About Tingkat

The word Tiffin means either a light meal or a lunch. This word was originated in British India, but today it has found its place primarily in Indian English. It is derived from an English slang “tiffing” which means “to take a little sip”.

Ideally, a tiffin box is a multitier metal container that is unlocked by un-hooking a small catch on either sides of the handle. It has been around for decades but now they have been modified into enamel versions made by European companies. Although the novelty might be long gone, but they are still extremely popular amongst working women, bachelors, busy couples, working mothers.

The tiffin carriers are extremely practical for Indian food- since most of it is an assortment of rice, curries, dals (lentils), Chapathis (flat breads), vegetables and spicy meats; thus the multi-tier comes into play. But India is not the only country that celebrates tiffin carrier meals. They were also used in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia during the 1950s-60s. Tiffin meals, in Singapore, are also known as Tingkat delivery meals, lunch delivery or dinner delivery, home delivered food or Bao Fu Sik (包伙食).

The tiffin carriers or Tingkat in Singapore also used to be in multiple tiers but they were made in beautiful enamel, some even with ornate floral motifs. These carriers were used decades ago – The birthday noodles were put into the various tiers of the tingkat and distributed amongst friends and family so it could be consumed during the celebrations. Nasi kunyit and chicken curry were distributed by proud grandparents in this tingkat carrier to announce the arrival of a new born. Again the fact that a combination of food can be stored in these compartments and tiers made them very popular in Singapore as well.

But a need was felt to “improvise” on these tingkat carriers in the name of modernization. Polystyrene containers and plastic boxes have now taken the place of these tingkat carriers. We keep talking about going green- but we forget that these new inventions in home delivery boxes are harmful to the environment. We should go back to using the good old Stainless-Steel tingkat or disposable microwave container because they do a great job of keeping the food warm and separate and are also 100% recyclable so less harmful to the environment.

21 comments

  1. Hi,
    Is it possible to do it for 1 person? I’m willing to pay upfront for 2 months …

    • Hi Nicole,

      Due to increasing demand, company decided to include delivery for 1 person, however, the price will be slightly higher due to transportation cost.

  2. A few questions:

    1. How to select delivery for 1 person – there is a price for it on your menu, but your order form only allows to select from 2 people onwards…?

    2. What is the general time range that you deliver?

    3. How to pay by cheque if not home when the food arrives? Can it be mailed or pay by card instead?

    • Hi Nick,

      Thanks for your enquiries.

      1. Thanks for your input, we will make changes accordingly.
      2. Generally, delivery time is between 4-7pm
      3. We accept cash, cheque and bank transfer. You can mail your cheque or leave it inside tiffin carrier on the next day.

  3. Why in your menu there is 中式炒冬粉, Yong Chew fried rice. etc, Are these part of the dishes?
    what is the est. delivery time for bukit panjang area?

    • Hi Mei Ying,

      Thanks for your enquiry.

      We have combo meal on every Wednesday, it is called “no rice” day, meaning you don’t need to cook rice on that day because one of the dish is either rice or noddle based ie nasi lemak, fried rice, fried noodle, fried mee hoon, etc.

      The est delivery time is between 4-7pm.

      Thanks

  4. Thanks, just placed my order

  5. Is it halal ?

  6. Hi,

    May i know is there only delivery for once a day? Can order for both lunch and dinner? If possible, how much will that be?

    • Dear Zan,

      Thanks for your interest!

      Yes. You can be order for lunch and dinner as well. The price is same based on number of people.

  7. Are the microwavable containers sealed with plastic?
    What are the 4th dishes like?
    Can request for NO sotong, prawn and fish with bones?

    • Hi Natel,

      Thanks for your interest.
      Yes, it is standard microwavable containers.
      The 4th dishes are finger foods or vegetables.
      Yes, you can request for No sotong, prawn and fish with bones.

  8. Gong xi fa cai to one and all!
    Your November 2013 menu looks delicious.
    Is the menu the same for every month?
    Can you update us the January 2014 menu?
    Do you deliver to Owen Road area?
    Thanks.

    • Hi Terence,

      Thanks for your reply.
      I am so sorry for not updating it, the menu is updated monthly.
      Yes, we deliver to Owen Road.

  9. Hi,
    Would like to know do you deliver to River Valley area?

    Thanks

  10. I mean tengkat delivery to Novena area.

  11. Manish Sarawagi

    Hi.. do you also offer indian vegetarian tingkat. If yes is the same delivered near sengkang mrt??

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