Word on the street is that everyone is taking active steps to support the floundering F&B industry in Singapore. Good on all of us. That it takes a pandemic for us to shift our focus on appreciating our rich and varied heritage of food is unfortunate. But I choose to see the silver lining of this very gray cloud and understand that this current situation we’re in, is opportune for us to lend support to the hardworking folks in the hawker centers who are hardest hit by COVID-19.
Are there more than the ones listed here that deserves mention? Without a doubt. And you can definitely find those lists of hawker delivery floating about the internet that have been created by other local food publications. However, due to limitations of space, I can but only pick 10 that I feel deserve a special mention due to the uniqueness of their offerings and for going out of their way to make sure that us Singaporeans, are not left feeling starved and craving for the comforts of the outside.
Phuket Town Mookata
If not for this circuit breaker, I never would have imagined a mookata stall to deliver the entire experience of grilling, cooking, and broiling right to my doorstep. Yet, here we are in 2020, where, when it comes to food, literally nothing is impossible. Phuket Town Mookata is a humble stall at Ang Mo Kio, hell bet on giving you an authentic mookata night using not only ingredients provided by them but the equipment too.
The minimum food order for this unique affair is at S$50 and comes with a soup base, stove, mookata pan, and sauces. There’s a fixed delivery and collection charge of S$10, which considering there’s little to no preparation or clean up on your part, is but a small price to pay for convenience. Do visit their Facebook page for more information on how to place your order.
Facebook | 340 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 S560340
Qi Xiang Chicken Pot
Hot off the heels of a Mookata experience at home, here, we have a chicken claypot dinner delivery service that is sure to bring a smile to your face. Aside from their signature Whole Chicken soup, Qi Xiang Chicken Pot also offers small plates to enhance your claypot experience with a selection that includes favourites such as beancurd roll, lotus root, cheese tofu, and Taiwan sausage amongst many others. Your delivery comes not just with food, but also a claypot, portable stove, cutlery, plates, and bowls. They will collect everything after 2.5 hours, surely more than sufficient for a dinner event as fuss-free as this.
Minimum order of S$50 applies and is exclusive of S$10 delivery fee and GST. Do visit their Facebook page for more information on how to place your order.
The folks of Yishun have it good with a stall such as Smokin’ Joe in the neighbourhood, serving up western cuisine from a vast menu that encompasses Mains, Starters, Mixed Grills, Burgers, Sides, and Pasta. Set in the Yishun Park Hawker Centre, Smokin’ Joe aims to bring affordable tasty Chargrilled Western food to the public and is the first to utilise a Josper Grill that controls the temperature of cooking precisely. Smokin’ Joe offers restaurant-quality meats to the masses at a more affordable price point with a handsome char that’s indicative of food cooked with finesse.
Smokin’ Joe offers free delivery with a minimum order that differs depending on location. Do visit their Facebook page for more information on how to place your order.
A Noodle Story
A Noodle Story seeks to create the ultimate version of a noodle dish, taking inspiration from modern European techniques and Asian flavours. Sure, some may poo-poo such big claims, but luckily, they have the goods to back those claims up. Here, every bowl comes with springy noodles tossed in a special aromatic dressing, served with Hong Kong-style wontons, soy-flavoured hot spring egg, meltingly-tender char siu, and a crispy potato-wrapped prawn. Their passion at perfection shows, having been awarded a Bib Gourmand since 2016 and not showing any signs of slowing down.
A Noodle Story offers islandwide delivery with no hidden mark-ups and no minimum order. You just pay for the food and the delivery fee which costs either S$6 (for a distance below 6km from their stall) or S$12 (for anything further than 6km). Do visit their Facebook page for more information on how to place your order.
Eng Kee Chicken Wing
The longer we stay at home, the more intense our food cravings get, am I right? For us, fried chicken lovers, look no further than Eng Kee Chicken Wings to fulfill your deep-seated appetite for some fried chicken. We’re talking wings that have been marinated to perfection with a heroic balance of flavours and then fried to indelible perfection—crispy, juicy, and so intensely satisfying. If you’re in for something more than protein, Eng Kee Chicken Wings also offers Set Meals that come with bee hoon or kway teow, as well as their assortment of fried snacks to make your 9th lunch at home extra special.
Eng Kee Chicken Wings offers free islandwide delivery with a minimum order of S$80. Do visit their Facebook page for more information on how to place your order.
PHOTO: Rojak Story
Rojak Story is what happens when you take a traditional dish well-loved and recognised by many, and throw in a dash of innovation and customisation—and does it well. Putting a creative spin on the salad of fruits, you tiao, taupok, and prawn paste sauce, Rojak Story aims to capture the hearts of youthful customers by giving them the option to add or hold back on ingredients so that no two bowls are the same, but more importantly, that every bowl is uniquely yours. You can even have yours as a White Rojak which uses a fruit base sauce of apple and plum instead of the more familiar prawn paste sauce.
Rojak Story offers islandwide delivery with a minimum order of S$25 and a flat delivery rate of S$5. Do visit their Facebook page for more information on how to place your order.
Facebook | 3151 Commonwealth Avenue West #01-26 Grantral Mall S129581
Is there anything more comforting and representative of Singapore’s vibrant hawker culture than a good bowl of Wanton noodles? Wanton Fu checks all the boxes for a splendid bowl of familiarity, with Wanton noodles that come served with homemade wantons, fiery spicy red chili sauce, crispy fried pork lard, and garlic oil. Apart from their signature Wanton Fu Noodles, diners can also order the sides offered such as seasonal vegetables with oyster sauce, homemade fried ngo hiang, or a simple plate of fried wantons.
Wanton Fu offers free delivery to select areas of Singapore that change on a daily basis. Delivery time is strictly between 5 and 8 pm. Do visit their Facebook page for more information on how to place your order.
Facebook | 380 Jalan Besar #01-09 S209000
Kampung Kia Blue Pea Nasi Lemak
Who can resist a good plate of fluffy, coconut-flavoured rice served with sweet sambal that's bound to make you blush? Yeah, me neither. At Kampung Kia, you don't just get to savour the OG nasi lemak in all its fragrant splendour. Here, they've added Blue Pea flowers to their nasi lemak for an added brilliance of a shade of blue. But it's not just about the hue—the Blue Pea flower is chock-full of anti-inflammatory compounds and is good for your skin. Choose from Kampung Kia's array of dishes that pair beautifully with your nasi lemak.
Kampung Kia Blue Pea Nasi Lemak is available on Deliveroo, Foodpanda, and GrabFood. Do visit their Facebook page for more information.
Facebook | Broadway Food Centre, 100 Tyrwhitt Road S207542
Jun Yuan House Of Fish
Apart from serving up piping hot bowls of fish and seafood soup, Jun Yuan House of Fish is more fondly known as the stall at Old Airport Road that hired Ah Guai, a regular customer, to deliver their food to customers around the area. It is a heartfelt gesture that is prompted by the knowledge that Ah Guai had lost his job amidst this difficult and trying times. Here, they’re well-known in the neighbourhood for dishes such as Chinese Spinach Seafood Soup, Sliced Batang Fish Soup, and Herbal Seafood Soup.
Jun Yuan House of Fish offers delivery within a 1km radius of their stall at Old Airport Road. They are also on Foodpanda and Deliveroo. They’re currently working on islandwide deliveries and are also accepting takeaway orders at any of their three outlets. Do visit their Facebook page for more information.
Facebook | Block 51, Old Airport Road #01-69 S390051
El Carbon serves up delicious, no-frills grill at a price point that needs to be seen to be believed. Here, the dishes are more unique than most grilled food stalls, with options such as a whole grilled Japanese Squid with Teriyaki or Kicap Manis Sauce, Haddock Fish ‘n’ Tempura Prawn, and Charbroiled Chicken Chop. The no pork and no lard outlet also serves up Pasta and Oven-baked fare that is familiar and comforting—Grilled Chicken Baked Rice, Prawn & Shrooms Aglio, and Carbonara, amongst many others on the menu.
El Carbon offers islandwide delivery via Grabfood. They are also running a special promotion of 15% off all takeaway orders with no minimum order quantity, at any of their three outlets. Do visit their Facebook page for more information on how to place your order.
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