Can’t do the extreme healthy diet of green salads, quinoa and cold-press juice cleanses?
Don’t fret, there are many different ways to get to your health and fitness goals. Know that different people get to them differently.
If food, flavour and price points are important to you, then The Bowls may be your perfect solution to eating healthier in a convenient and affordable way in KL. Here’s why.
How The Bowls Began
With humble beginnings, The Bowls has evolved from market testing in pasar malams to a brand of healthy, convenient and affordable Asian-style food with branches popping up all across KL and Selangor.
The brain child of Tang Ching Huei and Eddy Wong, the duo have created a pretty awesome line of Indonesian, Thai and of course Malaysian style dishes, all eaten from the comfort and convenience of a bright orange take away bowl.
We are fans.
Healthy, familiar comfort food that’s affordable and comes conveniently to our office or doorstep? Sign me up puh-lease!
What makes The Bowls Special?
I think the The Bowls stands out in terms of quality and taste of the food they prepare and most definitely, the price is a win as well.
You can get a pretty awesome meal here that tastes great AND fills you up with all the nutrients you need for less than RM10.
Now this is the affordable healthy eating that we’ve been looking for.
Take their Chicken Teriyaki for example. Cooked with Teriyaki sauce made from scratch, a bowl of this, of substantial portion will set you back only RM9.30.
Plus, there is no MSG or preservatives in action at The Bowls’ kitchen. Just meats pre-packed in the right portions which are then cooked on the spot upon order being placed.
It is an Asian take on healthy food, designed for the Malaysian diet and for those who cannot survive without their rice or noodles.
By all means, if you have to, take your much needed carbs, but you can be rest assured that you’ll be getting the protein and greens you need if even if you opt for a Ramen noodle bowl here.
Since convenience is key here, deliveries are aplenty at The Bowls. So if you’re located at KL up to PJ, you’ll able to summon these bowls to you!
Why The Bowls is perfect for health and fitness enthusiasts?
The Bowls opts out of the extreme end of health food.
Instead, it takes on the role of prepping healthy, every day, tasty dishes, familiar to Malaysians, giving them a bowl of balanced nutrient components that they will thoroughly enjoy.
They definitely do not compromise on taste.
Going with what they know, The Bowls creates food sets that are composed of real ingredients, minimally processed and absent any MSG.
What’s more, they use hydrogenized alkaline water that makes their soup-based dishes taste extra special.
Unlike our usual ‘chap fan’ (mixed rice) spots that bathe every dish in MSG for the sake of flavour, The Bowls try to keep everything as natural as possible. So you have the balanced protein, carbohydrates and fibre portions similar to the ‘chap fan’ meal, but minus all the artificial ingredients.
Which makes The Bowls a great option for Malaysians trying to improve their diets to start eating healthy!
Four Must Tries at The Bowls
The Bowls Must Try #1: Chicken Teriyaki Don (RM9.30)
A crowd favourite, the Teriyaki sauce here is magnifico.
The rice used is a mixture of brown rice and Calrose Japanese rice. Again, doing what they do best, a mixture of healthy and tasty.
The sauce here is brewed with actual chicken bones, making full use of familiar Malaysian spices and using only brown sugar. And the dish is finished with broccoli, spring onion, carrots and half an egg.
Definitely hits the spot!
The Bowls Must Try #2: Teppan Chicken Spicy Miso Ramen (RM10.40)
I’m not sure how, but The Bowls has managed to create a Malaysian style miso soup that tastes pretty epic!
Paste made on their own, with Malaysian chilli padi blended in, this soup borders on unhealthy, only because it tastes so good!
It’s a very comforting sort of broth that feels like a warm hug to your taste buds.
Talk about healthy comfort food.
The ramen was also quite tasty actually, it didn’t give off a processed aftertaste, but was soft and supple, going extremely well with the broth and the chicken slices that were also cooked together with the soup.
The Bowls Must Try #3: Saba Teriyaki Don (RM12.50)
Let me just tell you of the whiff I got when the Saba fish was served right off the grill. Get a load of the sweet scent of charred fish skin emanating off the top of the bowl.
And it tastes as good as it smells. Very natural of course. You ordered fish and you’ll get fish, none of the excessive marinating of sweet sauce that overwhelms the fish’s natural flavour.
The dish is dressed with broccoli, steamed carrots and an egg, drizzled with the same delicious homemade Teriyaki sauce.
Here is where you get your daily essential protein, fish oil from the Mackerel, rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, accompanied with your fibre requirements and rice as good carbohydrates to keep you going throughout the day.
The Bowls Must Try #4: Chicken Gyoza 5 PCS (RM9.30)
This was admittedly my favourite dish because I really appreciate the simplicity of flavour.
Each dumpling, handmade from scratch, with a mash of minced chicken with ginger and Chinese cabbage, this dish is simple in taste and authentic in preparation.
Loved every bite, tastes natural and the slight drizzle of Teriyaki sauce sealed the deal for me.
The Bowls’ Upcoming Promotions
So what’s new for The Bowls? Well, they have a new outlet opening in Bangsar South beginning of February, so you Bangsar folk will be able to get fresh, nutritious and natural bowls of Asian dishes delivered daily!
Not jealous at all here in Sunway, just saying.
And their Yee Sang series launches for CNY 2018! Last year it was voted by Malaysian foodies as top 10 Yee Sang options in Malaysia.
So definitely something to look out for!
If you want to order a set for your family, a heads up to pre order 3 days before. Everything is made fresh, and will only last 1 day in fridge.
Prices start at RM58 for the smaller portion and RM138 for the large.
Get your mouthful of happiness here at The Bowls!
For other healthy eats options around KL, here’s Kurin with their selection of healthy cuisines for the busy adult working about the city of KL.
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