In light of the latest Covid-19 restrictions, we have to support our local food businesses, especially our hawkers and eateries. Not every food business owner is able to afford the high middleman rates imposed by food delivery platforms, which then sets off another wave of initiatives set up by entrepreneurial individuals. Enter independent low-cost hawker food delivery options and Facebook groups where food stalls can promote their products, delivery (if any), and takeaway services. As with our local shops, it’s time to #supportlocal when it comes to our food industry. Here’s Little Steps’ homage to the best hawker food delivery and takeaway services available on our island.
While this is not a specific hawker food delivery or takeaway site per se, the Hawkers United - Dabao 2020 Facebook group was set up by Melvin Chew, a fellow hawker himself of Jin Ji Teochew Braised Duck & Kway Chap stall at Chinatown Complex Food Centre. This community initiative is free for all to use, enables hawker stall owners to inform diners about their offerings, promotions, takeaway, or delivery options. You, as a diner, can also join the group to pre-order food. This Facebook group aims to be a one-stop-shop for everyone to search and order hawker food online, which in turn helps to sustain their favorite stalls while staying safe and respecting circuit breaker rules. Want more? Hawkers United - Dabao 2020 has also set up the Delivery United Facebook group, which connects delivery people with hawkers and customers to ease the delivery process. Time to order your fav local grub from your all-time fav stalls!
Hawkers United - Dabao 2020,
New online food platform HawkerFoodDelivery.com brings some of Singapore’s most loved and famed hawker centers and independent local food eateries straight to your doorstep. With a current offering of 12 hawker centers, representing around 300 stalls, it also delivers meals to condominiums islandwide. Included in its list of hawker centres are Old Airport Road in the East, Chomp Chomp in Serangoon Gardens, Maxwell Road Food Centre in Chinatown, and Tiong Bahru Market in the namesake heritage neighborhood. HawkerFoodDelivery.com enables consumers to create a mixed basket of different dishes from various stalls within a given hawker center. Its efforts are focused on delivering food to condominium households for lunch (12:30-2:30pm) and dinner (6-8pm) on weekends, with plans to expand its services to weekday deliveries in the coming months. The platform is currently rolling out by the district, with delivery currently available in Districts 11, 21, 10, and 19 in Phase 1, followed by Districts 9, 16, 18, and 23 in Phase 2.
One step above hawker food would be our very own local eateries who have also been taking a bit hit since the dawn of COVID-19. Singapore Restaurant Rescue provides a platform for local restaurants serving up our favorite delicacies to promote their food and provide details on their own independent delivery services. Once you join as a member of the group, simply add posts of your recommended restaurants together with images of their menu, promotions, delivery information, etc. and voila! For restaurants, they can do the same. To date, there are close to 75,000 members so keep spreading the word and lets #savefnbsg together!
Singapore Restaurant Rescue, www.facebook.com/groups/703761213763956
Delivery.sg's island-wide food delivery platform has no minimum delivery requirements and works with a wide range of local restaurants featuring Indonesian, Indian, Malay, Halal, as well as other cuisines. Delivery fees are calculated based on distance, with takeaway options also available. Their first pick-up is at 10am and the last pick-up is at 10pm, with the aim of extending these hours in light of the circuit breaker period where most people are working from home. Delivery takes about 90-minutes from the time of order so you might want to check out all the local eats available and order in advance.
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