Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Meraki Kitchen: Gourmet Lunchbox Deliveries

By Aiman Azri

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If you can't get to food, let food come to you. And if you can't decide what to eat, let Meraki Kitchen make your lunch hour totally hassle-free. This delivery service offers a different recipe everyday, from Monday through Friday, changing their menu every week. This means customers will receive a brand-new dish each weekday - perfect for keeping boredom at bay.

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We sampled a couple of Meraki's recipes from earlier this month: The Italian Herb Bruschetta Bowl is packed with spicy lime rice, juicy herb-crusted roast chicken, roasted sweet potatoes and carrots, corn with chillies, garlic, tomatoes and basil - in other words, plenty of nourishing goodies in a single serving. The individual flavours are subtle and nuanced, teasing the palate lightly, punctuated by an aromatic, garlicky finish at the end of each mouthful.



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The Korean Chicken Bulgogi Pasta Bowl is a mix of bulgogi-style chicken, chopped cabbage, shredded carrots, sesame seeds, fresh pear, and pasta coated in Korean spicy peanut sauce. Again, the chicken performs well - tender and meaty, filleted into substantial, satisfying strips. The pasta is firm and smooth, with the vegetables adding much-appreciated, slightly crunchy textures. The sauce is markedly rich and sticky, conveying a pleasant nuttiness.

In both 'bowls,' the ingredients are fresh, filled to the top, and arranged neatly, appetisingly bright and vibrant in their own way.

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Photo of Colin and Ronald courtesy of Meraki Kitchen

According to Meraki Kitchen (Meraki is Greek for doing something with heart and soul), their initiative had its roots when co-founder Colin Lim began delivering food to his girlfriend for her workday lunches. Her colleagues became interested in her lunches, and soon, he was delivering meals to them too. He then partnered up with Ronald Tee, testing their concept for three or four months before launching Meraki Kitchen. Colin and Ronald jointly come up with their weekly menus, though Colin is responsible for the actual food preparation. They believe that what we consume daily has a crucial impact on our well-being; therefore, Meraki Kitchen creates meals with health and nutrition in mind.


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Meraki Kitchen delivers on weekdays, 11am to 2pm, with free delivery to Mont Kiara, Sri Hartamas, Damansara Heights, Bangsar, Mid Valley and KL Sentral. Other KL and PJ areas have a delivery charge of RM4, but this fee is waived if you order three or more boxes. Dietary concerns and special requests can be accommodated; all food ingredients used are halal. Each meal costs RM16.

To order and check out their latest menus, look up Meraki Kitchen on Facebook, Instagram or contact 017-368-9615. Orders must be made by 7pm on the eve of the delivery. Many thanks to Meraki for making our lunch a happy one.

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6 comments:

  1. I like the box! Food looks really good too...and so do the guys! Handsome young men.

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    1. Suituapui: all in all, they seem to be doing a good job! :)

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  2. I'm glad that my dining options are quite a lot here near my office because RM20 (include the delivery charge) is definitely not cheap =.="

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    1. Choi Yen: yeah, though quite reasonable when you consider the costs of operating the business with good ingredients and delivering to customers :)

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  3. That's the unfortunate thing Sean. The general population would consider RM20 /meal expensive, yet splurge on a Venti without batting an eyelid. Good luck to these guys and the rest of the food delivery services out there for cooking healthy, tasty meals and offering delivery and all...

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, there are many delivery options to choose from, and it's a challenge for these businesses to operate in a landscape where most folks would choose one of the fast food deliveries or foodpanda for convenience and variety. but folks like meraki kitchen definitely do good work that's worth supporting.

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