Busy bees in the CBD — if you haven’t heard of WhyQ, this is your lucky day. The food delivery service, which takes orders for dishes from hawker centres and food courts, will get in line at your favourite stall during lunchtime so you don’t have to leave your office cubicle to battle the scorching sun and the long queues.
But they only take orders from offices near to CBD hawkers, such as Lau Pa Sat, Golden Shoe Food Centre, Amoy Street Food Centre, Maxwell Food Centre or Chinatown Complex — along with using a 20-man team that operates mostly on foot, that’s how the delivery fees are maintained at an affordable $1.50. Plus, there’s no minimum order, which spares you the indignity of going around your office begging colleagues to chip in just so you can get your cravings satisfied by, say, Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice.
After debuting last October, WhyQ has delivered food from 250 stalls at seven hawkers in the CBD area to meet its 300 orders each day. The service was conceptualized by hawker-loving two Indians, both in their late 20s, who left their banking jobs to work on this start-up.
For now, WhyQ only operates in the CBD during lunchtime, but those working in the City Hall, Changi Business Park and one-north areas can keep your fingers crossed for its future expansion.