It may be Phase Two of Singapore’s reopening, but if you haven’t been going out anyway because ~precautions~, you might be glad to know that you can now have frozen versions of your favourite restaurant dishes delivered to your home.
The TungLok Group, which operates more than 10 Chinese restaurants here, is one of the early adopters.
It set up an online store called HomeFiesta about four years ago to sell frozen dim sum such as siew mai and pork buns. But the last two months have seen its offerings expand exponentially to more than 50 items, including noodle soups and Western dishes such as beef stroganoff.
It now sells more than 17,000 packets of food online a month, ranging from $6.80 to $19.80 a pack. Its bestsellers are Chinese fare like siew mai, barbecued pork bun and braised pork with preserved vegetables.
Hawker stall Koung’s Wan Tan Mee in Sim’s Avenue similarly launched a frozen wonton noodle offering in end-May, ahead of schedule, to tap the growing market for ready-to-eat meals. It has sold more than 6,000 frozen packets online and through phone orders.
Last month, both Din Tai Fung and Paradise Dynasty debuted their own version of frozen dumplings, which were swiftly sold out. New stocks will be available soon.
Frozen dim sum is next in line, with Swee Choon Tim Sum, an old-school eatery in Jalan Besar, planning to launch a menu of 15 items at the end of this month. They include carrot cake ($4.20 for six pieces) and bean curd prawn roll ($7.60 for six).
The advantage that frozen meals have over chilled ones is that they can keep for months instead of days. They come in handy when hunger pangs strike at odd hours. There is one thing you need though – freezer space.
Here are five picks to sample.