Cover Photo: Vaya Life

If getting takeaway from your neighbourhood hawker or restaurant has become the norm during MCO, perhaps it's time to invest in a tiffin carrier for long-term use. It's never too late to minimise single-use packaging

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The Hive Bulk Foods

Available in pretty shades of pastel, these tiffin carriers from The Hive Bulk Foods brighten up the task of getting takeaway. Tailored to single-person households and families, each two- to four-tier tiffin has metal catches that snap on tightly, preventing leakage for the most part.


RM92 – 124


TATLER TIP: Take advantage of The Hive Bulk Foods' free shipping for orders above RM100.

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The Tiffin Company

What was once utilised by the working classes to keep their food free of flies is now a fashion accessory—models have strutted down the runway toting The Tiffin Company's collection. Striking a pleasing balance between form and function, these tiffins were hand-painted by local artisans, and informed by traditional Baba-Nyonya prints.


RM49 – 199


TATLER TIP: For every order of a tiffin carrier throughout the MCO period, The Tiffin Company will include a Kebaya-shaped keychain for free.

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Tyffyn By Vaya Life

When former Apple executive Vashist Vasanthakumar quit the tech world, he turned his full attention to modernising the humble lunchbox. Thermally-insulated tiffin carriers, which maintain your food's temperature hours later, are Vaya Life's signature product, although we're also fans of the BagMat—trendy enough to turn heads, the invention unfolds into a table mat for minimising mess.


RM164 – 226


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Yat Hang Trading

Considered a non-essentials store, the legendary Yat Hang Trading is closed for the time being, but the popular Chinatown haunt is worth a visit once Malaysia's MCO is lifted.

Fun fact: Rather than have trophies made, the annual Fay Khoo Award presents their winners with tiffin carriers from this century-old store. The ones depicted above were a plain buttercup yellow before Lisette Scheers of Nala Designs gave them some artistic flourish.


Around RM88


169, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, Kuala Lumpur | 03-2072 5907

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Zebra Cookware

"If you're reluctant to splurge on tiffin carriers with Nyonya designs, go for the basic silver ones," advises Mark Ng, co-founder of Simply Enak. "Anything from the Thai-Malaysian brand Zebra is reliable. The bottom tier should have thicker walls for saucy dishes or soup, whereas the top two tiers are traditionally for dry dishes."


RM60 and above


See also: Support Your Local Hawker Stalls By Ordering Takeaway From Them