Saturday, January 3, 2015

HappyTime Kitchen Lunchbox Deliveries

The 'Eat Clean' movement has gathered massive momentum in the past year, with numerous new delivery services that promise wholesome lunch boxes sent straight to customers' offices & homes. We recently tried out the offerings of HappyTime Kitchen, an initiative by a team of Malaysian health coaches.

 
HappyTime dispatches its food Mondays through Fridays to the surroundings of Kuala Lumpur's city centre & Bangsar, with a selection that changes everyday, ranging from the likes of garlic-baked salmon to tomato-cooked chicken breast, black pepper beef to crispy tofu, costing mostly between RM11.90 & RM13.90 per fairly priced box for pre-orders.

 
We like how each box is packed with plenty of components, complex enough to make them nutritionally fulfilling. Meat, grains, nuts, boiled eggs & veggies - everything still tasted satisfyingly fresh when we consumed this an hour after obtaining our order. The hearty meals are capably executed, so the protein remains moist & the fibre isn't distressingly limp or soggy.

 
Flavour-wise, HappyTime has space for fine-tuning. Since these recipes rely on less salt, sugar & oil, the kitchen needs to work on herbs, spices & various seasonings to bring out the flavours of its fare. While these meals aren't exactly bland, they're not quite memorably punchy enough either so far. But HappyTime is open to feedback, so we're optimistic things will improve.

 
It's likely that some customers might demand a diversity of more interesting ingredients in these boxes as the weeks go by. Others might seek free-range poultry, sustainably caught fish & organic vegetables, but those will cause costs to escalate. For now, HappyTime seems to be targeting customers whose budget restricts them to lunches below RM15.

Thanks to HappyTime Kitchen for inviting us to try their lunch-boxes. Ordering details at facebook.com/happytimekitchen
Delivery is complimentary for orders above RM50; otherwise, there's a RM5 charge.

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37 comments:

  1. I'd pay for that! Prices are unexpectedly affordable! I am waiting them to expand their biz to Penang :P

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    1. Ken: yeah, the prices are a plus point for happytime :) hopefully you'll have healthy lunch deliveries in penang sometime this year :D

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  2. feel like ordering the salmon set!

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    1. 女飞侠: it's quite a large slice of salmon in there! :)

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  3. but Sean...how to order ahh? any contact?

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    1. You can find the ordering details at facebook.com/happytimekitchen :)

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  4. I love this concept, Sean!!! The food looks delicious, nutritious and is well presented. I am wondering...what happens with the containers when the customers finish their food? To my knowledge, plastic or anything that has food debris on it is not recyclable. For example, pizza boxes cannot be recycled. All in all, I really love this concept. If the containers are not recyclable perhaps they could come up with a container that is either reusable or recyclable and just charge a couple of dollars more?

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    1. Linda: that's a good question that i didn't raise with happytime's owners ... i hope they read your comment and think of a plan based on your suggestion. thanks! :)

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  5. It's a promising idea - hopefully they can tweak the flavours to attract more people. I am sure some hearts would appreciate a few nasi lemak-free lunches ;)

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, there's a good variety of choices for kl's office workers looking for wholesome lunch deliveries nowadays :)

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  6. That's nice! I love the compartments. Not too fond of them dumping everything on everything else and the rice at the chap fan places. Food looks great, not the usual run-off-the-mill stuff!

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, those compartments help to improve the presentation and keep the food nicely separated in sections. i did appreciate how a lot of effort was put into making these meals :)

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  7. I don't know if it's a good or bad thing that a lot of these "clean eating" delivery services that popped up either don't service my neck of the woods in PJ, or the delivery charges (with or without a minimum order) just makes me think: Erm, the nearby char kuey teow/chap fan lagi senang lah.

    I've only ever tried The Chopstick Diner because The Fix in The Gardens sells a few of the meals there. I probably would rather have this option for people who don't want to pay the delivery charge or are not in their delivery range without a minimum order.

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    1. SC: i think later this year, you might find a couple of new services delivering around PJ :D but yeah, personally, i prefer the freedom of choosing each day what to eat, instead of relying on a delivery routine, but that's just me :)

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    2. SC: looking forward to a healthy delivery service someday that doesn't require pre-orders, to encourage spontaneous orders :)

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    3. Definitely, haha :D

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    4. Dear Lim,

      I am YQ from HappyTime Kitchen, where is your location at PJ?
      We promised in the early March, we will able to cover 50% of PJ area.


      Coach YQ

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    5. Dear Lim,

      We are now deliver to PJ Area, Check us out at www.HappyTimeKitchen.com
      Cheers!

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  8. Providing healthy lunch boxes at affordable prices seems to be mushrooming these days :)

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    1. Contact.ewew: and we'll definitely see more of these services pop up in 2015 :)

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  9. Awesome! I hope they deliver to Ampang! hehe

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    1. Ciki: ooo, maybe not to the farthest reaches of ampang, but jalan ampang should be OK, heheh :)

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    2. They will reach my office! Hehehe.
      But most of the time I would like to walk out for lunch. Change an environment from office.

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    3. CK: heheh, ya, i think it's nice to leave the office during lunch, especially since your office is very near a lot of good places to eat :)

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  10. That makes a colorful lunch box!
    The food looks healthy too. Really convenient for working ppl.

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    1. Melissa: ya, very vibrant and attractive colours :) yup, if i was still working in the office in kl, i would consider this :)

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  11. Sean, Good news, we are now covered PJ and Mont Kiara area.

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