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By now, we’re pretty sure you’re already one step closer to becoming a master chef at home. You want to make full use of your time at home by learning how to cook, trying out new recipes and even be creative in the kitchen. But we understand cooking is not for everyone.

Here’s where we come in with a little help from local restaurants and cafes who are providing starter packs to inspire you to make your own meal — especially if you’re already running out of ideas on your next food delivery.

1. VCR

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VCR has launched Home Starter Packs to inspire its customers to prepare a cafe-quality breakfast during their home quarantine. These packages include VCR’s staple sourdough, chipolata sausages, turkey ham, tomato bean sauce granola and strawberry coulis. Create your very own ‘big breakfast’ by adding your favourite ingredients like eggs, avocado, leafy greens, mushrooms and tomatoes. You can also find the step-by-step instructions on its Instagram page.

Available for self pick-up or delivery

Addresses: 2, Jalan Galloway, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur / 31, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Phone: +603-2202 1115


2. Butcher Carey

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If you already have bottles of wine delivered to your doorstep, plate up a perfectly cooked steak to go with it — just for some self-satisfaction at home (at least you can say you made it yourself). Butcher Carey offers the perfect cut for you to choose from. Simply add butter and a sprig of thyme into a hot pan, sear the steak on both sides for a couple of minutes according to your preferred doneness, and let it rest for a while before serving with sides of mash, roasted vegetables or cauliflower rice.

Available for self pick-up

Address: A-0-10 Plaza Damas 3, 106, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Phone: +6019-338 0811


3. Little People

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Miss having fresh pasta and couldn’t be bothered to make them from scratch? Little People offers freshly-made pasta for you to cook at home — fuss-free. There are three handmade pastas available, including tagliatelle, pappardelle and pink beetroot pasta — each comes with a choice of carbonara, pesto or slow-cooked tomato sauce. Each starter pack is good for three servings. Throw in additional ingredients like bacon, sausages, seafood and vegetables to give it your own twist.

Available for self pick-up or delivery

Address: G-01, Avantas Residences 162, Jalan Klang Lama, 58200 Kuala Lumpur

Phone: +603-7971-9209


4. Skillet X Beta

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Chef Raymond Tham and his team at [email protected] and Beta KL are dedicated to sharing some love through food with their food delivery services as well as the pre-packed DIY Menu featuring signature dishes from both restaurants. Once received, you need only two steps in your own kitchen to put together a fine dine-worthy meal. We especially love the Foie Gras, Pan Seared Scallops with Lawas Risotto, as well as the Confit Pongteh Duck Leg. For dessert, the Musang King Durian Mousse is an indulgent treat to go with a glass of cognac. Here’s your chance to show off some culinary skills to your significant other, especially for any celebrations at home.

Available for self pick-up or delivery

Address: 163, Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur, 10, Jalan Perak, 50450 Kuala Lumpur

Phone: +603-21812426


5. Char Line Asado + Bar

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Beat the queue at the grocer and have Char Line prepare the meals for you and your family. The South American-inspired wood fired grill restaurant and bar has prepared six handy MealBox options for you to have a bit of fun as you lock down your cooking skills during the quarantine period. Simply select the choices (cooked or uncooked) and specify the number of pax required. Among the six are Cherry Tomato Linguine with Wild Rocket, Steak Sandwich with Bone Marrow and Caramelised Onions, Crab and Cream Cheese Tortellini with Soy Butter Sauce, as well as the vegan-friendly Eggplant and Tofu Rice Bowl.

Available for self pick-up or delivery

Address: Plaza Damansara, 43, Ground Floor, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur

Phone: +603-74905327

This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia KL

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Martin Teo