AllEat Weekly: Malaysian

Malaysian cuisine is a true reflection of the country’s multi-ethnic makeup, with three major ethnic groups, namely Malays, Chinese and Indians forming the majority parts of ethnic groups in Malaysia.
With historical migrations and previous colonial presence from foreign powers, Malaysia’s culinary history can be traced back to traditions of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and Bornean roots, with influences ranging from Thai, Portuguese, English, Chinese, Dutch, Arabian and British cuisines (to name but a few).

The result today, is a very diverse population with an incredible fusion of culinary traditions from numerous backgrounds which consequently form a symphony of flavours that make Malaysian cuisine that we know today, very diverse and complex. With 75,000 Malaysian-born residents in London – 21,209 in Greater London, and 11,331 in South East England – we can assume that Malaysian cuisine is quite popular in London.

If Malaysian cuisine is a novelty to you, it can be quite overwhelming to get started on food choices. In this post, I will be writing about London’s favourite Malaysian dishes so that you know whichever dish I mention here, will easily be available in London:

1. Nasi Lemak
Coined by some as Malaysia’s unofficial National Dish,
Nasi Lemak is one to add to your list.

A must-try. Often consumed for breakfast, this dish is quite versatile in that, it can be eaten in different times of day with additional sides such as fried chicken, rendang (I’ll get to it later on), and curries. Perfect. The dish itself contains steamed rice mixed with coconut milk and pandan leaves which create that rich fragrance and aroma.

2. Satay
We Brits know Satay skewers, and truthfully, we’re fond of it. As something we can’t go long without whenever in an Asian establishment, let me give some history behind this iconic sauce.

Coined as sate in Malay, derived in Indonesia, the satay sauce itself is served with unique variations in different countries; Nevertheless, Malaysia is often regarded powerhouse of the infamous Satay sauce made with peanut-based sweet and
slightly spicy sauce, with meats
marinated in local spices.

3. Mee Goreng
Also known as bakmi goreng, this constitutes one of the popular street foods in Malaysia which consists of fried noodles stir-fried in the wok with shallots, chillies, and soy sauce and garlic, often being served with chicken or shrimp. Known internationally, this dish truly is an insane fusion of spices where you can evidently see the influences of different culinary touches – a must-try.

4. Rendang
A slow-cooked dry curry infused with ginger, turmeric, kaffir limes and chilli, echoing sweet, savoury, and sour elements of the dish.

Complemented by the richness and creaminess of coconut as well as the pungent taste of asam keping (sour sun-dried fruit), this dish makes for an awesome dish easily eaten with either rice or roti (flatbread).

5. Nasi Goreng
Literally translated to ‘fried rice’, this dish is iconic (rightly so).

Simple enough, this dish is made with rice stir-fried with garlic, chilli, kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) making it an easy favourite street food, popular in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei. Tip: It’s popular to eat this dish with a fried egg on top, so don’t forget to order with it!

This post lightly touches on the countless variety and diversity offered by Malaysian cuisine which cannot possibly be summarised in a single post. However, these dishes are all traditional that both locals and tourists eat, so it’s a good starting point for anyone with no prior experience eating Malaysian food.

Luckily for you, the reader, here at AllEat we have countless options for Malaysian cuisine so you have an abundant amount of choices for you to enjoy, ranging from mild to spicy, sweet to sour. Whatever flavours your palate enjoys, we have it.

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Healthy Takeaway: London Edition

Let’s face it: the most common reason we order a takeaway is to treat ourselves.

Sometimes, we return home from work and we feel tired, or we had a bad day, the last thing we want to do is to cook up a meal – from whipping out the chopping board to washing the plates at the end, let’s just say it’s a hassle.

However, people generally don’t often order themselves a takeaway just so they can eat a salad (unless you’re a professional athlete). Nevertheless, the point of ordering a takeaway is to treat yourself to either your favourite foods or to try something new (perhaps something more exotic for your taste buds?)

Whatever your reason for ordering a takeaway may be, for those of us trying to maintain a healthy diet (without breaking the bank, obviously), this post is for you; In it, I will be writing about choosing your favourite cuisines, and suggesting healthier options for you.

1. Thai takeaway
Thai food is an incredible mixture of various ingredients that most often than not, one of the main ingredients acting as the backbone of Thai cuisine could be the legendary fish sauce which is actually very healthy, as it contains the vital nutrients contained in fish and fish organs, enhanced by fermentation.

Other healthier alternatives could include:
– Tom Yum soup (hot and sour soup) which is known for fighting against colds

– Stir-fry meats (lean meat preferable) with vegetables for a strong nutritional dish

– Salads (i.e. Som Tum) can include different fruits like papaya and some nuts. Thai salads are refreshingly mouth-watering combining different flavours that’ll remind you of Phi Phi Islands (go on, Google it).

2. Indian takeaway
Some days we feel like having an Indian takeaway just for the pure infusion of herbs and spices mixed together that create that exotic, spicy and flavoursome taste. If you don’t mind the calories, why not try a creamy curry that will neutralise the spicy and give you that rich creamy goodness, such as Masala, Pasanda and Korma.

Alternatively, healthier options can include:
-Chicken Biryani is a very good choice, and if you want to go the extra mile, you can request for the egg to be removed
(730 calories, 24g fat).

-If you’re adamant you need a curry, the best options are Chicken Jalfrezi and Madras for a balanced meal (try to swap the Pilau rice for boiled rice for fewer calories, if you’re into that).

– If you’re serious about it, the absolute best choice for you would be Tandoori Chicken with half a Naan bread or half portion of boiled rice (for those of you that are serious about gains).

3.     Chinese takeaway
Among one of the most popular cuisines in Britain, Chinese cuisine reigns at the top of the list. Although there’s a notion that Chinese food is often unhealthy, traditional Chinese cuisine would beg to differ. Nonetheless, Chinese cuisine can vary depending on the nature of the restaurant and the menu it provides, but luckily for you, there are a few tricks you can implement to ensure that you’re cutting down the calories as much as possible:

-A good choice would be Chicken Chow Mein (860 calories, 30g fat), as chicken provides good source of protein with minimal amount of fat.

-The ultimate best choice would be Szechuan prawns (589 calories, 14g fat) with either vegetables or half a portion of steamed rice.

– Preferably lean meat, a quality Chop Suey containing chicken would also be highly beneficial for those of you trying not to consume highly fatty foods.

-If you’re a sides person, I’d recommend ordering an additional crab and corn soup, steamed dumplings, fish, or vegetables.

   4.  Italian takeaway
For my fellow pizza and pasta lovers, this one is for you. I myself enjoy devouring a pizza all to myself, but sometimes, it’s refreshing to take a healthier route and we’ll help you decide which ones are better, so rest assured. Firstly, if you can, try to avoid highly caloric foods like garlic bread (I know, I know), creamy pasta sauces, and deep-pan or stuffed crust pizza bases.

Alternatively, you can swap those aforementioned with:
       – Hawaiian Pizza (772 calories, 26g fat): although the pineapple on pizza debate is best to be avoided, this pizza is actually one of the more healthier meat-included pizzas out there! Dig in, then.

–  Best choice of pizza, however, would be tuna, anchovies and olive pizza (403 calories, 15g fat) preferably with a thin-crust pizza base for a crunchy finish. Yum.

5. Chippy (Fish and Chips)
It’s not Friday yet, but we’ll still mention the beloved, infamous fish and chips. With countless places to choose from, you can choose a restaurant that best suits your dietary needs.

With this, we’ll recommend the following:
– Chips are life, but they’re not always the healthiest option. Worry not, swap those chips with potato scallops (if you’re feeling bougie, that is)

– An extra step would be to discard the soggy bits from the batter (contains the most amount of oil)

Side person, is that you? If you’re craving a vegetable alternative, try switching to mushy peas instead if you’re really trying (not as exciting as chips but, we’ll allow it).

– Foods to avoid in this type of cuisine would be steak and kidney pies (I know, I’m sorry too).

There you have it. These are simple ‘tricks’ to cut down on the unnecessary high caloric food without compromising your favourite takeaway because, after all, you’re not going to order a salad.
Nonetheless, dietary requirements are something that we at AllEat take very seriously in and pride ourselves in so rest assured that whatever food you order from us will arrive the way you ordered it.

Yep, we got you.

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Diversity found in Food

Londoners have a very curious palate – as a city and the capital of England, London has experienced exponential changes throughout the centuries, in every sense of the word. Culturally speaking, London now boasts 270 nationalities, with 300 different languages being spoken. Through years and years of constant change, London has evolved to be a city that has a history of welcoming foreigners from abroad, and making the small yet lively capital,
everyone’s new home.

With that, there’s been an influx not only of people from countless other countries, but also food from abroad – Different cooking methods and techniques, ingredients, and refinement of traditional homemade recipes throughout different generations. Consequently, this has meant that, with such a rich diversity across London, finding any type of cuisine – even previously unheard of ones – is no longer impossible. London truly caters for the world, from traditional cuisines to innovative cuisines that integrate traditional and modern innovative techniques that produce flavours nowhere to be found apart from London.

As a result, London is a capital that reflects a modern society where its social fabric largely depends on the rich diverse cultures all integrated together in a cohesive manner, with people from all over the world bringing a piece of their home to London.

At AllEat, we strive to reflect the rich diversity that London has to offer with discounts up to 50% off, making it possible for finding a specific cuisine a little bit easier and more accessible, helping to bring a little piece of home to London.

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AllEat Special: World Meditation Day

As a culture, we Brits don’t really encompass the practice of meditation in our day-to-day lives.
For many, it’s still a novelty, something that we’re slowly giving more importance to as we have increasing external factors affecting us differently everyday.

It’s easy to get lost in the chaos of everyday life particularly in a busy city such as London, that we sometimes need a reminder to take care of ourselves, and this post talks about the importance of incorporating meditation in our day-to-day lives, and with it, the benefits it brings to us:

1. Helps to reduce stress
Stress is very common amongst people, but it creeps up on us in ways that we’re not aware. Next thing you know, you’re feeling unsettled for no particular reason. Common knowledge suggests our understanding of how prolonged stress can have a negative effect on a person over the long-term can be harmful, but changes in our diet can help break this with foods such as vegetables (consumed in a persistent manner), yogurt, salmon (or any fatty fish) and pistachios (genuine excuse for a Turkish Baklava now, right?)

2. Controls Anxiety
Stress and anxiety can be interchangeably used, as the symptoms of each of these overlap with each other. A good incorporation of fatty fish and foods that contain a high level of Vitamin D (i.e. eggs) are great options for coping with anxiety better.

3. Lengthens attention span
Meditation is an excellent outlet for improving our concentration and mental focus – it acts as a mental exercise of your attention, as meditation trains your brain to keep focused for longer periods of time. In as little as four days, you can start seeing a slight change going into effect.

4. Improves sleep
Our mental health is just as important as our physical one, if not more, as our brain impacts every single aspect of our lives from how we interact with others and ourselves, to our outlook on life. If our brain is too active by the time we’re in bed, it will take a longer time for you to sleep. Therefore, meditation is a good way to calm your mind and to tell your body to relax, making it far easier to fall asleep.

5. Promotes Emotional Health
Finally, sustained and habitual meditation helps to cultivate a healthy outlook on life, which helps to make us feel better. Moreover, the practice and incorporation of meditation is an excellent way of promoting positivity, empathy, compassionate behaviour towards others but most importantly, towards ourselves (yep, we need it the most).

Whatever you reasons for incorporating the practice of meditation in your life may be, one thing is for certain – it brings countless positive effects to us in various ways. My outlook on meditation is this: I see it as a ‘pause’ in your day from everything that’s going on around you, be it work, family, friends, partners, or just external factors that are out of our control; It’s refreshing to have that ‘pause button’ once in a while, as it enables us to reflect on whatever’s going on at that moment and it keeps you calm focused, eliminating the daily stress which we regularly are burdened with.

Healthy nutrition and meditation complement each other very well, and at AllEat, we have countless options for healthier foods with both vegan and vegetarian choices available for you at any time, at the best price.

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AllEat Special: British Wine Week

For the upcoming month, the team here at AllEatApp are obviously excited to celebrate English Wine Week on May 25th.

 Here are the best foods that will act as the best accompaniment to specific types of wine, so let us guide you to the perfect meal (obviously involving wine):

 1. Sauvignon Blanc    
This crisp yet light white wine with citrusy undertones is the perfect drink with dishes that are full of flavour, often bringing out the herbs in a dish. Sauvignon pairs particularly well with poultry such as chicken, beef and pork, and seafood including scallops, fatty white fish, oysters, and sushi (don’t forget the wasabi on this one for some serious heat if you’re up for it).

2. Chardonnay
Chardonnay can come in different forms, so with that being said, you’ll have to pair it correctly with the right food. Nonetheless, as it’s a decadent wine with sensual body, in which its acidity makes it perfect to cut that richness from cream dishes. Poultry that goes well with this wine includes veal, chicken and pork, whilst for seafood it pairs well with crab, lobster, shrimp and specifically, halibut.

3. Riesling
Often very minimally sweet, with an adequate balance of acidity and sweetness, makes for a very food-friendly option – easy. In terms of poultry, it goes well with smoked sausage and duck breast, whilst for seafood includes sea bass and trout; Additionally, if you enjoy the occasional spice, this wine makes a perfect accompaniment to fiery dishes like Thai food.

4. Merlot
Often encompassed with juniper and mint undertones, this wine make a perfect pair with meats including grilled meats and steak, and seafood such as grilled fish and tuna. If you feel like ordering an authentic Italian Ragu (Bolognese), this wine would be highly recommended.

5. Cabernet Sauvignon
This full-bodied dry wine is perfect for meat. So whip that rib eye steak out for the perfect accompaniment. Also goes well with venison and beef stew, as the oak and tobacco undertones (smoky) are perfect for meat dishes. It also goes well with seafood, more specifically, grilled Ahi tuna. And if you fancy a sweet ending, you should go for that bittersweet chocolate – go on, treat yourself.

In celebration of British Wine Week starting on May 25th, this list should give you an insight as to what food pairs best with what wine. And better yet, if you’re already celebrating, why not do it right with a naughty takeaway with us at AllEat?

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