If we look at the Movement Control Order (MCO) in a different light, there are some silver linings.
With the MCO forcing many food businesses (including our favourite joints) to shutter - and not to mention the COVID-19 scare that we have on food delivery - we are left with just our own cooking skills to survive.
This stay-at-home period actually brings out the cook in us, even novice ones, because let's face it, we all have to eat no matter what happens around the world.
In fact, people in China, South Korea, and Italy, who have to stay at home due to the outbreak in their countries, have reportedly picked up cooking projects as new hobbies.
How cool is that?
To aid you along in this journey to prepare something edible to stave off your hunger pangs, several local chefs have taken to social media to share with you simple meals that you can make at the comfort of your homes.
We know that most of you guys have your pantry stocked with food items like canned tuna or salmon, chickpeas, lentils, nut butter, and pasta, so, we’ve compiled some of the recipes shared by these chefs to aid you along in your everyday meals.
While we have well-known chefs from all over the world whipping up their favourite meals for everyone to try out, we have our local cooking stars who are equally experienced as well. One such chef is chef Marina Mustafa.
She is a well-known chef who is capable of cooking traditional and unconventional dishes.
Banyak nya kentang didapur saya hari ni dan saya pula, terasa sangat nak makan Puri. Jadi, terpaksa lah saya masak Air fried Puri dan Pressure Cooked Aloo Matar untuk sarapan hari ni! Air Fried PURI Marina... 1. Letakkan 1 cawan tepung gandum, 1/2 sk serbuk jintan putih , 2 sb minyak sapi & 1 sk garam didalam mangkuk besar. 2. Tuangkan 1/4 cawan air kepada bancuhan tepung & uli sehingga menjadi doh. Rehatkan selama 15 minit. 3. Bulatkan 20 bebola doh dan leperkan dengan penggulung pastri. Cucuk kan disk doh dengan garfu. 4. Gorengkan puri didalam Air Fryer yang dipanaskan ke 200deg. Air fry selama 3 minit. ALOO MATAR Marina.... 1. Tekankan Sear/Bake di Pressure Cooker. Tuangkan 2 sb minyak kedalam inner pot. 2. Pijar kan 3 tangkai daun kari , 1 helai daun salam & 1 sk jintan putih. 3. Masukkan 2 bawang merah dicincang, 1 sk halia kisar & 1 sk bawang putih kisar. Tumis sehingga wangi. 4. Masukkan 1/2 sk serbuk kunyit, 2 sk serbuk ketumbar & 1 sk serbuk cili. 5. Masukkan 6 kentang dipotong dadu & 4 sb tomato puri. Gaul bersama. 6. Tutupkan tudung pressure cooker & pusing kan injap ke ‘seal’ 7. Tekankan ‘stim’ dan ‘start’ 8. Apabila sudah siap & stim sudah dilepaskan, buka kan tudungnya Dan perasakan Aloo Matar dengan 1 sk garam, 1 sk garam masala & 1/2 cawan kacang pis. Gaulkan dan tutupkan tudung balik. 9. Untuk menghidang, taburkan dengan daun ketumbar. #purirecipe #poorirecipe #puri #resipipuri #poori #aloomatarrecipe #alomatar #resipialoomatar #potato #kentang #resipiairfryer #resipimudah #resipi #resipipressurecooker #resipisenang #senangmasak #kongsiresipi #marinamustafarecipes #philipsairfryer #resipimarinamustafa #philipspressurecooker #philipsallinonecooker #philipsmy #philips_my #marinamustafacooks #marinamustafa #recipesharing
She also writes cookbooks (in Bahasa Malaysia and English), develops recipes for clients, contributes articles to newspapers and magazines, hosts cooking shows and conducts cooking demonstrations. Her social media feed is full of the dishes that she has made and she also shares recipes for her followers to try, especially during this stay home period.
Try her easy to make Puri and Aloo Matar (a potato dish) made with air fryer and pressure cooker.
Eina Azman is a local actress and influencer who has a passion for cooking.
She often features her cooking videos on her Instagram page to the delight of her close to two million followers.
If you browse through her page, you’d know that she is more than capable of cooking mouth-watering dishes, ranging from creamy salted egg squid, Seafood Tomyam Fried Rice and Macadamia Nuts Chocolate Chips.
Visit her Instagram page for other lip-smacking recipes you can try when you're bored at home.
Azie Kitchen is the trade name of the lady who is known as the number one food blogger in Malaysia.
Her blog of the same name is often the reference for thousands of wannabe cooks who want to whip up a sumptuous meal at home.
She mostly whips up traditional Malay dishes, but she also throws in cakes and cookies recipes here and there. In short, she has your main courses and desserts covered - the Malaysian way, of course.
You can also visit her blog here
for endless recipes that you can explore.
Mrs Lina Thomas (@mrs.lina.thomas)
Lina Thomas is a Malaysian living in the United States of America.
Although abroad, she almost always cooks dishes inspired by the local flavours, dishes like Sotong Goreng Kunyit, Masak Lemak Labu, Ikan Rebus Goreng and Pisang Goreng Sambal Kicap.
Every now and then, she also whips up western menus like chicken pot pie and mouthwatering desserts like Bombolinis.
Visit her Instagram page and have fun trying out the recipes. It's going to be really fun, we promise you!