When the days are long and there are a thousand and one things to do, mealtime is the last thing on your mind. It is only when your stomach growls with hunger that you remember the need for sustenance. Thankfully, living in Singapore means we have access to great food near us 24/7. All you have to do is go out to get it. But what if you want meals that are less store-bought, and more home cooked — without you having to actually do the cooking?
Get tingkat, of course. With so many cuisine options to choose from these days (including healthier packages, and even one specially created for the elderly!), tingkat is every busy mum’s best meal solution.
Before you order, check
- The caterer’s delivery areas as some only serve certain parts of Singapore
- Delivery containers — tiffin carriers (which you have to wash and return the next day) or microwaveable containers?
- Cancellation terms and conditions
- Replacement meal procedures
Finally, remember that the more people you order for, the cheaper it will be for each individual meal.
1. Brinda’s — for Indian cuisine
Brinda’s Indian Tingkat service offers both North and South Indian food, for either lunch or dinner. Choose from their home delivery menu and email your order before Friday for the following week. A minimum five-day commitment is required. Dishes include tandoori chicken, thosai, prata, naan and a variety of briyanis. Note that no refunds or cancellations are allowed once a booking is made. The restaurant is halal-certified.
Cost: Based on what you order, with a minimum order of $7 per delivery, plus a $3.50 service charge per delivery
2. Cucina Restaurant and Catering — for flexible options
This is a great one to try if you are unsure about using a tingkat service, as the minimum commitment is just a three-day order. They also allow for one-day ad-hoc orders (provided you make your order the day before), and… they deliver on public holidays too! Have fussy eaters? Don’t worry, the menu is extremely varied. Choose from Malay, Chinese, Western, Japanese, and vegetarian cuisine. You can also mix and match your order to enjoy a new dining experience every day. The company is also halal-certified.
Cost: From $28 for two persons, per meal per day.
3. Empress Porridge — for Teochew food lovers
This old school Teochew restaurant offers tummy-warming favourites for its tingkat service. Each day of the week has a theme — Special/Tze Char/Japanese/Korean/Traditional — with dishes such as Chicken Katsudon, Mini Buddha Jump Over the Wall, Claypot Chicken Rice, Abalone and Chicken Fried Rice, and even its Empress Porridge Signature: “Kueh Ting” (Teochew Rice Cakes in Wongbok Cabbage Soup with Meatballs and Fishmaw).
Cost: From $309.23 for two, for 10 days
4. FattyDaddyFattyMummy — no processed food
Lunch and dinner tingkat packages are available here. There’s the usual Tingkat menu with dietary options such as ‘no spicy’, ‘no curry’, or ‘no seafood’. However If you prefer to eat ‘clean’, go for their ‘Love, Tingkat!’ range which uses no processed food, canned food or MSG. Items include food like like Oven Baked Salmon, Nonya Assam Prawn, Oven Roasted Chicken with Herbs — all cooked with less salt and less oil. Your order also comes with a ‘daily nourishing soup’ like Pumpkin Mushroom Soup.
Cost: From $235 based on two persons for 20 days (Tingkat dinner) | $443 for two persons for 20 days on a Love, Tingkat! package
5. Jessie Catering — for app ordering
Lunch only, dinner only, or lunch and dinner options are available here. Meal sets typically consist of a meat, a vegetable and one or two side dishes or a soup, including dishes such as Sambal Fish, Traditional Old Cucumber Soup, Marmite Chicken and Homemade Dough Fritters. In addition, you can specify requirements such as no meat on Friday or no spicy food. Finally, we like the app which makes it really convenient to defer orders if necessary, and to view the daily menu.
Cost: From $235.40 for two persons for four dishes, for 20 days.
6. Kim’s Kitchen — a Tingkat veteran
Kim’s Kitchen is a family-run business that takes daily delivery of produce to its kitchen so as to ensure that food is cooked with only the freshest ingredients. Apart from the usual Tingkat menu, there’s also a ‘Healthy Tingkat’ menu featuring dishes like Steamed Fish with Tomatoes, Abalone Sauce Chicken, Steamed Pork Ball, Broccoli with Sea Cucumber and Lemongrass Chicken Soup. Choose from lunch or dinner delivery (weekdays only).
Cost: From $249.31 for two persons for 20 days
7. Kim Paradise — home-cooked meals
Kim Paradise offers meals as ‘home cooked’ as possible, all prepared using less oil and salt and no MSG. Enjoy dishes such as Plum Sauce Chicken, Assam Fish, Imperial Chicken Soup, and Spinach with Mushroom. The hearty meals are cooked using only the freshest ingredients sourced from trusted suppliers and taste tests are conducted on every dish to ensure consistency in taste and quality prior to delivery.
Cost: From $260 for two persons for 20 days
8. Le Xin Catering Group — for local favourites
All food is cooked using 100% vegetable oil, are low in salt and cholesterol with no MSG, so you can rest assured that everyone in the family is eating healthily. Choose from two packages – Family Deluxe or Asian Delight. Dishes include Fu Zhou Fishball with Mixed Peas, Fried Mini Bun with Chili Crab Sauce, Fried Fish Fillet, and even Beauty Collagen Soup. Asian Delight customers are served local favourites every Wednesday and Friday, and you’ll get delicious fare such as Hainanese Chicken Rice, Kimchi Fried Rice, Mee Goreng, and Stir-fried Hor Fun.
Cost: From $247.70 (Family Deluxe) for two persons for a 20-day order (Family Deluxe), $287.70 (Asian Delight)
9. Mom’s Cooking — for wholesome meals
The primary focus here is “to provide a nutritious and wholesome, yet affordable alternative to your daily dining needs”. No MSG is added to food here and canola oil is used for all cooking. Also, meals are packed paper food containers, which are microwaveable and environmentally-friendly. Dishes include Steamed Chicken with Carrot and Black Fungus, Nonya Laksa Prawn, Black Pepper Chicken Cube, Sweet Corn and Cordyceps Chicken Soup, and Deep-fried Salmon with Spicy Salted Egg Coconut Broth.
Cost: From $449.40 for two persons for 20 meals, based on five times a week.
10. PrepBox — for meal planners
PrepBox is a food delivery service with a difference. Choose your meals from three categories — Signature, Keto-friendly, or Low-calorie, then choose your plan for five, seven, or 10 meals per week. The cost of each meal decreases the more meals taken, starting from from $14. Yes, it is relatively expensive compared to the usual tingkat meals. However, these chef-curated meals are worth every dollar.
The ones we tried had generous portions (enough to satisfy two smaller eaters) and tasted amazing considering they were delivered chilled, and heated up days later. We also love that the variety of meals offered span various cuisine types, from French Burgundy Beef Stew, to Miso Norwegian Salmon, to Moroccan Spiced Barramundi Fish. Menus change weekly, so there’s always something new to try.
Cost: From $14 per meal for 5 meals/week
11. Savoury Catering — for gourmet goodness
The healthy home-cooked meals such as Japanese Chicken Chop, Dang Gui Chicken Soup, Fried Golden Fish Roll, and Fu Yong Egg are all made from fresh local produce and prepared with less oil, less salt and using vegetable oil. Both lunch and dinner tingkat packages are available.
Cost: From $260 for two persons for 20 days.
12. Select Catering — for affordable variety
Select offers tingkat for dinner only, and is perfect for families who love variety without the extra expense. With over 200 dishes on the menu, there’s something different to enjoy every night — even local favourites like Hainanese Chicken Rice, Fried Hokkien Mee, Curry Chicken, and Hokkien Prawn Mee. Deliveries take place from Mondays to Fridays, except public holidays.
Cost: From $160 for two for 20 days. Minimum order of two persons per package is required.
13. YeYeah — to help needy children
Designed by a clinical dietician, YeYeah offers meal plans that will not just make your life more convenient, but healthier too. The meals are high in fibre, with an emphasis on lean protein. Meals are delivered freshly chilled daily, or twice a week. All you have to do is warm them up, then enjoy. A family meal includes one main course (meat or seafood), one vegetable dish, one special side dish, steamed rice and nourishing soup. Dishes include Steam Rice with Cashew Chicken, Long Beans with Tofu and Thai Fishcake, Chicken Pilaf Rice with Aloo Gobi and Cherry Tomatoes, and Kung Bao Chicken Pasta with Tri-colour Bell Peppers. Best of all, for every meal plan purchased, YeYeah donates a meal to the beneficiaries of the Children’s Aid Society, which helps children whose family members are unable to care for them.
Cost: From $520 for two persons for 20 days.
14. Yolo — for calorie counting
This isn’t strictly a tingkat delivery service. Instead, there are 1, 5, 10 and 30-day meals plans available. It’s not for kids, but great for health-conscious or weight-watching mums and/or dads. With personalised meal plans, what you get depends on what your goal is: shape-up, wellness, or bulk. Each meal plan is devised by an in-house nutritionist and contains lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner. You can get, for example, Chicken Rice with Asian Salad for lunch, two Hard Boiled Eggs with Spinach for a snack, and Tomato Soup + 50g chicken for dinner. Meals come with a calorie and macro count so you know exactly what you’re eating. It’s also halal-certified and there are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available as well.
Cost: Prices depend on your chosen calorie target and the length of your subscription (eg. from $38.90 a day for a five-day plan to $33.90 a day for a longer plan). Once you sign up, you choose when you want to receive the food (once a week or three times a week).
Tingkat for Lunch or Dinner?
With so many options for Tingkat delivery, you don’t have to be stuck when it comes to choosing your daily meal. Most companies offer five or 10 day trials so you can taste before you commit. And if and when you do get a little tired of one style, just try another!
Prices indicated are for dinner only, for two persons over 20 days. Prices may not include GST, and are accurate at time of publishing.
Featured image: Savoury Catering