Vendmart by Giant – Largest (food) vending machine cluster under one roof
Want an affordable and fuss-free meal? Looking for a wide variety of food? No time to endure long queues at hawker centres in the scorching heat?
Say hi to VendMart, Singapore’s largest vending machine cluster featuring the widest variety of unique vending machines. This vending machine cluster was launched on 11 October 2017 by Giant, the ubiquitous supermarket chain in Singapore.
VendMart is the result of a collaboration between Giant and local companies to bring together 17 vending machine concepts.
One of the goals of the initiative is to support local start-ups and entrepreneurs by giving them an avenue to promote their brand and products.
Foodies will be delighted to know that many of the vending machines there dispense food. And not just your same ol’ packet and processed food such as potato chips, but foods that you could previously only find at restaurants and hawker centres.
Food such as crabs, in all its different saucy glory (salted egg yolk, black pepper, chilli)…
Pastas, including chilli crab spaghetti
There are also drinks as well, such as freshly squeezed orange juice (watch our Facebook video to see the machine in action)
And herbal teas.
Now, you’re probably wondering how the food dispensed by these machines taste. Well, you’re definitely not going to get restaurant-quality food here, as a bite into the pizza basically made clear to us, but as far as vending machine foods go, the food’s pretty good. Many of the machines do come equipped with special features that help preserve the quality of the food before it lands in your hands (and into your stomach). The Shiok Pizza machine, for example, has an inbuilt oven to bake the pizza before it dispenses it; and some other stations, such as House of Seafood’s one, warms up the dish of your picking for two to three minutes before dispensing it.
We were most impressed by the Q-orange vending machine, which keeps oranges in a temperature-controlled environment to make sure the oranges are as fresh as possible before they are squeezed.
VendMart will be housed at Giant Tampines and Giant IMM hypermarkets till December 2017.
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