Road Test

REVIEW: 4 tingkat delivery services that taste just like homecooked food

No time to cook on weeknights? With these tingkat services, you can still have family dinners with a full spread for much less than you would spend at the hawker centre.
 

 

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SAVORY KITCHEN [Editor’s Rave]
savorykitchen.com.sg, tel: 6315-0820.
 

Subscription package: From $230.05 for two persons for a 20-day dinner package, for either three dishes and a soup, or four dishes. Steamed rice is an additional $10.70 per person for 20 days. 
Trial package: From $123.05 for two persons for a 10-day trial, for either three dishes and a soup, or four dishes.
Delivery days and rescheduling: Only weekdays, excluding public holidays. To skip a delivery day, call one day in advance, before 4pm. 
Special dietary requests: Quite accommodating – I managed to request for boneless fish and non-spicy. 
Packaging: Disposable, microwaveable containers for the dishes, and Styrofoam boxes for the rice. 

The dishes were similar to what you might find at a Chinese economy rice stall ─ but definitely tastier and fresher, without the greasy sense of ‘sameness’ ─ which was fine by me but my husband felt that he would prefer a broader mix of Asian cooking.

I received an SMS message of each day’s menu every afternoon and that gave me something to look forward to. I could choose to rate the food as well. The three-dishes-and-a-soup package generally included a veggie dish, two meaty dishes (like fried chicken and dumplings) and a soup. The portions were more than sufficient for one small eater and one big eater. 

Surprisingly, I preferred the meatless dishes and the soups because the flavours were lighter, and they have a knack of keeping the veggies crunchy and vibrant. I also always slurped up every last drop of soup! My favourites were the stir-fry of sliced potatoes and green peas, and the pumpkin soup with shredded chicken.

Verdict 8.5. I thought tingkats would be boring but I ended up really enjoying the deliveries. If it weren’t for my fussy husband, I would seriously consider ordering it. – Mia Chenyze, consumer & lifestyle writer 

KCK FOOD 
kckfood.com, tel: 6443-5723.

Subscription package: From $224.70 for two persons for a 20-day dinner package, for either three dishes and a soup, or four dishes. Steamed rice is an additional $10.70 per person for 20 days. The service is halal certified.
Trial package: From $80.25 for two persons for a 5-day trial, for either three dishes and a soup, or four dishes. 
Delivery days and rescheduling: Only weekdays. To skip a delivery day, call two days in advance.
Special dietary requests: Not available. 
Packaging: In tiffin carriers; top up $0.50 a day for disposable microwaveable containers. Soups are always packed in a sealed, large plastic cup.

The dishes were a mix of hits and misses: Veggies and chicken dishes were mostly tasty, but the fish options were disappointing. Anything crumbed or battered did not hold well and turned soggy.

What I liked was that the dishes were cooked with little or no processed ingredients, nor were they oily or greasy. The better dishes had that home-cooked flavour to them. We polished off the veggies every meal, and it helped that they served hardier ones like cauliflower and carrots that remained crunchy. The variety was good, with seafood, veggies, and chicken on the daily menu. 

However, I’d skip the soups, which fell way below expectations in flavour and taste. The soups throughout the week tasted vaguely similar, and except for the winter melon soup, lacked the character of the main ingredient. 

Verdict 7.5. This service was quite strong in terms of variety and its veggies and chicken dishes. – Lim Tsiao Hui, deputy editor.
 

RONNIE KITCHEN
ronniekitchen.com.sg, tel: 6753-1003.

Subscription package: From $160.50 for one person for a 20-day lunch or dinner package, for either three dishes and a soup, or four dishes. Steamed rice is an additional $10.70 per person for 20 days. 
Trial package: From $50.83 for one person for a 5-day trial, for either three dishes and a soup, or four dishes. 
Delivery days and rescheduling: Only weekdays, excluding public holidays. To skip a delivery day, call one day in advance
Special dietary requests: Not possible.
Packaging: Microwaveable containers for the dishes, and styrofoam boxes for the rice.

The portions were huge. Our set for two gave us enough leftovers for my fiance to pack for lunch the next day (he’s the big eater, and I’m the small eater), so it was really bang for buck. 

The daily menu balanced the mix of proteins, carbs and veggies well. I am usually sensitive to high salt and MSG content in hawker food, so I was pleased to notice that the tingkat meals did not leave me bloated or thirsty.

I enjoyed all the veggie dishes, and I loved the fish dishes. The meat was always tender, and the generous sauces were flavoursome without being overbearingly spicy. My Singapore fiance gave the food the thumbs up too, proclaiming that they’ve got the hearty, home-cooked quality. 

Verdict 7.5. As much as I enjoyed the food, my palate tends towards more Western flavours, so it’s not the best fit for me. But the one-person packages would be perfect for my fiance. – Jo Upcraft, freelance writer 
 

KIM’S KITCHEN
kimskitchen.com.sg, tel: 6342-4988. 

Subscription package: From $176.55 for one person for a 20-day lunch or dinner package, for either three dishes and a soup, or four dishes. Steamed rice is additional $8.03 per person for 20 days.
Trial package: From $44.14 for one person for a 5-day trial, for either three dishes and a soup, or four dishes. 
Delivery days and rescheduling: Only weekdays, excluding public holidays. To skip a delivery day, call one day in advance, before 11am. 
Special dietary requests: Quite accommodating – you can request for non-spicy food, or for boneless fish. 
Packaging: Only microwave packaging for one-person packages and lunch packages. Dinners are delivered in tiffin carriers for two or more persons; option to top up $21.40 a month for microwaveable containers. 

I was glad that the dishes were flavourful without being overly reliant on seasoning. The soups and meat dishes, in particular, tasted home-cooked, and were tasty. I loved the steamed fish with ginger, as the fish was cooked just right and the ginger taste was not overpowering. The pear and white fungus soup in pork broth was quite an unusual combination too. There was usually some processed food, like hot dogs, which I did not mind since it was just one dish out of four. 

However, the vegetable dishes were a little disappointing. It was usually a stir-fry of mixed vegetables in haphazard combinations ─ for instance, cabbage, carrot and cai xin ─ which didn’t really work for me. 

Both my husband and I are big eaters, and the portions were quite sufficient for the two of us. 

Verdict 7.5. I liked the flavours of the dishes, if only they had put more thought into the veggie dishes. – Kayce Teo, senior assistant manager
 

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