We have countless options when it comes to food delivery from F&B establishments with services like GrabFood and Foodpanda always ready to fulfil your McDonald’s or Nando’s cravings.
Most of the food we get delivered comes from restaurants, cafes or fast food places. However, there are some food delivery services that serve more “homecooked” food.
Homecooked is usually defined as, well, food that’s cooked at home, but it can also be used as a term to describe food that is cooked or prepared in a traditional manner the way it’s done at home.
I would consider food cooked by individual home chefs or independent kitchens (not attached to a specific F&B establishment) to be homecooked, so here are 6 meal delivery services that bring you just that.
dahmakan’s in-house chefs cook up halal western and local cuisine like spaghetti and rice dishes, and you can also order sides and drinks to go with your main meal.
Recently, they’ve been offering combo meals whereby you can order a main meal that comes with a Starbucks drink, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, or a Tealive drink.
There are no vegan meal options, but you do get vegetarian and healthy options like pumpkin lasagne and even premium options like a baked salmon fillet. The price of items on their menu for a basic, single meal with no add-ons ranges from RM9.90 to RM35.
You can order a meal and get it delivered on the same day, as long as it’s within the delivery time of 9AM to 10:20PM, with multiple time slots to choose from. Dahmakan delivers every day of the week, including on Sundays and public holidays.
Outside of specific free delivery areas, there will be a minimum amount order you’re required to reach if you want free delivery. Payment can be made online or in cash upon delivery.
EatFun delivers Indian, Korean and local food from independent chefs and kitchens. If you’re a vegan, you’ll be able to easily find a choice of meals on the platform, and if you’re simply vegetarian, there are options, too. However, not every chef or kitchen on Eatfun is Muslim-friendly, as some do serve pork.
The menu is based on your location and based on the availability of chefs in your area on a certain day at a certain time. Orders have to be made one day before delivery, and the delivery time slots are from 10:30AM to 1:30PM for lunch, and from 6 PM to 8 PM for dinner.
EatFun has chefs available and delivers on Mondays to Saturdays, but you’ll have to check if there are any chefs in your area on Sundays and public holidays.
You can pay for your meal online or by paying cash in person to the delivery person, and there is no free delivery. Excluding delivery fees, a meal can cost you RM10 to RM19.
FoodNat’s cuisine consists of local and western dishes with some Thai and Vietnamese options. While they have a few non-halal dishes that carry pork, they have many more Muslim-friendly (but not certified halal) dishes that are actually prepared by Muslim chefs.
Besides main dishes, you can also order drinks, desserts and traditional kuih to complement your meal. A proper meal for one person will cost you RM4.90 to RM15.90.
Most of their dishes are for an individual, but specific to their satay, you can order it in bulk as catering for corporate lunches, functions and seminars.
FoodNat requires you to pre-order your food a day before delivery, and you can only order for lunch and dinner in between 12PM to 7PM. Delivery is also only available on Mondays to Fridays, and free delivery is reserved for orders above RM50 in total.
Hometaste has Thai, Hakka, Western and Japanese food for you to choose from. It outsources home chefs to cook food for lunch and dinner deliveries and catering. It is not strictly Muslim-friendly as there are chefs that serve pork.
There are 3 options of general meal deliveries for you to choose from: one-time purchases, subscription meals for dinner, and office meal boxes. Office meal boxes are lunch deliveries for an entire office, and the menu changes each month.
There is also an option for a healthy meals subscription where you can have healthier meals designed under the guidance of a nutritionist, personal trainer and executive chef. The menu for this subscription changes monthly.
Delivery is only available on Mondays to Fridays and Hometaste doesn’t deliver on public holidays. The delivery time for lunch is from 10:45AM to 1:30PM.
A standard meal for one person costs RM9.90 to RM25, and there is no free delivery for lunch meals. You can pay with cash upon delivery, bank transfer or cheque, and their website says you’ll have the option to pay using an e-wallet soon.
Homey specialises in personalised nutrition by dieticians, which means their meals are tailored to an individual’s specific health requirements. Their food options that include vegetarian and Muslim-friendly dishes come in 4 categories:
- Therapeutic and specialised meals where you give details on your health status and medical condition, and dieticians will contact you for personalised meal plans to meet your dietary needs;
- Simple healthy meals where you have a flexible subscription plan of 5, 10 or 20 days, the freedom of choosing your delivery dates, and a rotating menu with meals that start at RM16 per meal (depending on the chef and delivery area);
- Weight management meals where the plan is identical to the one above;
- And corporate wellness meals where each employee in your office gets a healthy lunch bento, a health talk, a nutrition consultation, and is put through a weight loss program.
An individual meal on Homey can cost RM 12.90 to RM21 and you’ll need to pre-order your meal one day before the delivery date. Homey delivers from Monday to Friday, except on public holidays, and the delivery times are dependent on the individual chefs/kitchens.
Shogun2u’s cuisine is Muslim-friendly Japanese and fusion, cooked up by its in-house chefs. Besides ordering meals for one, you can also put in corporate orders.
The dishes on this platform come with 2 prices, a member price and a retail price. For members, dishes cost a little less, ranging from RM8.90 to RM25.90. For the same dishes, the retail price for non-members ranges from RM11.90 to RM39.90.
Free delivery is also only available for members whose orders exceed RM60 in total. There’s also a 6% service tax calculated into your bill upon checkout. You can order food from Shogun2u on Mondays to Saturdays (excluding public holidays) from 11AM to 9PM.
These 6 options offer quite a variety of dishes that come from different cuisines. You also have slightly cheaper options and Muslim-friendly ones. Only one service is certified halal, and it’s Dahmakan.
For an overview of the 6 homecooked meal delivery services, here’s a table that lists out the basics:
|Service||Cuisine||Price Range (RM per meal)||Free Delivery||Delivery|
Days & Times
|dahmakan||Local, Western||9.90 – 35||Specific areas||Mon – Sun|
(9AM – 10:20PM)
|Eatfun||Indian, Korean, Local||10 – 19||No||Mon – Sat|
(10:30AM – 1:30PM; 6PM – 8PM)
|4.90 – 15.90||Orders > RM50||Mon – Fri|
(12PM – 7PM)
|Hometaste||Thai, Hakka, Japanese, Western, Local||9.90 – 25||No||Mon – Fri|
(10:45AM – 1:30PM)
|Homey||Local, Personalised||12.90 – 21||Yes||Mon – Fri|
|Might serve pork|
8.90 – 25.90
11.90 – 39.90
|(Members only) Orders > RM60||Mon – Sat|
(11AM – 9PM)
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