In hindsight, dining in a crowded restaurant and enjoying food with loved ones was a luxury many of us have taken for granted. Who knew something so simple as being around people could be something we missed so dearly? If you're bored of your weekly rotation of recipes, try out these food kits prepared by some of KL's well-loved eateries and bring the restaurant experience to your home. Most of the kits involve simple steps and require minimal effort to put together. Best of all, everything is pre-portioned and prepped so there's no wastage.
Entier French Dining
Entier’s single-serve home cooking kits are convenient and require minimal effort to assemble. The selection includes two pastas: the escargot and beef ragout with hand-made semolina spaghetti and toppings. For dessert, try the restaurant’s signature chocolate soufflé — made with 70% single-origin Pahang chocolate — which only requires seven minutes in the oven. Step-by-step instructions are included in each kit.
Pick-up, 11am-8pm. Order here
If you’re missing out on group dinners, the award-winning Darren Teoh-helmed restaurant has recently introduced a “happy meal” that feeds up to four people. Dewakan, one of the first restaurants to introduce food kits to ease our cooking chores during MCO, has added braised beef short ribs glazed with roselle and curry leaves to its list. Teoh usually sources his ingredients from homegrown farmers — you’ll be helping them tide through the disruption of food distribution and supply chain.
Order here. Delivery from 4-6pm. You can also tag #CookLikeDewakan to show them your version of the dishes you ordered.
Your social media feed doesn’t need to look so drab anymore now that VCR is delivering Home Starter Packs, which include sourdough, chipolata sausages, granola, turkey ham and tomato bean sauce, to recreate the perfectly Instagrammable big breakfast. The café has also extended its food kit menu to include pastas (pesto or lamb bolognese) and muffins for dessert. Java junkies would be pleased with the coffee selection too — VCR has introduced a concentrated espresso solution that you can dilute with water or milk for your caffeine fix.
Nathalie Gourmet Studio
If you're running out of ideas to keep the kids entertained, have them join Nathalie Gourmet Studio’s Cookie Challenge and bake up a storm over the weekend. Order the cookie set and have a box of premium ingredients — enough to make 45 cookies — delivered to your doorstep. The chef’s recipe, adapted for children, is also included in the box. Allow your little bakers to get creative with shapes and decoration and post their creations on Instagram before April 30 with the #ngscookiechallenge and tag @nathaliegourmet. The best three bakers will win a free cooking class with Chef Nathalie at her cooking studio when the MCO is lifted.
Cookie Set, RM150+. Call 03 6151 6610 or email [email protected] to order. Winners will be announced on April 30.
Food deliveries just don’t seem to cut it when you have an important occasion to celebrate. Instead of ordering in, lay out your fancy dinnerware and prepare a three-course meal with Skillet and Beta KL’s home DIY kit. Select your choice of appetiser, main and dessert and receive your prepped ingredients individually packaged. Follow the easy steps attached and serve up a fine meal at home. The set comes with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut Champagne for RM518 or a bottle of Terrazas Reserve Malbec for RM288.
SkilletxBetta Three-Course DIY Kit, RM518 or RM288. Additional pax at RM140. Delivery and pick-up, 11am-7pm. View the menu and order here. Whatsapp 019 212 1240 for more info.
Assemble your own beef or chicken burger with myBurgerLab’s Home Kit, which comes with the restaurant’s signature charcoal buns, your preferred protein, sharp and white cheddar slices, pickles, jalapenos, two sauces and green salsa — enough for four burgers. Kits ordered from the Seapark, Bangsar and MyTown outlets come with a complimentary pint of Inside Scoop ice cream while orders from Sunway and OUG enjoy four additional buns and patties for the same price.
myBurgerLab Home Kit, RM80. Delivery and pick-up,11am-6.45pm. Limited quantities available per day. Order here.
Baking is a therapeutic activity best enjoyed solo but decorating a cake — especially if a birthday celebration is around the corner — makes a fun session with the family while staying at home. The aptly named MCO Cake by Inside Scoop comes with a 5” Valrhona chocolate and vanilla bean ice cream cake, as well as toppings such as chocolate sauce, crushed caramel biscuits, peanut chunks, sprinkles, crushed Oreo biscuits and rainbow marshmallows to construct your personalised dessert.
Available for pick-up and delivery in Klang Valley. Pre-order here.