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Chef-in-Box VendCafe opens second vending machine cafes at Ang Mo Kio MRT station, on June 13, 2017. — Picture by Esther LeongChef-in-Box VendCafe opens second vending machine cafes at Ang Mo Kio MRT station, on June 13, 2017. — Picture by Esther Leong

SINGAPORE, June 14 — The vending machine culture may be growing roots here. The latest vending machine cafe opened at Ang Mo Kio MRT station yesterday and is the second such cafe in Singapore.

The first opened at the void deck of a HDB block Sengkang West in August 2016.

The Chef-in-Box VendCafe at Ang Mo Kio MRT station offers residents in the area a range of cuisines from local favourites like Fried Carrot Cake and Nasi Lemak, to international options from Thailand, Japan, Spain and Italy, and has over 90 boxes of ready-made food in both hot and cool options.

“(The dessert) actually tastes like those that can be eaten at (foodcourts) in shopping malls, so I’d give it easily an eight or nine upon ten,” said Sherlyn Lim, 19, who tried the Mango Pomelo Sago dessert.

Among the curious passers-by who stopped to check out the new cafe opening was Azizah Beevi.

The 29-year-old customer service officer who was on her way home from work said: “It’s something new, something I’ve never seen before,” adding that it provides “more options compared to some (convenience stores)”.

Ang Mo Kio resident Susan Tan, 53, said she was quite pleased with her purchase of the Hainanese Chicken Chop with rice.

“It’s very convenient being right outside the MRT and I will be back.”

The VendCafe at Ang Mo Kio MRT station is open daily from 7am to 11pm, and the meals are priced below S$6 (RM18.51).

Chef-in-Box launched its first residential vending machine cafe in August 2016 at the void deck of Block 320C along Anchorvale Drive as part of a year-long pilot project from Spring Singapore and the Housing and Development Board (HDB).

Operated by JR Vending, the company behind Chef-in-Box machines, the VendCafe is meant to provide residents and diners with more around-the-clock food options. — TODAY

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