Grocery shopping in Singapore?!

grocery shoppingI have to admit I am an aunty at heart (or maybe just an aunty). I love to grocery shop. In fact, I think grocery stores are the single most visited place I ever visit in the mall. I don’t physically shop that much, but when I do you can bet I am grocery shopping at a grocery store.

As a kiasu an experienced aunty independent woman, let me share my preferred places to get groceries. 😀  Grocery shopping in Singapore is actually not hard (and very cost effective) if you know where to look!

Before I start, you should know that I personally cook with frozen meat. It is way more cost effective, way more convenient, and can be bought in bulk. Which is exceptionally beneficial for someone like me who is on a keto diet.

Note that frozen food inherently does not taste as nice as fresh food (duh!) but for the convenience, I would keep purchasing them.

Protein sources

I alternate between Omnifrozen and S. S. Kim as my main protein source. Both offer free delivery above 80 SGD and offer self-pick-up if needed.

Omnifrozen

I am recently big on bone broth (so as to fix my fiancĂ©’s digestive system) and I personally order from Omnifrozen for all my bone needs. They have all the types of bones I typically look for (chicken, beef, pork). And on top of that, MARROWS!!! I love the marrows (beef only)!

Not all is good though. I recently bought some grass-fed ribeyes but was disappointed by the price to value ratio (layman terms: bo hua). The quality is lower than what I expect. I shall be on the hunt for better steak sources!

Highlights: Bones (of all kinds).

Typical: Meat (of all kinds), salmon, prawns, edamame.

S. S. Kim

S. S. Kim is similar to that of Omnifrozen. Their prices are quite close, with some discrepancies. They sell more than just frozen meat. On top of the frozen vegetables (like that of Omnifrozen), they offer frozen fruits, groceries, and more. I personally try to stay clear from process foods so I have not been purchasing anything else other than the frozen meat and vegetables (yet to try their frozen fruits). I used to purchase Anchor butter from them (it is not listed), but ever since they increase their price I stopped getting butter from them (more on cheap butter later).

Highlights: Variety of offerings, things Omnifrozen do not have.

Typical: Meat (of all types), frozen fruits.

Grocery Shopping

Phoon Huat / Redman

For all your baking needs! And some groceries as well! Ever since going keto, butter, cheese, and heavy whipping cream have became staple items for me. I stock up every month or so, maybe even longer.

A 200g block of butter can be as low as 2.40 SGD. A 1-liter pack of heavy whipping cream (not some random Frankenstein cream) is around 8.25 SGD (not the cheapest in store). Each block of 200g cheese/slice cheese is around 3.50 SGD. As compared to other grocery stores:

Phoon Huat Redmart NTUC Fairprice
Butter $2.40 $3.50 $3.95
Heavy Whipping Cream $8.25 $10.00 $4.00 (equivalent volume)
Cheese $3.50 $4.25 (equivalent volume) $6.08 (equivalent volume)

On top of the above, Phoon Huat also sells all sorts of baking ware, nuts, including but not limited to hazelnuts, macadamia, almonds, and more.

Highlights: Butter, cream, cheese, nuts, almond flour (extra fine blanched almonds).

Typical: Bake ware, spices, herbs, baking needs, and more.

Redmart

Until a few days ago, I get everything else from Redmart. I used to have the liveup membership which grants me free delivery over $40. So I would grocery shop every 2 weeks to a month to replenish my kitchen. The delivery is generally great. Of all the deliveries I had over the past year I only had 2 late deliveries.

However, I do find myself buying things I do not need just to hit the minimum for delivery. (Fresh vegetables can only last that long!)

For people who are worried about the quality of fresh fruits and vegetables, I would say my experience was overall positive. I did have some broken eggs from rough delivery, some items with close expiry, and some not-so-fresh vegetables, but I did manage to get a refund or return for all the above listed. Not too shabby.

Highlights: Variety.

Typical: Vegetables, canned food (healthier ones)

NTUC Fairprice

My current place for “everything else”. Trying to make it “a thing” to go grocery shopping with the fiancĂ©. It is a nice change to do physical grocery shopping I would say. Something different and definitely positive. We do have to prepare to change the menu / create a menu on the spot sometimes when we go for impromptu grocery shopping.  We are still getting used to this so I can only update after I tried it a few more times.  I did notice I can actually notice myself impulse buy.  Definitely different from online shopping where I typically not notice my impulse buys.

Price in Fairprice varies.  I would say I pay similar to what I would have paid if I ordered through Redmart.

Highlights: All over Singapore fr you all grocery shopping needs. Lol.

Typical: Everything basically.

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