ICYMI, the Malaysian government has officially announced a partial lockdown effective from March 18th until March 31st. While supermarkets and essential retail stores will still be open – there’s no need to hoard and stockpile toilet paper! – most restaurants are opting to close operations and resort to takeaways or deliveries. During times like these, relying on these food delivery services in Kuala Lumpur will be essential.
You might not have been in time to shop at the supermarket thanks to the panic buyers out there, or perhaps you’re not so good in the cooking department. Whatever your reason, be glad that food delivery services like these still exist, and you don’t have to starve your way through these two weeks.
We’ve listed some food delivery services in Kuala Lumpur below that we feel are good and reliable. Some have many restaurants under its repertoire – hello Grab Food – while some are independent places that serve up healthy, whole foods. After all, who says you need to binge on processed food while on a partial lockdown?
Every Malaysian and their grandparents know what Grab Food is – if you haven’t used it before, now’s a good time to start. There’s a whole host of restaurants available on Grab Food depending on your location, from easy snacks like bubble tea and tau foo fah to proper restaurant dining including Madam Kwan’s, Din Tai Fung, and more.
Dahmakan – which means, “Have you eaten?” – is one of the early proprietors of independent food deliveries in KL. The food delivery company is still going strong today with a whole menu of healthy-eating dishes ranging from Western offerings to locally-inspired food. During this partial lockdown period, the company has stepped forward to say that it will continue to be operational, so order away for lunch or dinner.
A brand new food delivery company, Cooking Good is all about ready-to-eat meals that are balanced and healthy. Forget those instant noodles that most are hoarding – you don’t have to compromise on your diet even if you’re quarantined at home. For now, Cooking Good is having a promotion where you can pre-order 10 meals for only RM140 – that’s five days’ worth of meals without needing to rack your brains on what to eat.
Formerly known as Epic Fit Meals Co., the brand has since revamped itself to be Epic Food Hall with a chain of online food halls comprising Epic Fit Meals Co., Pak Adam’s Nasi Lemak, New York’s Patty & Toast, and Warong Panda. What this means is that you and your home companions will have the flexibility to order different kinds of cuisine from local dishes to burgers and pizzas — all within a single order. With the new restricted movement law in place, the food hall’s brick-and-mortar shops will be closed but food delivery services are still in place.
No, you won’t be participating in the South Korean variety show. Instead, you’ll be able to order food delivered to you within 60 minutes. RunningMan has been cited as one of the most affordable food delivery apps out there with no minimum order as well as delivery fees as low as RM1. The number of restaurants available for deliveries is immense and includes many halal options too.
The Naked Lunchbox is also one of the older, independent food delivery companies out there focusing on healthy, whole foods in its lunch boxes. The brand has been practising the same ethos throughout the years with delicious, familiar flavours packaged into healthy meals. During harrowing times like these, it’s still business as usual over at The Naked Lunchbox with recipes adjusted to include more immunity-boosting ingredients. Subscribe to the five-day eat clean package and you’ll go for five lunches without worrying about what to eat.
The good people behind PichaEats have announced that it will be business as usual for them, and this time they will be offering meal packages designed for families and smaller groups. For the uninitiated, PichaEats is a platform where refugee families sell homecooked food native to their countries to Malaysians. This includes chefs from Syria, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq, Pakistan, and more. Explore the world through their cuisine, delivered right to your doorstep.
This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia KL