COVID-19: 10 online markets to get fresh groceries
It’s official - we’ve been called to stay home for a few more weeks to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
2020 has been an unexpected year so far - if one does not work in essential services, working from home has become the norm. Video calls have replaced in-person catch-ups with friends and family and work meetings with our colleagues.
Thankfully, hawker centres, eateries, supermarkets and wet markets remain open during this period. Even so, it may be difficult to secure delivery slots for essentials - and even when you do get the chance to head out, it is not always possible to get the exact items on your shopping list.
We have compiled a list of fruit, vegetable, seafood and meat suppliers that you could tap on to meet your grocery needs during this period.
SEA THE POSSIBILITIES: Fresh seafood at your doorstep
Once a roadside stall in Chinatown, seafood supplier 9s seafood has grown over the past few decades to sell both fresh and frozen seafood. Get vacuum-packed slices of toman - perfect for a comforting bowl of fish soup, prawn paste with ebiko - a wonderful accompaniment for hotpot meals at home, and succulent prawns delivered right to your doorstep, complete with either an insulated bag or styrofoam box to keep it as fresh as if you caught it yourself.
Established in 1975, Song Fish has now become a household name - especially after its brightly-lit stores started popping up in neighbourhood malls. Even Teochews - who are known for being particular about fresh seafood - frequent Song Fish, which is a testament to the quality of their products.
During the circuit breaker, Song Fish will also be enforcing contactless delivery. Their riders will ring your doorbell once your delivery arrives, and will stand 1 metre away as they ensure the highly perishable orders are picked up. They also offer free delivery with purchases above S$100.
P.S. When you shop online with your POSB Visa Card or POSB UnionPay Platinum Debit Card, you could get up to 4% cashback for your purchases.
The Fish Prince
Life is about creating win-win situations, and one of them is being able to stay home and support your local fishmonger at the same time. The Fish Prince is a stall in Ang Mo Kio that also offers delivery services to Central, East and Northeast estates in Singapore. They only sell the freshest catch of the day, and offer bundles for those who would like a variety of seafood too.
Check out their Facebook page to see what’s on offer each day, and if you have any special requests regarding packaging and cleaning, the stallholder is willing to oblige.
Karios Food Resources
Stocking up and continuing with meal prep during the “circuit breaker” period has never been easier with Karios Food Resources’ deal. Typically a supplier to restaurants and hotels, they are now offering special prices to individual customers as well. A slab of Chilean salmon is going for S$18.50/kg, a fraction of the price you’d find at major supermarkets.
NICE TO MEAT YOU: For the meat lovers who need their fix
Whether your dinner plan is lean chicken breast or an indulgent steak dinner, check out Meat Pride for their list of meat options. From beautifully marbled beef shabu shabu slices to chicken mid-joint wings, they have a wide variety to choose from. Delivery is free with orders of S$80 and above, so you could stock up the freezer or even pool orders with neighbours and get them delivered to your estate.
A specialty butcher located under a block of HDB flats, Meat Men has been quietly serving the Farrer Road community for a number of years now with grass fed beef airflown from New Zealand, Prime Grade steak from the United States and much more. You can quickly check out their full product list by sending them a message on WhatsApp. Delivery can be arranged over WhatsApp too.
When it comes to organic meats, look no further than Ryan’s Grocery and Butchery. Their meats are sourced from certified organic and free-range farms. They advocate a farm-to-table movement and therefore ensure the produce they offer are treated humanely.
In addition to meats, those who need to adhere to a gluten-free diet or need to avoid other allergens can also check out their selection of offerings.
Craving a good quality steak at a price that won’t break the bank? Huber’s is known for bringing that to reality. There’s been a sharp spike in demand recently, so they’re only able to deliver meat products and not other groceries - but that means you can still satisfy that steak or lamb craving. They also stock Italian and German sausages - perfect for pairing with a glass of beer at home.
DON’T LEAF THE VEGETABLE LOVERS BEHIND: Where to get your dose of fibre and vitamin C
H&Z supplies fresh fruit from all over the region here to us in Singapore. Typically, each estate pools their orders, but to reduce contact risk during this period, they are offering free home delivery with a minimum order of S$40. This season, their product list includes Australian grapes, papayas from the Philippines, fresh kangkong and more. Find out more at their Facebook page.
Super Group Buy
Look to this supplier for freshly harvested local vegetables such as sweet potato leaves, lettuce and xiao bai cai. They also constantly add new imported products to the list, such as vine cherry tomatoes, Taiwanese cauliflower and organic pea shoots. During this period, deliveries take place every Wednesday and Saturday. Place an order via their online form, or join their WhatsApp group for more information.
In addition to these specialty suppliers, there’s always Singapore Deli and Grocer, Redmart, NTUC, Sheng Siong and Cold Storage for your everyday essentials. It may be a little more difficult to secure a delivery slot with increased demand, so do try at different times of the day.
Even though authorities have asked us to prepare for a disruption to our food supplies, there is no need to stock up beyond what you normally eat . By buying a normal amount of groceries, those who do not have the ability to buy large quantities of food will be able to get their hands on what they need. Stores will also be better able to estimate demand, and ensure there’s always enough for everyone.
Together, we can stay safe, healthy and have a productive month at home! #SGUnited