Wednesday, November 10, 2010


The photograph above may not be that of the typical tiffin carrier but nevertheless this is a tiffin contest by Don't Call Me Chef of Star Publications in collaboration with Tupperware who will be giving away some juicy prizes. 

To all my fellow Malaysian on ~ cook it ~ take a pic ~ and bring the tiffin lunch back into your lives. 

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 toxin-free, 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.

All you have to do is:

Share with us your tiffin carrier stories; they could be anything from your memories of tiffin lunches, or a favourite dish you packed for school or the office.

Share your recipes with us.

Cook the dishes and snap a clear photograph (it must be high-resolution and at least 1,000KB) of the meal in a tiffin carrier/bento/container (but without the product name being visible).

E-mail us at or snail mail your entries to us at:

Don't Call Me Chef
c/o StarTwo
Star Publications (M) Bhd
Menara Star
15 Jalan 16/11
46350 Petaling Jaya

Closing date: Nov 21

Write up by Ivy Soon of Don' Call Me Chef.


La Table De Nana said...

They are beautiful those carriers!

pigpigscorner said...

I remember the stainless steel ones!

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely tiffin carriers

Mary Bergfeld said...

The tiffins are absolutely beautiful. I have aluminum ones that I use for pantry storage. Your photo is just gorgeous. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Linda said...

Zurin...I have never seen a tiffin as beautiful as your blue and white one. Not even when I was in India!

Sarah-Jane - said...

Pretty as a picture - Tiffin boxes may be an old design but are more perfect than ever to fit into modern day living.

Yin said...

Agreed with others what a pretty tiffin carriers you have there, what kind of material is this?

I don't have any, I prepare lunch box for hubby using tupperware, one for rice and two for dishes all three are separate container not tiffin, so a bit bulky for him.

Zurin said...


its porcelain. I bought it in Taiwan. :)perhaps you shd consider getting a tiffin carrier? :)


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