Ditching bad eating habits and breaking your humdrum dining routine is no easy feat. Spoilt for choice when it comes to food in Malaysia, one is guaranteed a delicious meal but not necessarily a healthy one. Temptation is everywhere and the struggle to find diverse and nutritious meal options is all too real at times. This is especially true when you are keeping up with a busy schedule, or it can simply be that you’re just plain lazy about getting a meal organised (we hear you).
If you find yourself nodding in agreement with any of the above, then food delivery is your answer! Healthy and convenient, there’s no excuse not to start eating clean today!
Do note that those with * are halal friendly.
1. Food Matters
Food Matters may be new to the food delivery scene but its founder and chef, Alexandra Prabaharan, certainly isn’t. A certified nutritionist and former food editor, her passion for healthy food led to the creation of Lunch2U, which has since been fine-tuned and redeveloped as Food Matters.
What makes this food delivery service stand out is its user-friendly website; beautifully laid out with mouth-watering photos of wholesome dishes, meal descriptions with lists of health benefits and even the nutritional composition of each dish.
Keeping the service hassle-free, Food Matters simplifies the ordering process by getting customers to sign up/create a profile through which they may subscribe for a certain number of meal credits per month. Meals are available for as low as RM10 and Food Matters even has a mobile application for added convenience.
Dishes Offered Include: Tom Yam Pasta with Tempeh, Curry Leaf Pesto Pasta with Mushroom and Chicken, Mediterranean Fish Parcels, Vegetarian Quinoia Bibimbap and Falafels served in Pita with Garlic Mint Yoghurt.
2. Chopstick Diner
Chopstick Diner is the home-grown creation of Elaine Ho, a passionate foodie with a background in food science. Inspired by her experience studying in Australia where healthy food is abundant, she turned her food blog into a platform selling healthy salad lunchboxes.
Chopstick Diner’s colourful website is certainly easy on the eye and as you browse through the menu, the word ‘fresh’ comes to mind. Dishes are priced at RM16 and delivery is free for orders of RM50 and above (otherwise a surcharge of RM5 applies).
Dishes Offered Include: Vietnamese Chicken Salad, Roasted Eggplant and Pumpkin Salad with Tahini Dressing, Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken or Smoked Salmon and Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls (great for sharing).
3. Rebellious Chickpea
The Rebellious Chickpea, run by formally trained chef Allison Xavier and Edeareena Nor, presents delicious and nutritious dining options for health conscious KL residents.
It will probably come as no surprise that the signature dish offered by this delivery service is (*drumroll*)… Chickpea salad! If you need a mid-week thrill to get over ‘hump day’ then Rebellious Chickpea’s Surprise me Wednesday could do just the trick! Meals are priced at RM16 each. Check out Rebellious Chickpea’s yummy all-natural snacks too.
Dishes Offered Include: Manhattan Clam Chowder, Thai Mango Clam Salad with Quinoa, Waffle Kampung Chicken with Maple Syrup, Mushroom Soup with Truffle Oil and Bread, Teriyaki Mackerel with Miso Rice, Cranberry Kampung Chicken with Quinoa, TRC Vegetarian Burger and Beef Skewers with Pita Bread.
4. DISH by ili
DISH by ili’s unique presentation of wholesome feasts in tiffin carriers is what sets this food delivery service apart. Ili Sulaiman had such success with the start of this venture that she was able to quit her job and focus on the food delivery business full-time.
DISH by ili offers weekly menus of local dishes that have been made from scratch, without the use of any preservatives. Of course, if you’re looking to order individual portions, that is possible too. Individual dishes are currently priced at RM16, whilst sharing portions (2 – 3 pax) are priced at RM90.
Dishes Offered Include: Fragrant Grilled Thai Style Green Chicken, Ayam Masak Kicap, Slow Cooked Duck in Soy, Peranakan Chicken Pongteh, Succulent Grilled Teriyaki Chicken, BBQ Lamb and Beef Bulgogi
5. Dah Makan*
Dah Makan, the brainchild of ‘crazy foodie’ Jessica Li and cofounders Jon and Chris, brings value-for-money wholesome gourmet lunches and dinners right to your doorstep. Dah Makan takes busy office-bound customers on a culinary trip around the world with the team’s curated selection of dishes and flavours inspired by their own travels abroad – there’s no risk of getting bored with this ever-changing menu!
The website is full of drool-worthy food photos and meal prices listed currently vary between RM18 – RM22 (inclusive of GST). Whilst that may seem like a costly meal to some, we encourage you to think of how much healthier it is than eating oily and fried foods everyday. Health is wealth, people!
The ingredients and number of calories in each dish are listed for you (perfect for anyone keeping to a specialised diet). There is no minimum order required within the Klang Valley and delivery is free. Try out a few dishes and if you find yourself ordering on a regular basis, consider getting yourself a pre-paid package for flat rates on meals and other benefits.
Dishes Offered Include: Vietnamese Seared Beef with Rice Noodle Salad, Grilled Thai Curry Fish with Wild Rice and Siew Pak Choy, Honey Lime Grilled Chicken Breast with Toasted Mushroom Barley ‘Risotto’ and French Beans, Grilled Perch on Cous Cous with Roasted Eggplant and Zucchini and Mexican Chicken Taco Bowl with Brown Rice and Avocado.
6. Good Grub
Good Grub was born of a desire to encourage people to eat better and prove that honest, healthy food can also be delicious. Each meal on the weekday menu has been designed to meet a guideline of 350 – 550 calories with largely organic ingredients and without any artificial flavouring.
If you’re a new mum, you may also like to try Good Grub’s Milk Boosting Cookies and Mommy Snack Mix. Meals are priced at RM20 each, unless you place an order for two meals at RM18 each. There is no minimum order required and delivery is free for selected areas.
Dishes Offered Include: Vietnamese Calamari Salad. Quinoia Kerabu Salad with Spicy Garlic Prawns, Veggie Pasta, Indian Spiced Shrimp Salad, Teriyaki Chicken Quinoia Salad, Chicken Meatball Pasta, Veggie Meat-less Loaf with Sweet Potato Mash and Soto Ayam with Spirulina Noodles and Sweet Potato Patties.
7. Eat Clean KL*
Eat Clean KL by Khairena has a weekday lunch menu of dishes made with fresh produce, minimal salt and no MSG.
Whilst Eat Clean KL doesn’t have a website, it does have a Facebook page that you can refer to for weekly menus. Orders can be placed via email. There is a minimum order of two to five dishes, depending on the delivery location.
Dishes Offered Include: Thai Beef Salad. Chicken Wrap with Salsa, Oven Broiled Tandoori Chicken in Wholemeal Chapati. Spirulina Noodles with Salmon and Brussel Sprouts, Sweet & Sour Singgang Tenggiri, Veggie Burger and Chunky Beef/Chicken Bolognese with Assorted Veg on Wholewheat Spaghetti.
8. The Naked Lunch Box
The Naked Lunch Box gives busy KL-ites the option of ditching cheap and oily fast food with its delivery of healthy ‘no nonsense food’ boxes. ‘Naked’ refers to the fact that all its dishes are free of artificial sweeteners, softeners and preservatives.
The Naked Lunch Box even offers raw, paleo, vegan, low sodium, gluten-free and dairy-free options – great for anyone with food sensitivities and diet preferences! The menu has a range of dishes with adorable names and each lunch box comes to you with a delightful hand written motivational message – because we all need a little encouragement now and then.
Dishes are priced between RM12 – RM22 and a delivery charge is dependent on the amount you order.
Dishes Offered Include: Galaxy Box, Beat the Heat, Muscle Pack and Buckwheat on Fire. Dragon Box, Paleo Caesar, Taco Salad and Mulan.
Yumcious is a ‘community for foodies’ and a platform for people to try their hand at selling what they cook or get sensational food by other talented chefs delivered right to you.
The site features fantastic fare by recognised local chefs, wellness practitioners and several food delivery startups – guaranteeing a decent variety of cuisines.
Yumcious currently serves lunch (with a minimum order of RM15) to customers within the area of Kuala Lumpur and some major parts of the Klang Valley at a delivery cost of RM4 or RM5, depending on the amount ordered.
Dishes Offered Include: Grilled Chicken Panzanella, Spicy Seafood Olio Mussels and Salmon, Buttermilk Chicken and Rice, Nutella stuffed french toast. Japanese Goma Organic Pasta with Smoked Salmon, Slow Cooked Duck in Soy, Roasted Whole Leg Chicken with Pumpkin Puree and Sauteed Garden Vegetables, Honey Soy Spiced Chicken Wings and Vietnamese Roll with Five Spiced Pulled Chicken.
10. HappyTime Kitchen
HappyTime Kitchen is part of the healthy eating movement and was set up by a team of passionate health coaches. Hearty breakfast and lunch sets are part of 3 or 5 day eating plans that are nutritious, pleasantly filling. Check out the HappyTime Kitchen Facebook page to get an idea of its weekday menu offerings and submit an order or call to find out what’s available. Delivery is free for orders above RM50, otherwise a fee applies.
Dishes Offered Include: Chicken Breat Set Meal, Beef Set Meal and Baked Salmon Set
Eating clean has never been easier
The abundance and variety of food in Malaysia can work against us at times, making it really challenging when you’re hungry but trying to stick to a particular diet. One moment of weakness is all that is needed to take a tumble on your journey to a healthier you. Eliminate that risk and let these food delivery services look after your tummy and your health! Treat yourself to delicious meal that is hassle free and doesn’t require you leaving your home or office!