Neo Garden's Christmas-themed buffet set-up - you can get it at your house too | Photo: Neo Garden Catering website
We all know how stressful party hosting can be, especially when, on top cleaning and decorating the house, you have to plan the menu. Who said good food can't be made by someone else? Here are five caterers that will let you check ‘food’ off the list with relief - from Peranakan and Chinese to Thai, Malay and Western.
|White Fungus Rolls at Chilli Padi | |
Photo: Chilli Padi website
Peranakan not just for Babas and Nonyas
Here's an established brand name when it comes to serving favoured Peranakan dishes. Its menus range from those for tea receptions to wedding buffets to kid’s parties. Rates go at $8 to $16 per person, for a minimum of 20 (maximum 100) people. Depending on the price and selection,hosts and their guests will enjoy signature dishes like ayam buah keluak, sayur lodeh (vegetables in coconut milk) and an assortment of Nyonya kueh (Malay for 'cakes').
For Christmas: Zesty curried chicken meatballs and smoked salmon spinach quiche (17-25 December). With the Peranakan craze that is evident in many Singaporeans (even those who don’t have an ounce of Peranakan blood), Chilli Padi is sure to make hosts very popular.
Chilli Padi | Address: Blk 3015, Bedok North Street 5, #06-15, Shimei East Kitchen | Tel:62479531 | Max 3 hours per function; $45-50 for delivery, depending on location; complimentary buffet tables
Neo Garden Catering
A household name, not just for Chinese families
There is a reason why Neo Garden Catering resonates with households; it's been delivering meals and catering to folks looking for home-based buffets since 1992. Neo Garden has more than a whopping 20 menus to choose from to cater to whatever occasion you can think of. Menus are available for $15 to $25 per person at a minimum of 30 people. They include sumptuous Chinese dishes like fish and prawns, together with staples like fried rice, spring roll, sotong you tiao (fried dough sticks), and curry chicken.
For Christmas: Traditional roast turkey, whole chicken ham (available until 2 January)
Neo Garden Catering| Address:No. 6A Wan Lee Road | Tel: 68967757 | Operating hours:Mon-Thur: 8.30am-8.30pm; Fri-Sun: 8.30am-7pm| Free delivery for first time customer; free disposable plates and cutlery provided; table for food and warmer not provided.
|Tom yum | Photo: Diandin Leluk|
Food from the Land of Smiles that will have you grinning
With a whole list of awards to its name, Diandin Leluk is the restaurant you’ll want to cater authentic Thai cuisine at your party. What started in the early '80s as a small food business selling packed lunch to Thai construction workers by lorry grew into a restaurant serving Thai food to Singaporeans and foreigners by the 1990s. With all of its cuisine prepared by native Thai chefs with years of experience, you know it’s as authentic as it can get. For three courses, it'll merely cost you $12 to $20 per person at a party for 20 to 30 guests. The choices include various kinds of Thai salads, tom yum soup, Thai style barbecue pork, Thai-style fried mee hoon with seafood and much more. Smile, you're in Thailand, as close as you can be.
Diandin Leluk| Address: #01-67/68/69 5001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Complex | Tel: 62935101 | Order must be made 3 days in advance; cutleries and serviette provided; transportation fee of $30
|The grilled chicken | Photo: HJ. Maimunah website|
HJ. Maimunah Restaurant & Catering
The way to makan
This Joo Chiat stronghold is synonymous with traditional, kampung-styled Malay cuisine. Although, it has catered to customers from all walks of life in through kinds of meals since it was established in the 1990s. From an affordable $7 to $9 per person for a minimum of 40 people, soak up in the nostalgic feeling of enjoying your favourite food from the kampung (Malay for "village") days. Signature dishes such as the juicy Sudanese grilled chicken, lemak siput (Malay for "fat slugs") and wide varieties of barbecued fish are a must to try. You can make various selections from its menu including dishes such sambal goreng (fried chilli paste), tahu telur (fried egg and tofu), beef rendang and oxtail soup. This is one trip down memory lane you'd want to share.
HJ. Maimunah Restaurant & Catering | Address: 20 Joo Chiat Road #01-02 | Tel: 63485457 | Orders must be made one week in advance; delivery fee of $30 (East) and $40 (North, Central & West area); delivery is free of charge when catering for more than 100 persons
|Fish & chips at Mad Jack Cafe | |
Photo:Mad Jack Cafe
Mad Jack Café
Crazy for authentic Western cuisine
Mad Jack Café was opened in 2005 by Jack Chin, an Australian Permanent Resident, with a vision that “everyone should have access to quality food at crazily affordable prices with nice ambience”. It has since become known for its Aussie-styled fish and chips, as well as its MAD wings. From $13 to $24 per person for 21 to 35 people, you can choose from a variety that includes fish fillet, grilled chicken with black pepper sauce, fried egg plant and salads. its tea set menu includes mainly pastries such as croissants and mini pies, along with cakes, sandwiches and other savouries such as nuggets and hot dogs. You can see why guests go mad for Jack, can't you?
Mad Jack Café| Address: 242 Jalan Kayu | Tel: 62575951 | Orders must be made at least 3 days in advance; delivery from 11.30am-9pm; eating and serving utensils and condiments included
Deborah Wee is an intern who dreams of writing for a living. In the formative years of her career, she has been published in Singapore’s Child and writes for her school’s blog. She is obsessed with and possibly addicted to movies, and detests spicy food.