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Every four years, the biggest football event in the world comes around, and Singaporeans’ (mostly male) body clocks turn upside down in a bid to catch the matches screened live in time zones diametrically different from ours.
This year is no different. The 2018 World Cup will be hosted in Russia, so — unless you’re a football fan yourself — chances are you’ll be seeing a lot less of your husbands and boyfriends in the evenings starting this Thursday (June 14). Unless, of course, being the doting, ever-supportive partner to your soccer-mad other half, you’re planning to accompany him on match nights, in which case, this survival kit is for you.
Whether you plan to indulge him in his late night binges at home (we’ll give you the delivery companies to know), or at food outlets with live screenings (we’ll suggest some of our favourite places), here’s what you’ll need to know.
1. The must-know delivery companies
The matches will be held in Russia (with the earliest match starting at 6pm in Singapore time) — which means finding food to be delivered during this period may be tough.
While Deliveroo and Food Panda are obvious choices, do remember soccer widows all over the island are probably having the exact same brilliant take-out ideas as you. Hence, do expect longer delivery times, higher chances of botched orders, and cancellations. So while others zig, you should zag — here are some of the lesser-known (but great!) take-out delivery companies you need to bookmark right now:
For those who are looking for last minute late night orders, opt for Porterfetch. They are prepped ahead for the World Cup season, with a direct link that is filled with food joints that would open till late.
Craving for Mongkok Dim Sum or Mun Chee Kee King of Pig’s Organ Soup in the middle of the night during a match? You can easily get them delivered with just a simple click.
Kemono Best Roast Chicken Delivery
TV dinners with your significant other does not mean you’ll have to go for processed fast food. If your man likes thighs and breasts — and we mean chicken — Kemono delivers them organic, freshly roasted and Japanese, right up till midnight.
The chicken skin is roasted to a nice paper-thin consistency (with no visible fat) and the organic meat itself is so succulent and tasty that you may not even need the various condiments – which includes curry mayo, and teriyaki pineapple — that comes with it. Its menu also includes cold pressed juices (for detox, sleeping better and yes, even fertility), delectable meat (even wagyu) pies as well as gluten-free chocolate brownies.
Ye Yeah Delights
This delivery company operates with the motto: “Helping busy people eat well” — well, if catching all these matches is a serious, busy business, then this option needs to be seriously considered.
While the varieties of dishes (included are options such as Chili Lime Shrimp Bowl, Vietnamese Chicken Chops and Coconut Satay Chicken Noodle Bowl) will warm your tummies, what really warmed our hearts is their charitable stance: With every meal plan you buy, Ye Yeah Delights will donate a meal to beneficiaries of the Children’s Aid Society. The only catch? You gotta order a week in advance.
Healthy snack food options
Do note that some matches are screened way past dinner-time, so besides dinner options, you have to plan ahead for late night options. Are you thinking supper? He says yes, but you should say no — albeit very nicely.
When he’s already sleeping late, guzzling beer (and sugared drinks), wolfing down dinner mindlessly, at the very least he should still be eating healthy at this late hour. Cue in some healthy snack delivery services:
Renew offers a range of healthy artisanal snacks like granola, almonds and pecans. We will recommend the Briyani flavour, which consists of cashew nuts and blackcurrants spiked with Briyani spices — trust us, the unorthodox blend of flavours is strangely addictive.
Even if you’re unsatisfied with their proposed snack packages, you can always customize your very own snack pack. The best part? They have free delivery service, but do make sure to order them a few days prior.
The Fitness Grocer
Healthy snacking has never been easier with The Fitness Grocer. Equipped with an array of choices for you to choose from — from beef jerkies (psst, they’re halal), to peanut butter cups, protein based cookies and even protein popcorn — you can reassure that your husband would be snacking with a purpose while enjoying the World Cup, without worrying that he’s piling on too much calories.
The best part? They have vegan options as well — which includes vegan protein bars and orange marmalade fruit spread, to name a few.
P/S: Place your orders in advance so that you can enjoy your football match without worrying about the pantry.
Box Green is no stranger to those of you already clued into their healthy snacks, especially their acai matcha granola (a blend of rolled oats, red beans, matcha powder,and açaí berries). But some new fangled additions, based on local desserts are other must-trys, such as the Dried Almond Longan Jelly (a mix of almonds and dried longan) and Cheng Tng (a combination of dried longan, goji berry, crispy lotus seeds).
Also, they offer free shipping for orders above $25, so line them up in your online shopping cart before the games go live.