With “circuit breaker” measures in place, you still do not have to worry about not having food, as dining establishments remain open.
You can always choose to DABAO (takeaway) or order deliveries.
There is nothing quite like our local zi char food that can comfort your soul and warm your belly.
With many zi char restaurants in Singapore offering islandwide deliveries and even promotion, food can be sent to your door-step with a few clicks.
Moral of the story: please stay at home and don’t go running around looking for your favourite zi char restaurant. Also to avoid long waiting time, you can always adjust your mealtimes to avoid peak hours (since WFH anyway with generally more flexible timings).
Other than those available on Deliveroo, GrabFood and Food Panda platforms, here are 10 of them (will include more along the way) which provide islandwide delivery. Take note that the minimum order required usually depends on your location.
Keng Eng Kee Seafood 瓊榮記海鲜
Blk 124 Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-136, Singapore 150124
Tel: +65 6272 1038
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2pm, 5pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Delivery Online: https://kengengkee.oddle.me/en_SG/
Keng Eng Kee which is patronised by British Celebrity Chef James Martin and the late Anthony Bourdain, is one of Singapore’s most well-loved zi char place.
Owner Mr Liew who is Malaysian learnt his craft from his Hainanese father-in-law, and is known for wide range of Cantonese-styled homely dishes.
One of their recommended dishes is the Chilli and Black Pepper Crabs, in which their crab dishes were featured in Netflix’s Street Food.
There are a number of dishes that regulars order. The most talked-about dish is the Moonlight Horfun, along with Mingzhu Roll, Prawn Roll, Yam Basket, Coffee Pork Ris, Claypot Pig Liver, Marmite Chicken, and Salted Egg Sotong.
The Mingzhu Roll is a dish unique to Keng Eng Kee, that looked elaborate and creative for a zi-char dish.
It is fried tau pork stuffed with a variety of ingredients – salted egg yolk, prawn, ham, mushrooms and parsley served with a sweet cream sauce.
Keng Eng Kee delivers Island-wide for $5 https://kengengkee.oddle.me/en_SG/. Min order applies. Spend above $58 to redeem free soup of the day (for 2-3 pax). Use promo code KEK10 for first online order for 10% OFF.
New Ubin Seafood
30 Victoria Street CHIJMES #02-01B/C, Singapore 187996
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Delivery Online: http://order.newubinseafood.com
New Ubin Seafood has been considered as one of Singapore’s favourite zhi char restaurant, known for its unique dishes such as US Black Angus Ribeye Beef, Heart Attack Fried Rice and Boss Bee Hoon.
One may not have expected an ‘ang moh’ dish from a zhi-char restaurant, but the USDA Choice Black Angus Ribeye Half-Cut (300g) has been one of their top-sellers.
The USDA Choice Black Angus Ribeye would be grilled, added with sea salt flakes and separate dip of mustard.
The succulent, bold-flavoured beef pieces still retained its usual standard, though I would personally wish for some caramelised onions and potato wedges to pair along.
For deliveries, perhaps you can try the Fried Hokkien Mee Special – wet, gooey, and the gravy well encompassed the savoury flavours of rich prawn stock.
Via http://order.newubinseafood.com or Deliveroo.
Kok Sen Restaurant
No 30 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089137
Tel: +65 6223 2005
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.15pm, 4:30pm – 9:45pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Kok Sen will be offering takeaway (self-collection) and islandwide delivery. Delivery rates differ, so check with the restaurant directly.
Diners can call Kok Sen at +65 6223 2005 or +65 9698 4119 (Chris) in advance (1 day before) to place your orders.
Popular items there include Big Prawns Hor Fun ($18, $36, $54), Big Prawns Bee Hoon Soup ($18, $36, $54), Claypot Yong Tau Foo ($15, $23, $30), Bittergourd Pork Ribs with Black Bean Sauce ($15, $23, $30), and Stir Fried Beef with Spring Onions ($15, $23, $30).
This Cantonese-style restaurant most famous dish is its Big Prawns Bee Hoon Soup, costing a pricey $18 for the smallest portion in a seemingly humble zi char place. People like it for the thick, red, spicy, grainy broth with hints of belacan.
Do note that certain items on the menu may not be available during this period. Kok Sen Restaurant (Keong Siak)
87 Science Park Dr #01-01 Oasis Singapore 118260
Tel: +65 6464 0410
Opening Hours: 11am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Delivery Online: https://www.diamondkitchen.com.sg/delivery
There are some reasons for its success: positive reviews from critics and bloggers, and a fairly interesting variety of Singapore meets Malaysian zi char dishes.
For those who have yet to try their food, their recommended dishes include Sauna Prawns, Three Eggs Chinese Spinach, Champagne Pork Ribs, Superior Chicken Soup, Gan Xiang Fried Rice, Pumpkin Beancurd, Diamond Gan Xiang Crab, Garlic Steamed Bamboo Clams, Salted Egg Sotong, and Hong Kong Steamed Fish.
Diamond Kitchen’s Salted Egg Sotong was crispy deep fried, dusted with some spicy powder, evenly tossed in salted yolk mix, and did not taste overly chewy.
$8 Delivery charges with minimum spending of $50 Nett.
Mellben Seafood 龙海鲜螃蟹王
232 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, St 22, #01-1222, Singapore 560232
Tel: +65 6285 6762
Opening Hours: 5pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Delivery Online: http://melbenseafood.sg
Mellben Seafood at Ang Mo Kio is a popular and safe choice for finger-licking-good Chilli Crabs and Claypot Crab Bee Hoon.
Choose from any of the 15 ways their in-house chef freshly prepares the star crustacean, from the classic Chili Crab to Black Pepper Crab, Butter Crab, Curry Sauce Crab, Salted Egg Yolk Crab, Shimmering Sands Crab, Claypot Crab Vermicelli Soup, Laksa Crab, and many more.
They also offer live seafood and a variety of zi char dishes.
Free delivery above $80. (Note: they may run out of crabs on certain days due to supply issues.)
Kelly Jie Seafood
Lor 8 Toa Payoh, #01-11/15 Block 211, Singapore 310211
Tel: +65 6353 3120
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Delivery Online: http://order.kellyjie.sg/Promotion
Kelly Jie used to be Mellben Toa Payoh, and has branched out on her own.
Its signature dish is the Claypot Crab Vermicelli Soup of vermicelli served in a luscious, savoury thick milky broth with seafood flavours of the crab.
Its signatures include ‘Kan Xiang’ Mee Tai Mek, Kelly Signature Salted Egg Fried Rice, Yue Guang Hor Fun, Italian Style Fried Rice, Longevity Noodles, and “Yuan Yang” Crispy Fried Rice.
The restaurant also offers set meals for the family, which includes 3 types of seafood or meat, and 1 vegetable.
Free islandwide delivery above $80, or above $15 for Toa Payoh area
Long Ji Zi Char
251, 253 Outram Road Singapore 169049
Tel: +65 9790 5682
Opening Hours: 5:00pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Delivery Online: http://longjizichar.getz.co/
The star dish of Long Ji is unquestionably the Crab Bee Hoon (seasonal price).
Its appeal is partly the robustly appealing gravy, cooked with crabs, cabbage and oyster sauce with a peppery aroma. Plus point, no MSG or chicken powder are used in the stock.
If you like your Crab Bee Hoon semi-wet (okay, more wet than dry), this is for you.
You would notice that both the beehoon and gravy are in a light brown colour. That is because Chef would fry the vermicelli all the way till almost to a point of getting burnt. Full of wok hei.
There are other dishes such as zhi char dishes, from Sambal Kang Kong, Minced Pork Omelette, Shrimp Roll and Singapore Fried Bee Hoon which are not bad.Long Ji Zi Char (Outram Road)
Good Chance Restaurant
No. 1 Jalan Berseh #01-15 New World Centre Singapore 209037
Tel: +65 8823 6363
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 9.30pm (Mon – Sun)
Delivery Online: https://goodchance.com.sg/
Good Chance Restaurant serves up DIY Popiah sets, zi char dishes and newly launched rice bowls.
There are many ingredients in the fillings which include cabbage, carrot, long beans, bamboo shoots, garlic and shrimps.
The taste was rather old school, which reminded me of what my grandmother used to cook.
For those craving for Popiah, they are offering a DIY Popiah Box Set of 15 rolls.
Individual diners or small families can also opt for the Good Chance Ricebowl Series, or Good Change Signature Executive Bento in which you get Kung Bao, Salted Egg, Chicken Cutlet, Sweet & Sour Pork, Teriyaki Bento Boxes and more.
Islandwide delivery via https://goodchance.com.sg/, min order $48. 15% discount when you order online. Please use promo code RB15 upon check out to enjoy the discount
22 Jalan Tampang Singapore 758966
Tel: +65 6257 2002
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Sun)
Delivery Online: https://order.whiterestaurant.com.sg/en_SG
White Restaurant is best known for its White Bee Hoon, originally prepared as a homely dish by their founder Mr Tay.
They have a family set meant for 4 priced at $58.80 which includes a main of Original White Beehoon or Salted Fish Fried Rice, Homemade Soy Tofu with Minced Pork, Signature Fried Wings, and Aiyu Jelly.
If not, get their “Super Save #StayHome Bento” which includes Sweet & Sour Pork Rice with Omelette, Stir Fried Ginger & Onion Beef Rice, Salted Egg Prawn Rice, Stir Fried Black Pepper Fish Slice Rice, and more.
Free delivery https://order.whiterestaurant.com.sg/en_SG with minimum order of $50.
Ban Leong Wah Hoe Restaurant
122 Casuarina Rd, Singapore 579510
Tel: +65 6455 4013
Opening Hours: 11am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 11pm (Sat – Thurs), 11am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 12am (Fri)
Ban Leon Wah Hoe has many specialties to indulge in. Known as one of the best zi char place in Upper Thomson, it is usually filled with loyal customers during the weekends.
For those ordering takeaways, you may have to wait for some time to get your order. However, fans say that the delectable and delicious dishes they serve are definitely worth the wait.
Some of their specialties include Chili Crabs, Steamed Pomfrets and Fried Lala, but nothing can beat the scrumptious and crunchy Har Cheong Gai.
I specially loved how delicious the marination was, and also got a little tip from the chef to use shrimp sauce from the jar containing the ‘dragon head’, which is made in a shrimp sauce factory in Hong Kong.
Deliver to Yishun, Sembawang, Woodlands, Ang Mo Kio, Yio Chu Kang, Punggol, Seng Kang, Hougang, Serangoon, Toa Payoh, Thomson, Bishan, Novena and Balestier.
Call: +65 6455 4013 or +65 6452 2824
Delivery Fee: $5 (min spending $20)
Free Delivery for orders above $100.
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Kelly jie’s delivery is terrible. Delivery slot was 6.15 to 7.15. Called to check at 7.15 and they said otw and claim rainy weather and traffic jam. There was hardly any rain in the afternoon.
Called again at 7.45 to chase and ask if they would reach by 8.00 and they said it should. It’s 8.05 now. Almost 1h after the end of the delivery slot. Judge for yourself.