Tif­fin mo­ments

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The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FOOD -

LONG be­fore there were plas­tic bags and dis­pos­able con­tain­ers, tif­fin car­ri­ers were used to store and carry food. Tif­fin car­ri­ers are stack­able, multi-tiered con­tain­ers that are looped to a han­dle with latches on the side. The sep­a­rate con­tain­ers al­lowed for the dif­fer­ent dishes to be stored sep­a­rately, and it usu­ally even comes with a plate.

Orig­i­nally from In­dia, it was in­vented as the carry-all for work­ers to pack their lunch to take to the of­fice.

In Mum­bai, In­dia, there is a highly ef­fi­cient ser­vice that delivers tif­fin lunches to of­fice work­ers and school­child­ren. Dab­bawal­las (mean­ing one who car­ries a box) col­lect tif­fin boxes from homes, and de­liver them to of­fices, and then re­turn them to the re­spec­tive homes.

Tif­fin car­ri­ers are also used here, and else­where in Asia. They are usu­ally made of stain­less steel, or enamel.

Tif­fin car­ri­ers are suit­able for pack­ing Asian meals, as we can keep our rice, curry or soup, and other dishes sep­a­rately. We also use them for noo­dles, pack­ing the noo­dles, gar­nish­ings and gravy in dif­fer­ent con­tain­ers. These tif­fin car­ri­ers are not only func­tional but en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly as well.

In­spired by the tif­fin car­rier, Tup­per­ware is launch­ing its BYO (Bring Your Own) Ta­Pau multi-tiered con­tain­ers, which are de­signed to hold our favourite soup-based noo­dles and rice dishes. As with all Tup­per­ware Brands prod­ucts, it is made made from safe, non-toxic, non-car­cino­genic and mi­crowave­able ma­te­ri­als and do not re­lease harm­ful chem­i­cals to food or liq­uid con­tents. The BYO Ta­Pau Set also re­duces plas­tic waste and garbage. It is tox­in­free, and is an eco-friendly al­ter­na­tive to plas­tic bags, sty­ro­foam boxes and dis­pos­able con­tain­ers.

In con­junc­tion with the launch of this prod­uct, Don’t Call Me Chef will be cel­e­brat­ing the tif­fin car­rier in our next is­sue. We’d like you to join us, and share your favourite tif­fin lunch recipes.

Tup­per­ware is giv­ing away a RM1,000 ham­per of its prod­ucts, in­clud­ing the BYO Ta­Pau con­tain­ers, to the senders of the three best en­tries. We’ll also be fea­tur­ing the win­ning recipes in next month’s Don’t Call Me Chef.

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