I’m actually a huge fan of ordering food in—food of my choice delivered right to my doorstep, at a time of my choosing, as I wait for the food lying around in my shorts. Bliss.
There is one caveat to this lazy fantasy however, as the selection of many food delivery services can be somewhat limited.
I just want to have some of my regular food places available for delivery, especially even more local-centric food.
As the name suggests, Malaysians voted for their favourite local eateries from a shortlist—over 5,000 people casted their votes.
Held between August 10th until August 20th, the top 13 local restaurants with the highest votes formed a whole new category on the app: The People’s Pick.
There is quite a variety of local options that have now been added to GrabFood’s list as part of the campaign, so if you’re reading this at work and you’re feeling hungry: read on.
1. Lorong Seratus Tahun
Known for its Penang Curry Mee, the restaurant came from humble beginnings. In 1960, the business started as a little hawker stall, which has grown into the multi-outlet franchise you see today.
If you’re in the Petaling Jaya vicinity, good news: the SS2 branch is one of the top 13 restaurants. Keep in mind that availability of restaurants on GrabFood is subject to your location as well.
2. Soong Kee’s Beef Noodle
If you’re from the Klang Valley, and you enjoy a steaming bowl of beef noodles, you’ll have heard of this one. Turning 72 years old this year, the restaurant is tucked away in the city centre on Jalan Tun HS Lee—be careful to avoid peak hours as the restaurant can get pretty packed.
But now you won’t have to queue outdoors, as they’ve been chosen as one of The People’s Pick for the KL City Centre region. Their signature dish is their egg-noodles that comes topped with minced beef and pork, as well as special spices and seasonings.
Moving slightly away from the local cuisine, next on the list of #MyLocalFavourites is a café in the Mont Kiara region.
Famous for its brunch selections with a focus on using healthy and natural ingredients, Breadfruits is located in Desa Sri Hartamas.
The portions are pretty big, so expect your appetite to be fully satisfied even if you’re a big eater. Whether you’re craving pasta, eggs benedict, or fresh fruit juices, western brunch is pretty much covered at Breadfruits.
4. Apam Balik Nusantara
Those in the mood for some sweet local flavours won’t go wrong with Apam Balik Nusantara in Kampung Baru. Focusing their entire menu around the beloved apam balik, the guys from Apam Balik Nusantara serve up a huge variety of the sticky, and fluffy or crispy snacks with 36 flavours to choose from on GrabFood itself.
Their most popular choices include the timeless jagung kacang (corn and peanuts), jagung durian (corn and durian), pisang coklat kacang (bananas, chocolate, and peanuts), and pulut hitam (black glutinous rice).
The huge variety of the beloved local dish is nothing to scoff at, but what about the taste? The highly positive reviews left on Google suggest that there’s something special to be had.
5. TNR by Sean & Angie
TNR offers a unique take on char siew. Instead of your usual rice or wantan mee, the char siew is often paired with Hakka noodles, and this goes amazingly well together. If you’re a connoisseur, reviewers often rave about how their char siew offers a sufficient balance between caramelisation and meat.
With favourites such as Hakka Noodle Original with minced meat, Premium Char Siew & Chicken Rice and also Hakka Noodle Premium Char Siew, it’s more than enough char siew to keep your belly satisfied.
Something For Everyone
I’ll say this: whether or not you fancy some of the restaurants that are now on GrabFood as a result of the People’s Pick campaign, there’s something in there for everyone. A quick skim through the merchants list brings up several restaurants that check quite a few boxes off my usual go-to list.
For local cuisine, you have Curry Mee, Nasi Lemak, or you can even satisfy your sweet tooth with some Apam Balik.
Personally, my next order will be from Ravi’s Banana Leaf, an Indian restaurant that prides itself on its authenticity. I’m a huge banana leaf fan, but this will be my first time getting it delivered—anyone want to share some rice and fish head curry with me?
If you’re feeling like some brunch on a Sunday morning but can’t bring yourself to get out of bed (we don’t judge, everyone likes to sleep in on the weekends), there’s more than enough eggs benedict and sausages to go around.
I’ve always been a fan of more local-centric, laid back restaurants. The biggest gripe for many with food-delivery services has always been the rigid selection.
That said, with the huge number of restaurants (1000) and wide variety of cuisines available on the GrabFood app, I’m now spoilt for choice with local favourites.
So have a little culinary fun exploring the app, see what everyone else likes, and eventually vote for what you want. Isn’t that what democracy is really about?
This article is written in collaboration with Grab.