Written by Batrisya
If you’re reading this from the comfort of your home, I’d like to firstly say, thank you! Thank you for staying indoors and keeping yourself and others safe from this pandemic that has since affected our lives and distanced us from loved ones.
The easiest way you can express your love to your loved ones is by first and foremost taking care of your health and well-being. On top of protecting ourselves externally (staying indoors and washing our hands regularly), eating healthy is also key to ensuring a healthy immune system.
Although we can still go to our neighbourhood supermarket for groceries and household essentials, why not #staysafe by not leaving the house at all and supporting some of our local grocers and stores which even deliver to your doorstep within Klang Valley? You might find some items that are already sold out at big chain supermarkets and now’s the time to support local businesses too!
1. Skip the recipe books, there’s ready-to-cook essentials just for you – MyGroser
From fresh vegetables, organic condiments to pet essentials, MyGroser is one of the many simple-to-use online grocery stores that you can use to get your groceries. They offer a same-day delivery which means you won’t have to wait a week later for your goods!
They even have a Ready To Cook section that has Western and Asian inspired meal kits, so you can save a lot of time searching for recipes when MyGroser has one set just for you!2. They convert chemical farmers to organic farmers: Everleaf
Everleaf has one mission and one mission only – getting local chemical farmers to embrace organic farming. With Everleaf, not only are you getting chemical-free veggies and fruits, but with every purchase of their box, it’s a step closer to a zero-chemical produce market for years to come.
Environmentally conscious and delivering fresh-from-the-farm products, Everleaf is a definite recommendation from us, and you can place your order anytime! 😉
TripCanvas’ tip: Every Thursday, they update a new list of veggies so if you really want the most out of your grocer, take note!
3. Buy everything from your shopping list at half-price! – Signature Market
Sometimes when we’re shopping for groceries, we look at certain items and think, “Hmm should it really cost this much for a jar of honey?” And honey, you’re right, it shouldn’t cost you more than RM200++ for organic honey (especially how it’s affecting the bee industry).
Luckily for you, Signature Market buys over 500 organic products directly from manufacturers, and sells it for half its price with no retail markups! So instead of paying RM 200 for a jar of honey, you can get it for as little as RM 99! And they ship nationwide!
4. Fresh seafood straight from Pulau Ketam! – My Seafood Mart
When I go grocery shopping, I usually prefer to buy my seafood at a local farmers’ market. But ever since RMO (Restricted Movement Order), it’s a lot harder now to get fish that’s fresh off the boat.
With My Seafood Mart, you can get fresh seafood online and delivered to your door with 100% Money Back Freshness Guarantee. How can you check if your seafood is fresh? Check out their guide here! They also provide tips on how to store your seafood as well!
5. Need some fresh halal poultry? – Supreme Frozen
Having one option of frozen seafood market isn’t enough, so here we got another one for ya! Supreme Frozen is another store I stumbled upon, and not only do they sell seafood, but they also have frozen food, beef and chicken. You can order all of them here! For all the Muslims out there, rest assured all meats are Halal-certified!
6. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – Graze Market
Update: Graze Market is currently temporarily closed.
For some of us, when we spot a blemish, or a light dent on a vegetable, we instantly think “Oh no, this one isn’t good”. Unfortunately, because we judged it by its looks (sorry Mr Potato) we tend to throw out these vegetables when they’re actually still good to eat.
At Graze Market, they turn one man’s trash into another man’s treasure by offering to sell these ‘imperfect’ fresh produce at a discounted price to the public. And if you aren’t satisfied with your veggie, you can always get a refund!
7. Craving for something fishy? – Bonfisken Seafood Market
Bonfisken Seafood Market is another fresh from the sea seafood market I came across and it has extra specialties as well, like caviar and roe! Mmm yummy…You can trust that their quality is top-notch as they’ve been in this ‘fishy’ business for over 25 years!
They also serve as direct importers for many F&B outlets and five-star hotels! Their products come in vacuumed sealed packs and can last up to 5 months. All products are halal-certified as well!
8. Why not skip the junk foods and go for organics? – Why Not Organic?
Can’t find the specific brand of product you’re looking for? Why not check out Why Not Organic, a platform where you can find brands like Baby Bio Organic, Vitamont, Mogli, NaturGreen and more!
They represent 28 premium organic brands around the world and together they help supply organic and eco-friendly products to you. Their delivery may take a while though, about a week or so (bear in mind that deliveries may be affected by RMO) so in the meantime, you can stock up your fridge with other stuff from our list!
9. The whole town is buzzing about this zero-waste store – The Hive Bulk Foods
I’m sure most of you are probably familiar with this brand. They are known for being the first zero waste store in Malaysia that sells everything from food to household items, personal care and lifestyle products. And get this, they are eco-friendly as well!
They also work with local organic farmers, women entrepreneurs, refugees and other social enterprises as part of their CSR (corporate social responsibility) and every time you purchase their range of refugee handmade products, you are also contributing to charity! How awesome is that?
10. An apple a day keeps the doctor away – Carzo
Looking for one of the freshest fruits around? Carzo delivers just that, and their business is not only limited to just here in Malaysia! They are also known outside of the region and have been delivering their fresh fruits around the globe for 18 years.
You can have your fruits in any way you want, like ones that are ready to eat, fruit juices and even dried fruits! Just download the app and you can get a free delivery for orders above RM 100!
11. It Dusun hurt to share a little kindness – Dusun
How do you express your love to your loved ones without even seeing them? Sometimes a little surprise goes a long way.
Put a smile on their face and make their day by gifting them a fruity gift hamper! Skip the fancy chocolates, because right now, health is wealth! Generosity is all that we need right now in this time of crisis, and Dusun can be your messenger of peace. Delivering fresh fruits and veggies right to your doorstep and your loved ones on the same day – ‘Dusun’ that sound nice? 😉
12. Packed meal kits with all ingredients you need! – Agrofresh
Have you ever walked into your kitchen and just stood right in the middle, thinking of what to cook? You have all the recipes in your head, but can’t figure what it is that you want to make? Not sure even if you have all the ingredients?
Agrofresh has meal-kits with all the ingredients you need to cook your desired dish of the day, such as Tom Yam soup, Stir Fry Vegetables with Lemon Ginger sauce, and more! They even have pre-cut vegetables, so you don’t need to go through the messy process of prepping your food!
Special Mention 1: For all the cookie monsters out there – Kintry Food co.
Are you a midnight snack monster? I know I am! Here’s a local brand that brings the love for family and the love for baking together.
Michelle Chai started off baking goodies with her daughter at home for fun, but she quickly discovered that she could do more than that! Now, straight from her kitchen and into our homes (aka our stomachs), Kintry Food co. is a household name.
You can find all her bakery goods like granola and her famous Salted Egg Yolk potato chips on shelves of almost any popular supermarkets like Ben’s Independent Grocers!
Special Mention 2: Crack a cold one with the gang – Drinkies
This may not be a local brand, but for some who need a little beer or two while being stuck at home, we got you covered!
Drinkies can deliver your ice cold brew right to you within an hour of your request, so you won’t need to take a trip down your local liquor store to grab some. They have wine, beer, soju, many other varieties of spirits and alcohol and even drinking games too! Bottoms up!
Although the circumstances are challenging, we’ll try our best to make the most out of what we can and help support local brands. This shouldn’t stop us from spreading kindness and humility towards one another in this time of need. Tip your delivery driver if you have a spare change and remember to stay safe!