When we talk about the benefits of living in Singapore, everyone always brings up food — the incredible variety of cuisines we have here, and the wide price range available from hawker centres to Michelin-starred restaurants. We’re truly spoiled for choice; and with the raging pandemic and us trying to stay home as much as possible, ordering food online has become a way of life.
GrabFood handles an unimaginable amount of orders every day; and what’s really cool is that they’ve taken all that data and turned it into some really interesting finds that they’ve shared with us. This is what Singaporeans have been ordering:
These are the most popular dishes — with our restaurant recommendations and suggestions, of course — that Singaporeans order for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Read on.
My mom always says that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it’s no surprise that Singaporeans (like the rest of the world) like to start their day with coffee or tea. And these are ordered alongside common breakfast dishes like pancakes, hash browns, prata, porridge, mee siam and toast. Here’s what to order in the morning:
Baked goods are delicious any time of the day, but are most satisfying in the morning. There’s that jolt of energy from a buttery croissant, and especially paired with a robust cup of coffee.
It’s undeniable that the ultimate breakfast food is Mee Siam or Nasi Lemak. Malaysia Boleh! offers these and more with an incredible spread of the best street hawker fare that you can get in Malaysia; and for fans of traditional coffee, Malaysia Boleh! hand brews them with the “sock”.
Now that almost everyone is working from home, lunch orders on GrabFood have soared, and it’s usually orders for one or two people, with the most popular order time being between 12-1pm. Easy one bowl dishes like ramen, donburis, and fast food are most popular.
Besides the standard Shoyu, Tonkotsu and Miso ramens, Takagi Ramen has good value buddy meals (2 Ramens + 2 Banana Milk drinks + 1 Fried Gyoza for $19.90), and offers limited time only ramens such as Salted Egg Crab Ramen and Chilli Crab Ramen.
I personally love Luke’s Lobster Rolls, and never fail to drop by their outlet when I’m in the vicinity, so I was delighted when they got on to the GrabFood platform. The classic Lobster Roll has meaty chunks of lobster that’s piled into a buttered bun (that’s on its own very pang), and smothered with mayo, lemon butter and seasoning. Delicious.
Dinner seems to be the time that Singaporeans explore a wider variety of cuisines, with Japanese and Indian food being our preference.
I have a friend whose parents order Collins almost every day. It’s really great value for the quality — and quantity — of food you get, and who doesn’t like a nice Mixed Grill?
If you’re craving comfort Chinese food on a cold, wet November evening, check out these Double Boiled Soups and the famous Herbal Roast Duck from Dian Xiao Er.
Singaporeans have constantly been seeking out healthier food options and now there are dedicated restaurants that offer more balanced meals.
Any of the signature Poke bowls are good; there are options for tuna, salmon, avocado and there’s even a spicy version.
Here are some personal favourites that have been given the thumbs up by my kids!
Remember when there were long queues for Shake Shack at Jewel? Now you can relax in the comfort of your own home and get it delivered through GrabFood. If you haven’t tried their burgers before, go for the original ShackBurger that has their special sauce.
Everyone loves bubble tea, and I’ve managed to find my two favourites (Tiger Sugar and CHICHA San Chen) on GrabFood. The kids particularly love the Fresh Milk with Brown Sugar Bubble, while my friends recommend the Oolong Tea with Mousse.
This was a surprise find for me. I used to drive over to the Kovan hawker centre to take away food all the time, and have stopped doing that since they joined GrabFood delivery (I order in now). The Teochew Fishball Noodles stall has very fresh yellowtail fishballs; Yu Kee Duck Rice specialises in — you guessed it — duck rice, and it’s excellent; the Hokkien Mee and Char Kway Teow have that delicious “wok hei”; and the Western stall does really crispy Spring Chicken with shoestring fries. The best part is being able to mix and match dishes from different stalls and getting it all picked up and delivered together.
For more food recommendations, check out GrabFood online or download the Grab app on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or Huawei AppGallery.