Before I gave birth, both me and hubby discussed and we decided to take confinement…
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Chinese mums in Singapore usually take confinement quite seriously. We believe that a well-rested period of time during confinement can help in building our health. I find it quite true since we have just gone through some challenging changes physically for 9 months.
It’s just that I do not follow entirely the Chinese traditional confinement method. :p I still enjoy my showers a lot!
Okay, I know it has been 6 months since I’ve given birth. It’s been quite busy for me, and the ideas for posts just got shelved further and further backwards everyday lol.
Anway, here’s a short review of Thomson Medical Centre’s (TMC) confinement catering!
As I was searching for confinement meals reviews last year, I find very little information around. I hope this short review will be helpful for you!
Please also do not mind the messy photos. I was really just trying to rush through my food most of the time lol (like IKR!).
For my #1’s time, I ordered from Natal Essentials, and felt that their food was okay. Not too salty nor oily, and the best of all is that they do not use MSG in the cooking. However, I grew bored with their menu, as the food was repeating for 3 weeks. There is a different variety of food only during 1st week and 2nd-4th week.
Therefore, I was quite determined to get a caterer with quite a wide variety of food haha!
I was quite impressed with the menu from TMC, and of course the papaya fish soup! However, I had also read 2 reviews online on bugs/fly in the confinement food from Thomson Medical centre, and was very hesitant.
I wrote in to Thomson Medical Centre to check on this issue. I found their reply quite prompt and sincere (bug found in batches of herbs, and supply of herbs was then changed), so I went ahead to order the 28 days confinement food. Plus, I have some discount since I have the SBI card from Thomson. It turned out great for us!
For Thomson’s confinement meals, it was very convenient. Ordering can be done via their website, and I just need to activate it 2 days before discharge from the hospital. Payment was charged to credit card, so I didn’t need to pay by cheque or cash on the first delivery.
I was truly impressed with their menu and the quality. I appreciated that the food was quite mild in seasoning. That went really well with my palate. Variety was great as well.
If I were to compare with Natal Essentials, the TMC confinement soup came more concentrated; Natal Essentials one tasted “watered down”. However, the quantity of food served seemed to be smaller for TMC. That said, the food was enough for 1 pax. I also like that the food came in thermal containers, as I have grown to be quite wary of hot food packed in plastic containers now ;p
Some of their proteins include grilled salmon, stir fry sliced fish, steamed ribs, and baked herbal chicken. Vegetables include kai lan, broccoli, chinese spinach, stir fry chayote, and baked pumpkin. I also quite like their black chicken soup, pig’s stomach soup, and lemongrass chicken soup.
Every meal was accompanied with 1 thermal flask of longan red date drink, which I can never seem to finish lol.
The only hiccup that happened was that I couldn’t manage to open 1 of the thermal containers for 1 meal, I called the hotline up, and their assistance was very prompt and polite. Since there is no way that I can open the container, they gave me an extra dish for the next meal.
Overall, I did enjoy the meals, and the delivery uncle was very polite too. In fact, I fell in love with stir-fried chayote, baked pumpkin, and some other dishes which I wouldn’t have tried if I didn’t have to eat them!
So yes, if given me a choice, I wished I ordered from TMC for the confinement food during my #1’s time too!