Having enjoyed MealPal for some time in 2019, Heartland Boy is delighted to learn that MealPal now serves hawker food in Singapore! This will further reduce the cost of his lunch meals in the CBD! Because of the addition of hawker meals, MealPal has also switched to a credit system that rightfully prices hawker meal differently from restaurant food. Here is Heartland Boy’s review of MealPal Singapore and a promo code that grants new users a cool 25% off the subscription plan!
Hawkers Come On Board MealPal
One of the biggest improvements is probably the onboarding of several hawker centres in locations within the CBD. Popular food centres that have now jumped onto the bandwagon include Amoy Street Food Centre, Lau Pat Sat, Maxwell Food Centre, Market Street Interim Hawker Centre, etc. While only a handful (about 20) of the hawker stalls are participating merchants at this juncture, it is still early days yet as the MealPal team is working hard to get more of them on board. One pro-tip is to use the filter button on the MealPal app to show only hawker meals as shown in Diagram 1.
This would immediately reveal the participating outlets near your office on an interactive map. Hawker food is generally priced between 2 to 3 credits on the MealPal app, though some hawkerpreneurs may levy a more premium price for higher-quality hawker food. As an example from the MealPal menu, Yu Kee which serves one of the most popular braised duck noodles in town, costs 2 credits as shown in Diagram 2.
New MealPal Membership Plans
Under the revised membership plan, subscribers pay an amount to purchase credits in their respective accounts. For instance, the 75-credit plan and the 125- credit subscription plan cost $99 and $155 respectively. This prices 1 credit in the range of $1.24 to $1.32, before any discount. Therefore, if a hawker meal can be redeemed at 2 credits on MealPal, it only costs between $2.48 to $2.64. Using the same Yu Kee braised duck noodle example, that is an immediate saving of approx. $1.50 from the usual price of $4, or a whopping 37% from the retail price!
It gets even better as MealPal has offered the readers of Heartland Boy an exclusive discount code that entitle them to a discount of 25% off their first plan! This means that the pricing for the 75-credit plan and the 125- credit subscription plan is now $74 and $125 respectively. This effectively reduces the cost of a credit to $$0.92 to $1.00! As an example, one of Heartland Girl’s favourite brands, Wafuken, can be had at approximately $7.36-$8.00 (8 credits) as shown in Diagram 4.
The inclusion of hawker food is fantastic as it adds depth to MealPal’s offering and allows its subscribers more variety in their lunch and dinner options. Without further ado, here’s the sign-up link for Heartland Boy readers:
Hurry as this promotion is only valid till 31 July 2020!
Membership Plan Renewal
As per the previous version, each plan lasts for a maximum of 30-day cycle. However, it would now automatically renew when there are less than 10 credits remaining or at the end of the 30-day cycle, whichever comes earlier. Therefore, if you have plans to cancel, do remember to unsubscribe ahead of the auto-renewal deadline.
Another added improvement is that half of the unused credits can be rolled over to the next cycle! This new flexibility is great news for subscribers who might be called for last-minute business travels. Besides the changes aforementioned, the business model of MealPal remains largely the same as per what Heartland Boy had described in his original article. If you have further questions, do refer to the FAQ section on its main website. Alternatively, write in to [email protected] and he would be happy to address your questions and share more in-depth on his experience (and even more tips) of using MealPal.
Disclaimer: Note that Heartland Boy earns a small referral fee for every successful sign-up within the promotion period.