The question on the minds of most folks who are WFH these days is: “What should I eat today?” It can be hard to decide what to eat, when you’re unsure about whether certain eateries are open, or if they offer island-wide delivery so you don’t have to step out of your house.
Enter the new website www.sgdabao.com, which started earlier this month. The non-profit endeavour is a “free service to list hawker delivery/takeaway”. Other than hawkers, listings on the website also cover small eateries around Singapore. According to sgdabao.com’s Facebook page, the initiative started as a means to help preserve local hawker heritage during the current tough times. According to the website, “Our hawkers need our help now. Our hawker food has been built over generations and hawkers often quit the business whenever there is a long disruption to their business."
The website also hosts the listings at no cost to F&B owners so they can have the option of not signing on with commission-based delivery aggregators like GrabFood, Deliveroo and Foodpanda to reach a wider audience. “Delivery apps take around 30% of sales, if a hawker sells you $3 chicken rice, they are left with just a few cents after rent and ingredients cost [sic],” explains sgdabao.com.