When we think of food culture in Singapore, it is not the Michelin-starred restaurants that we sing for, but the heritage hawker centres that own our hearts.
Institutions like Chomp Chomp, Maxwell Food Market, Tiong Bahru Market, the Old Airport Road Food Centre and more are home to legions of stalls that Singaporeans swear allegiance by and make it tradition to visit on the regular.
The Circuit Breaker has made it a challenge to hunker down over our hawker favourites, but thankfully, this trying period has birthed new avenues for innovation, including the rise of hawker food delivery platforms.
Though major food delivery platforms do offer hawker fare, the applications on this list are specialised, and primarily dedicated to backing our local culinary heroes.
The technological savviness of restaurants and bars in the industry allows them to be the chief voices we hear amidst this current bid to #SaveFnBSG, but let us also remember to show support to the cooks who are near, dear and familiar.
From the silken glaze of char kway teow kissed by wok’s breath to the lard-rimmed, homely bowls of Michelin-stamped bak chor mee, here are the hawker food delivery apps bringing those delights to your door.
Leading hawker food delivery platform, Why Q began with the intention to bring hawker centre and food court food to workplaces across the island and has evolved into an islandwide food delivery and takeout application spotlighting our hawker heroes.
The interface is simple enough to use — simply enter your area code and order from your hawker of choice. The added perks come in the form of having no minimum order fee, and delivery costs are kept to a low S$1.50 in order to help with the hawker’s profit margins. The selection of vendors are incredibly extensive as well and do include Michelin-approved hawker stalls.
Orders can be placed on the application, available on iOS and Google Play.
One major issue being raised about ordering from major third-party food delivery applications is the fact that the margins are rather high, and the vendor ends up earning little. SG Dabao has the back of the hawkers on that front by being a directory of all hawker stalls on the island that do delivery or self-collection their own terms. The website’s interface may a touch clunky, but at its heart, SG Dabao is a library of local dining treasures and where to find them.
This all-halal marketplace offers islandwide delivery for Muslim-friendly eateries, which is especially helpful during the month of Ramadan. Apart from Halal eateries, hawkers and other Muslim-owned food and beverage enterprises are available on the platform too. The caveat is that you have to typically pre-order by 1pm in order to get the food delivered by 4.30pm to 6.30pm, so do take note of this should you go with Bungkus SG.
Orders can be placed on the website or on the application, available on iOS and Google Play.
Hawker Food Delivery is a new website that aims to work with local hawker centres such as the Tiong Bahru Food Market, Old Airport Road food stalls and more to bring their greatest hits to your doorstep if you’re living in a condominium. Representing over 300 stalls across 12 hawker centres, the website makes two centres available each day for ordering. Users can order from multiple stalls, though they have to stick to a timeframe to place said orders — before 11 am for lunch, and before 4.30 pm for dinner.
Delivery is not yet islandwide, and only available to condominium residents. Currently, Hawker Food Delivery only serves select areas right now given that it is in its early stages, so those living outside of districts 11, 21, 10 and 19 will not be able to order at this time.
Food discovery application, Crumb.ly, is now dedicated to bringing you the fare from thousands of local hawkers. Apart from listings, the application also offers recommendations near you so you can suss out and support hawkers that you may not have chanced upon otherwise. Crumb.ly also eradicates middlemen from the order and delivery process, ensuring maximum profits for the hawkers themselves.