The question I keep getting: Where to find good and best caterers in Singapore? I am pretty sure you get some of those questions too, especially if you are the foodie in office.

Colleagues and friends would come out with the following criteria: Caterer must be cheap and good, must be Halal, wide selection, and meant for a smaller groups say for 8 -10.

Emphasis: Cheap, good, small group.

Select Catering and Stamford Catering has launched 20 new Mini Party Set varieties, of which 15 would be suitable for lunch or dinner, while the other 5 are specially crafted for tea time.

There is an increasing trend of catering targeted at smaller groups, meant for parties, birthdays, house-warming, weekend feasts or mini-corporate lunches.

That would mean bite-sized food such as sandwiches, chicken wings, curry puffs, cakes and the likes.

Each Mini Party Set is at an affordable rate at $108+ ($115.56 with GST), meant for small groups of 8 to 10 pax, and halal options are available.

I remember that catering used to be a once a year ‘event’ for my family, and would happen only when one of the relatives got married, or when the extended family planned of having a big Christmas gathering.

In recent years, it is a different story all together. Like when we need to get food for our mum’s birthday for our family of 8, then this Mini Party Set from Select and Stamford Catering would come in pretty handy.

We were also invited to have a kitchen tour of Select Catering (at Senoko Crescent!), and saw that food was prepared fresh with clear processes and division of labour.

The very experienced Chef Foon looked young and energetic (considering he has been with the group for 20 years) and shared that his greatest satisfaction came from developing new items and dishes, through long periods of R&D with his team. His mantra for catering business: We have to move along with the times.

Putting the food to the test…

What you see from the following was for an office meeting. There were 10 of us sharing this meal.

The popular Mini Party Sets recommended are the ‘Singapore style’ ones – Singa-Fare, Homely Finds, That’s So SG, and Taste of Home.

This “Singa-Fare” set contains 5 dishes such as Singapore Style Fried Bee Hoon, Signature Curry Chicken with Potatoes, Pacific Dory Fillet with Dried Fried Shrimps and Lemongrass, Lo Han Vegetables with Broccoli, and Chilled Almond Jelly with Longan Dessert.

The Mini Party Set came in an easy-to-carry food delivery bag, and food items were packed in microwavable disposable containers, with sets of disposable cutleries provided.

So unzip, unpack, microwave (optional) and done! Ta-dah.

Here’s our verdict on the food.

Being fans of beehoon (it’s like our ‘staple’ for catered meals) we liked the Singapore Style Fried Bee Hoon for its simple execution. Surprisingly, the beehoon wasn’t oily or clumpy – our usual peeve for takeaway carbs, and had generous servings of vegetables such as pak chye.

Everyone at the table liked the Signature Curry Chicken with Potatoes, for these very reasons – the gravy was coconuty yet not overly watery; a lot of gravy (more than enough to pour over the beehoon), and potatoes soft without turning into mush.

The curry also came in this long rectangular container, and I found that this less susceptible to spillage (especially important if you are in a pristine white office shirt.)

Personally, I liked the Pacific Dory Fillet with Deep Shrimps and Lemongrass best (deep fried food does work in my favour). Rather than the same old boring fried fish, this dish has that Peranakan meets Thai cuisine savour on its outer layer.

Lo Han Vegetables with Broccoli. Interestingly, we noticed that the ladies in the group (especially the petite sized ones) went for this first and praised the crunchy broccoli and bright-coloured carrots. I was kind of indifferent to this dish and thought maybe it needed more sauce.

We would appreciate some cool and cleansing dessert after a heavy meal, and this combination worked about just right. The usual desserts available for other sets would include Chilled Almond Jelly with Longan Dessert, Lychee & Pineapple with Crystal Konnyaku Jellies, and the ever-favourite Chilled Crystal Grass Jelly with Longan Dessert.

What we liked about the Mini Party Sets
– Wide selection of up to 20 sets.
– Halal options.
– Convenient for small group caterings.
– Portions were generous
– Affordable at $108+ per set.
– Ease of ordering via phonecall or online (http://www.selectcatering.com.sg/promotions/?cat=mini-party-set)
– Came in food delivery bag with microwavable containers, and eating utensils.
– Universally themed sets such as Say SIAM!, Wild Wild West, Thai-Riffic, Genki Delights, So Oishii, Sedap! Sedap!, Indian Spice, and Vegetarian Special to suit the occasion (themed parties?). For offices, colleagues would appreciate something different each time.
– Tea time treats available for snacks and nibbles
– Easy to clear up, and you do not need to wait for the catering guy again to come back again.

My office has been ordering from Stamford Catering (the halal catering arm) pretty regularly for the mini-seminars we conduct. I can almost quite safely say I tried like at least 50 over items on its menu over time.

I dare not say EVERYTHING yet because I know Stamford has an extensive menu, and keep adding new varieties.

Inevitably, there would be some hits and misses, but my personal recommendation would be the Seafood Mee Goreng, Spaghetti Aglio Olio, Golden Chicken with Lemon Sauce and Saikyo Miso Marinated Salmon Fillet (if you are looking at what to order).

Catering isn’t a once a year need anymore. Now you know where to order affordably priced catered food for just about any occasion for family, friends and colleagues. Bon Appetit!

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* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Select and Stamford Catering.

264 COMMENTS

  1. I’d love to Win the Say SIAM! Party Set! My family LOVES Thai Food and this would be an Amazing way to celebrate the upcoming Mother’s Day Celebration with Wonderful Delicious Food from Select and Stamford Catering! =)

  2. Homely Finds for me! I have a friend coming back to Singapore and I think this will be a great welcome meal 🙂

  3. I hope to win the Vegetarian Special set! It is so tough to find caterer that supplies a strictly vegetarian set! I would definitely order the Vegetarian Special set from Stamford and try my all-time favourite vegetarian dish- lo han zai!

  4. I would like to win “Indian Vegetarian” party set! It would be party time! It’s a moment that I enjoy very much – the sounds of laughter, chatter, joy and with gorgeous meal. My delightful company and I could eat and chat and eat again to our heart’s content. And the sight of the list on this menu is enough to make me drool, authentic and sumptuous array of Indian food!

  5. Hi! I really would like to win the Singa-Fare party set. Singaporean style food to celebrate SG50 with my family and close friends and soak in this celebratory atmosphere with good food from stamford.

  6. I would love to win the Genki Delights set because the Wasabi & Mayonnaise Prawns sound so delicious! Also, I really trust Select & Stamford Catering and have had very good experience with them. This would be perfect for our weekly family gathering 🙂 Liked and shared!

  7. my company uses select and Stamford catering .
    I also want to use this for my family gatherings .
    I especially like the lemongrass and also special dishes .
    the food presentation is also very nicely decorated .

  8. YUMS. Would love to win it, so I could shares with my co-workers whom I think they would really loves it after a hard day at work 😉 HEHEHE 😀

  9. Oh my !!! All sets are so tasty and its hard to choos one !! Any sets will satisfied us bt if we got to choose one, it will be homely finds *_*

  10. Wow…

    Just came intime….pls let me win so that I can share with my family members your wonderful food for our family gathering on 2/5/2015

    Thanx Thanx

  11. My home renovation will be completing soon and I’ll be asking my family to come over to have a gathering. So, I hope to win the TASTE OF HOME mini buffet set just right for my family to have on my housewarming day.

  12. Love to try ,Hope to win for my family

    Go Go Go! Keep on Sharing with fail! Simple few steps to be done & organizer gonna pick us as one of the winner! Hurry Join Liked & Shared!

  13. I wish to win Homely Finds because my sister will be coming home next month from overseas where she is working, I don’t know how to cook so I hope to win this to welcome my sister home and so that she can get a taste of home food 🙂

  14. OMG, I want to with Select Catering’s New Mini Party Sets because they have many goodies like Mini American Walnut Brownies, Turkey Bacon & Potato Sandwich, Sliced Beef with Mushroom & Onion in Black Pepper Sauce etc which are all my fave food but I would like to win “Tea Time Treats” because they looks great for a simple yet wonderful meal for a small birthday celebration.

    If I win this, I get to celebrate my mum’s, brother’s and husband’s birthday all at a same time, what a great way to SELECT-BRATE with Select Catering!!! Hourre!! Bon Appetit!

  15. I would love to win the It’s party time mini tea set to celebrate my daughter’s recovery from her knee surgery!
    Liked and shared!

  16. Hope to win the homely find as to celebrate mother day with my mom,homely find is because food are like some home food that we will eat at home and share with family to celebrate mother day with her. To make it memorable for her.

  17. As part of the events team in my company, I often liased with buffet caterers. Stamford is one of the usual caterer I go to when organising my company’s events. Their food is really popular with my staff and they provide real good service! Order their delicious pan-fried carrot cake! It is always swiped out during events.

    Have tried most of their dishes except the Thai menu, hence I would love to try their Say SIAM! My grandmother and mom are fans of thai cuisine, it would be wonderful to surprise them with an awesome thai spread for the upcoming Mother’s Day! And if their thai cuisine is awesome, I know what to order for the next company event (food recce).

  18. i wanna win that’s so SG! Wanted Singa fare because wanna try the curry chicken but I don’t fancy lo han veg so try the curry veg instead hope its as good!

  19. Hi Daniel,

    I Hope to win “Go to the West” Mini Party Set!
    For my Mum this Mother’s Day celebration! 🙂

    The menu item are all my Mum’s favorite! (I hope to make her smile)
    coincidentally, We stay in the West of Singapore too!

    Liked and shared on Facebook.

    Pick me please!

    Thank you 🙂

  20. Hi Daniel’s Food Diary ,

    I would like to win That’s So SG party set.

    Done Liked, Shared & Participated

    ‪FB: Casy Ang

  21. I would love to win the “So Oishii!” Set. It will be good for the kids who come around to do project in my house.

  22. hope to win Singa-Fare. I’m a big fan of curry potatoes, especially potatoes and gravy on fried Bee Hoon. Mini party sets are a great idea.

  23. My school went with this catering before and I think it was quite good. Shall consider this for my next post-exam party! Hope can win the mini buffet oh and their veggies r super nice! 🙂

  24. I like everything that’s on the menu, the dishes are just too delicious and I’m going to have a hard time deciding if I really win. For now, I would choose the Singa-Fare Party Set because I want to try the Signature Curry Chicken with Potatoes and Pacific Dory Fillet with Dried Shrimps and Lemongrass.

  25. Singa-fare is the thing for me .. Nothing beats the taste of fried beehoon drenched in aromatic “cocnutty” curry gravy and fresh vegetables cooked without excessive seasonings used is one of the healthiest tasting dish ..

    It’s nice to have these mini sets to cater to small scale meetings or workshops ..

    Used to order from Stamford Catering whenever I am put in charge of meeting logistics 🙂

  26. I would love to give Genki Delights a try! Honestly, I’ve never seen such a good spread at this price point! My company runs periodic seminars and I’m placed in charge of the catering part. I’m quite sure the wasabi prawns are gonna be a hit and a super pleasant surprise for our guests, but first, I shall try it personally!

  27. I really hope to win the Taste of Home set! The food on the menu sounds amazing! MY friends recently catered from Selec Catering and indeed Select never disappoints. The spread with Select offers is truly marvelous and leaves the customers spoiled for choice. With a wide array of choices at an afforable price, coupled with excellent service? There is nothing more we can ask for (:

  28. Just had this for one of my hall gathering. The ayam masak gulai nyonya is so delicious I can’t help to get second serving :p. Since the peranakan food tastes nice, I want to try their Singa fare set, which seems like a local delight spread to me 🙂

  29. Really Hope to win the that’s so sg! set! =D
    Will really be a great to get it to bring my friends over for a impromptu party =D

  30. Taste of Home! Comfort food with my loved ones would be a valid reason to entice my relatives to come over for some mahjong and karaoke! Best thing is, no need to cook or wash up, so more time for one more round of mahjong! 🙂

  31. Happy Tue! Happy sharing with all my buddies & friends! Liked, Shared & stand a chance to win! Lets shared together 🙂

  32. I would love to win Singa Fare Set. It is a good choice & definitely the right choice for my dearest family. Home is where I am & I’m proud to be a Singaporean!

  33. Would love to try That’s So SG! Guess it would be perfect for Mothers day gathering and also to celebrate SG50. Liked and shared!

  34. Select Catering is always my family and my organisation’s choicest choice when it comes to catering for our gatherings. SINGA-FARE has just all my family’s favourites from Select. SG Bee Hoon for me, spicy Curry Chicken for mummy, hearty Dory for daddy, vegan Lo Han Vegetables for my vegan sister, and sweety Almond Jelly for my hubby.

  35. In celebration of my upcoming birthday, I’d like to win “Say Siam” set & then I can treat my colleagues to a delicious lunch from Select and Stamford Catering. 😉

  36. Let’s keep on sharing wonderful & fun contest! You might walk away with big surprise giveaway for ourselves or families members! Hurry Liked & Shared 🙂

  37. Vegetarian Special !!! 21st bday partehh is coming.. looking for best vegetarian food to serve a group of my lovely family

  38. Singa-Fare! Simply because the union of the Singapore Style Fried Bee Hoon and Signature Curry Chicken with Potatoes is truly a perfect match that makes me a repeated customer of Select Catering! :p

  39. Looks yummy! Select has been my choice for both company and family’s gathering and function. I have faith in their food.

  40. Congrats to Celiss Wang, Eric Zhuo, Ellena, Lian Lian and Jennifer Yee (instagram) for winning the sets. Enjoy the feasting!

  41. Hi Daniel, pls contact me ASAP as I did not receive your initial notification email to me. I only realise it until I checked my junk mail and found out that this was the 1st time I received your email and there was no other emails including the initial one as well. Sorry for any inconvenience caused and kindly let me know if the prize is still available. Thank you.

  42. Hi Daniel

    After reading your article on stamford, I had called them to check if they have catering for 8 or 10 pax, they shut me off say min 25 pax and bang off my call… haiz….

  43. Hey guys, if you dont mind to give a try to new caterings, can try out this website kaodim.sg, we can just submit request and they will send us the price with the caterings’info and we are free to choose which caterer to hire. I have used this quite some time, and i got lot of good reviews about the food from my guests. Well, it’s a good try for me, that’s why i’m sharing it 🙂 Enjoy.

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