The Covid-19 pandemic has uprooted our normal way of life and along with it, many traditional business models. In particular, it paralyzed the dine-in concept that the F&B industry so heavily relied on. While most restaurants had promptly adopted new strategies, hawker food delivery is another challenge altogether, given their limited budget and knowledge.
Fortunately, the situation caught the attention of devoted foodies, who devised friendly e-commerce platforms to ensure their favourite hawkers’ survival. Take a look at the seven best hawker food delivery services for your next hawker fix!
Founded in 2014, WhyQ has since evolved into the largest hawker food delivery service in Singapore. It now boasts a partner base of 2,500 hawker stalls, bringing local fares to your doorstep for a modest fee of S$1.50 per item. In certain areas, they even forgo minimum order requirements – much to the delight of introverts who prefer dining alone.
Craving for something from beyond your neighbourhood and don’t mind paying distance-based fees for it? Order from the Marketplace @ WhyQ. It is a community initiative with FairPrice Group, where vendors gain access to islandwide delivery services at no cost.
In addition to a myriad of ongoing promos, new users can now enjoy S$3 off their first two orders with promo code “FIRST5“.
- Michelin-starred hawker stalls available
- Affordable and transparent delivery fees
- No minimum order in selected areas
Crumb.ly hosts a directory of more than 10,000 food merchants across South East Asia, thousands of which are based locally. It sheds light on hawkers and their delivery information to eradicate the need for middlemen. This helps boost sales for vendors without eclipsing their profit margin.
For the fickle-minded, the whopping amount of choices might contribute to an excruciating decision-making process. Fret not, there will be a list of recommendations to help narrow down your choices.
- Recommendations of vendors near you
- Order directly from vendors
- Extensive selection
BySGForSG is a not-for-profit hawker food delivery platform. With its Makan Guru app, users get to order from more than 50 stalls. Islandwide delivery is available at a flat rate of S$5.
The platform primarily features sellers who are especially affected by the high commission structures of delivery service providers or lack the tech-savviness to go online. For the latter, volunteers help create listings, manage orders and payments, as well as generate sales reports.
Hawkers are charged no onboarding fees. Instead, they fork out S$3 which, along with the S$5 paid by consumers, goes to the riders. Additionally, a 5% commission is imposed on each order and donated to YMCA’s “Wok The Talk” initiative to help support vulnerable Singaporeans.
- Supports YMCA’s “Wok The Talk” initiative
- Islandwide delivery at a flat rate
- A platform ran by volunteers
4. Bungkus SG
Bungkus SG focuses on halal and Muslim-owned food options. Muslim-friendly eateries are made accessible with islandwide delivery services.
The minimum order is set universally at S$7, which is reasonably easy to reach. On the other hand, islandwide delivery ranges from S$4 to S$13. Vendors are segregated by zones on the site, which provides convenience for browsing.
However, do note that the system largely relies on pre-booking. Place your order by 1 PM in order to qualify for same-day delivery, which is carried out between 4.30 PM to 6.30 PM,
- Halal food options
- Site-wide minimum order of S$7
- Pre-book meals
Like most platforms that mushroomed over the pandemic period, #savefnbsg is born out of goodwill. The coalition of over 500 restaurants, helmed by Peng Loh of Unlisted Collection and Beppe De Vito of ilLido Group, has a mission to sustain the F&B industry by joining forces.
While the coalition is deeply concerned about the local F&B scene, it doesn’t exactly target hawkers. Rather, it highlights independent eateries and even sizeable groups. Users will be redirected to the respective menus after clicking the order button.
- Feature premium local restaurants
- Vast array of Western food options
- Delivery via private hire, courier and taxi drivers
#SupportLocalSG is an expertly designed site. Firstly, it displays store details in a comprehensive and succinct fashion. Secondly, navigation is highly intuitive and easy.
For instance, you can contact the sellers with just the click of a button. Arrange for delivery or pickup without having to go through a middle-person. Meanwhile, you can also apply filters according to your dietary preferences and budget.
As of writing, there are 91 vegan/vegetarian options and 89 halal options. On top of that, the platform curates information regarding meal plan subscriptions and grocery delivery. It addresses your guilty pleasures as well, with a section dedicated to all kinds of snacks.
- Meal plan subscriptions
- Halal and vegan/vegetarian options available
- Grocery and snack deliveries
FoodLeh? is the brainchild of two undergraduates, Lim Yi Fan and Ng Chee Peng. Similar to most other platforms on the list, it serves as a means for hawkers to circumvent the hefty commission levied by major delivery companies.
Five days of coding by the pair led to a no-frills website, which greets visitors with two buttons: dabao or delivery. Upon clicking, users are prompted to input their postal codes before moving on to browse their choices.
Currently, Foodleh? is 180 listings shy of their goal of 800. If your favourite hawker doesn’t have a listing yet, feel free to add one for them.
- No-frills ordering procedure
- Site is available in Mandarin
- Community-based listings
Besides these platforms, check out Hawkers United too. It is a Facebook group where hawkers gather to give updates and advertise their products. The initially unassuming community grew to own 278.5k members and branched out further into Pasar United and Sweets United.
Alternatively, take a look at these ice cream delivery, some of which are also local pride. With the help of all Singaporeans, we can emerge from the crisis better and stronger.
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