselves. There is no in-house delivery option but you may arrange with the hawkers directly for delivery service if available.
In partnership with Unilever, online marketplace Carousell has launched a new initiative to bring together over 2,500 local F&Bs and hawkers. On its newly-created Local F&B category, F&B owners can provide on-demand takeaway services without paying commission fees. Users can also tap on the location filter function to easily identify F&B businesses near them.
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