A Delivery Guide To Bento Box & On The Go Options That’ll Cater To Your Back-To-Work Need

Going back to the office or perhaps, still working or studying from home? No time on your hands?

You’ll probably benefit from a bento.

Ever since the recent Circuit Breaker, restaurants and catering companies have been rolling out bento sets for your fuss-free enjoyment at home. Even as the nation is slowly relaxing on distancing measures, we can be certain that bentos are getting bigger, better, and more elaborate.

If you’re spoilt for choice, we’ve searched high and low for some Bento Box Deliveries in Singapore you can count on.

1. Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant

You’ve probably heard of Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant by now and if you haven’t – where have you been?

The famed dim sum house is often associated with value-for-money treats, the signature mee suah kueh and not forgetting the comfort it assures many as a go-to supper spot. But bentos? This was definitely something new.

You know those days where you’re just craving a little bit of everything but then you realise we’re kinda stuck in the middle of a pandemic? Well, the Dim Sum Bento (from S$8.90) checks all the boxes. Whether you’re ordering in for the office or having that long-awaited gathering with friends, indulge in the best of Swee Choon, all while being socially responsible.

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2. Keng Eng Kee Seafood

Westies, Keng Eng Kee Seafood is definitely no stranger. Known for their Moonlight Horfun, Coffee Pork Ribs and other wok-derful dishes , the family-run zi char put together some well-loved Bento classics for more to enjoy during this time.

Now, this is one I’m really excited to share about. With 6 different options to choose from, the KEK Bento (from S$12.80) comes with fragrant egg fried rice as the staple and is balanced off with a portion of veg of the day.

Jio your colleagues and have a go at the Marmite Chicken Bento or Salted Egg Prawns Bento for the ultimate work lunch. Remember to get one box each because you’re not going to want to share this! Well, it’s not like you can anyway…

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3. White Restaurant

Don’t play play… White Restaurant is the OG White Beehoon in Singapore and you can be sure they do it best. Even before the world went into lockdown, the team served up bento boxes, catering sets and party meals for family, friends and loyal customers.

In a time like this, I’d like to think bento boxes are the safest meal options as we slowly go out to meet friends and reunite with colleagues. From S$10.12, choose from the Original White Beehoon or Seafood Fried Rice, complete with familiar sides such as Hei Zhou (prawn roll), Signature Fried Wings and more.

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4. Penang Culture

A familiar face in malls, Penang Culture long joined the bento box bandwagon with fuss-free favourites. The Halal-certified restaurant is popular amongst families, whipping up delicious Penang delights for families and friends alike.

The Premium Bento (S$9.90) would be a safe option, with a choice of Lemon Chicken or Thai Apple Chicken, complete with Sambal prawns, vegetables and rice.

I’d recommend going for the Penang favourites such as Hokkien Prawn Noodles (S$11.64) and Penang Fried Kway Teow (S$12.50). Not quite your classic bento box but hey, it counts if it’s served in one, right?

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5. Si Chuan Dou Hua

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Located in PARKROYAL is Si Chuan Dou Hua, one of Singapore’s finest Sichuan restaurants. Touted for its authentic Sichuan and Cantonese cuisines, expect a wide array of delicacies such as roast suckling pig, nutritious double boiled soups, and signature mouth-numbing Sichuan delights.

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You can replicate the hotel dining experience at home with their specially curated Set Menus for 4 (from S$220). Dishes like Stir-fried Diced Beef with Preserved Chilli and Boiled Sliced Fish in Si Chuan Pepper Sauce are bound to keep you on your toes, with the signature Sichuan touch that perfectly combines sour, spicy and savoury flavours.

For something simpler that doesn’t compromise on quality, a gourmet Bento Box (from S$15) or Bento Set (from S$12) ought to do the trick.

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6. Mum’s Kitchen Catering

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Mum’s Kitchen Catering is an established catering company specialising in halal catering for events and occasions of any scale.

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With close to 25 years in the catering business, we daresay that Mum’s Kitchen has perfected their craft over time. Their extensive menu features a wide selection of cuisine to satisfy every palate, from Nyonya and Thai to Western and Japanese. Expect a slew of local and international delights, like Mum’s Thai Pineapple Rice, Mum’s Signature Laksa, and Mushroom Spaghetti Aglio Olio.

If you’re looking to get bang for your buck, we would definitely recommend their Meal In A Box (from S$60 for 10 pax), which comes up to $6 per person, and their Bento Box (from S$80 for 10 pax), which comes up to $8 per person.

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7. Marche Mövenpick Restaurants

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Swiss dining chain Marche Mövenpick Restaurants and its market cuisine is no stranger to Singapore’s dining scene.

Marche Mövenpick Restaurants
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For those that want to up the ante on their catering game, Marche’s homemade dishes will surely impress, not only in terms of presentation but also in taste. Made with utmost care using seasonal and local ingredients, their Sharing Bundles (from S$42.90) are packed with family favourites like PizzaCrispy Pork Knuckle, and the iconic Swiss Rösti. 

I’d go for a German Platter (S$49.90) or a Savoury Crepe (from S$16.90) any day, but they also deliver Breakfast, Fresh Bakes, Desserts, and Sandwiches. Whatever the occasion, you’re all set.

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8. The Catering Concerto by TCC

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As always, The Catering Concerto By TCC aims to deliver memorable gourmet experiences. Their Bentos by The Catering Concerto arm specialises in Western, Peranakan, and Chinese bento sets.

The Catering Concerto By TCC
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The assortment, including the likes of Dry Seafood Laksa Spaghetti (S$12), Pulled Rendang Chicken Sliders and Fries (S$12), and Prawns with Chili Crab Sauce and Egg Fried Rice (S$12) is reminiscent of the local fusion cuisine served at TCC restaurants.

You can even commit to ordering Family Meals (from S$40) with a curated menu that changes daily.

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9. Ichiban Bento

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Fans of Japanese casual restaurant Ichiban Boshi now have an alternative, Ichiban Bento. Conceptualised as a convenient food kiosk, Ichiban Bento promises to be your go-to spot for an impressive selection of takeaway bento at affordable prices.

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You’re guaranteed to find something within the extensive selection of classic Bento (from S$8.80), which comes complete with a rice, a side salad, gyoza, and your choice of meat. We would recommend the bestselling Chicken Steak Teriyaki Bento (S$9.35), Salmon Mentai Bento (S$14.85), Chicken Kaarage Curry Bento (S$9.35) that are packed with flavour and definitely value-for-money. There’s also something for the vegetarians, with special meat-free Bentos made with Quorn products available.

If I were you, I’d grab a friend and go for the Buddy Bento B (S$27.20), consisting of a Salmon Teriyaki Bento, Oyako Don, Chicken Karaage, and Chawanmushi.

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10. A-One Claypot House

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As the name suggests, A-One Claypot House specialises in comforting recipes, simmered and served on piping hot claypots and hotplates.

A-One Claypot House
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Those looking for comforting fare that have a home-cooked touch should definitely go for A-One’s array of Bento Sets (S$10.80), like the Gong Bao Chicken Rice Set or Honey Sweet & Sour Bento Set. 

Ala-carte menu items, such as the moreish Deep Fried Pumpkin & Lotus Root with Creamy Salted Egg Sauce (from S$14.90) and signature Dried Scallop Premium Porridge (S$11.90), are available should you wish to elevate your stay home meal.

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11. One Bowl

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Restaurant concept One Bowl dishes up Singaporean home cooking with finesse. Fried rice? Noodles? A lil’ something of everything? They’ve got it all!

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Their Office Bentos (from S$13) will come in handy for the most frazzled office workers. Featuring hearty mains like the signature Char Siew Rice and Nasi Lemak, one (bowl) is all you need to power through the day.

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12. Kebabs Faktory

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Kebabs Faktory is your one-stop-shop for Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean-influenced fast food. Think doners, gyros, pitas, and shawarma rolls.

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Feeling rabz kebabs? You’ll feel better after tucking into a Falafel Roll (from S$9.90) or Chicken Gyro (from S$10.90).

Choose from heartier options like Curries (from S$9.90), Pita Pockets (from S$9.90), and Rice Boxes (from S$9.90) for an even greater energy boost. If you’re in a rush or on-the-go, this makes the perfect roll.

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13. EPIKebabs

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Is it meat you’re looking for? Halal catering specialist EPIKebabs pride themselves as the creator of Singapore’s most epic doner kebabs.

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Kebab Rolls (from S$7.90) feature heavily in their Value Set Meals, most notably the EPIK FAMILY FEAST! (S$49) and Couple/ Buddy Meal! (S$21.90). Even better, go all out and indulge in the Ultimate Meat Plate! a.k.a. HSP (S$39) or Indomeeat Platter! (S$39) – it’s a carnivore’s dream come true.

Having a party now that the social distancing rules are relaxing? You know who to hit up.

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Nothing beats the ease and accessibility of bento boxes. If you haven’t already ventured out into the wondrous world of the bento, it’s high time you did. These bento box delivery options will give you a head start, so what are you waiting for?

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