5 Easy Recipes To Make At Home During Movement Control Order

And they can be Instagram worthy too!

Last night, our Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced the Movement Control Order that would be in effect starting tomorrow, March 18th to March 31st. All businesses will be closed, except for Essential Services which includes shops selling food and daily necessities. YES! You can still buy groceries like any ordinary day and cook at home. Instead of focusing on what you can’t do (dining out at restaurants, hanging with your friends at karaoke bars), you can still cook with your family, play board games indoors, and work from home (yay!).


Here are 5 easy recipes you can try at home today

1. DIY Instant Noodles with (Added Ingredients) of Your Choice

Photo: @ramenboy_sh (Instagram)

When calamities like an earthquake or flood strikes, instant noodles are sent in huge amounts in relief efforts as emergency food aid. We witness firsthand in today’s partial lockdown, instant noodles are the first to get cleared off the racks. Well, I’m sure we’ve all heard our moms said: “Eh, you think eat instant noodles very healthy is it?” Now, you can try to balance it out and have fun with it by adding your favorite ingredients!


  • Penang White Curry Mee instant noodle or any noodle of your choice really
  • Fish balls
  • Vegetables of your choice (i.e. bak choy, cabbage)
  • Fresh shrimps
  • Green onions

2. Berry Pancakes

Photo: @the_peach_delirium (Instagram)

I know. We love noodles and rice, but yo sometimes we have to take a break from them! Why not some pancakes to break it off in between? Of course, pancakes are usually a breakfast idea, but you can get creative and turn this into an afternoon tea party – partnering it with some English Breakfast or a chai latte! And plus, aren’t they Instagram worthy?


  • Pancake mix
  • Nutella
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Maple syrup

3. Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner in Bed Style

Photo: @terryscafelondon (Instagram)

You can never go wrong with this Big Ben Style Breakfast! Well.. unless you burn your toast. Cook all things till it gets the charred, grilled “feel”. Ok, if you want to stay healthy.. maybe cancel the fries. Serve this to your family who’s also working from home like you, and they will give you a pat on the shoulder! For best results: roast mushrooms and tomatoes in the oven after grilling it on the pan.


  • Toast
  • Hashbrowns
  • Ham
  • Canned Beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggs

4. Tacos

Photo: @foodforgirlfriends (Instagram)

The prep work can take up some of your time, but trust me, when you indulge in it after all the “hard work,” you will thank me later. Eating tacos is super fun because you can experiment the different flavors by adding OR subtracting your preferred ingredients! Almost like a wrapped-up pizza, or a small scale burrito. And if ever go to New York City (after Covid-19), check out Los Tacos No.1! It will change your life.


  • Grilled chicken breast or meat of your preferred choice (i.e. beef, turkey)
  • Grilled green peppers and onions
  • Jalapenos
  • Pineapples
  • Guacamole – Mashed avocados mixed with cut onions, tomatoes, lime juice, salt and pepper. Chill for 1/2 hour to blend flavors.
  • Salsa (Pico de Gallo) – Fresh tomatoes, chile peppers, red onion, cilantro, and lime.
  • Soft or hard shell tacos

5. Ginseng Chicken Soup

Photo: @heykessyl (Instagram)

This is not only a time to refrain from getting sick, but also a time to build up your immune system! And what better way there is than to slurp on some herbal soups. Ginseng chicken soup is one of the most popular healing soups in Chinese cuisine and traditional medicine. For generations, the Chinese believe that it helps improve brain function and memory, strengthen immune system, replenish Qi and blood deficiency, and many more benefits! (Noodles and bihun are optional.)


  • A1 Chicken Soup spices packaging
  • 1 chicken: cut into 4 or 8 pieces
  • 8 red dates
  • 2 tablespoon goji berries
  • 4 pieces garlic
  • 2 spoons soy sauce
  • 1 liter water

What are you going to try first? Tag us on Instagram @kl.foodie for a chance to be featured!

And…don’t forget to wash your hands before indulging in all these homemade goodies! Keep in mind: dining out might be canceled for the next two weeks, cooking for your love ones, reading, self-care, relationships are not canceled! Do your dues in social distancing, but don’t forget to give your friends a text/call!


Read for more info: Movement Control Order Malaysia

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