How to save a life…

In the past, Father worked and provided for the family. Mother stayed at home to clean, wash, cook and take care of the children. Sometimes, dad had to be at work all day and he had to bring his lunch along in the morning or it had to be delivered later – be it to the padi field, the plantation or the shop. This was where the tiffin carrier came into the picture…

Tiffin carrier 1

You can click this link to watch the very touching video of one of my favourite songs. There is a scene where the daughter sends her father his lunch in a tiffin carrier. Sadly, in this modern day and age when both parents are working, the daily meals for the family have been pretty much neglected and children would patronise fast food restaurants regularly and this has given rise to weight problems among the youth in many countries. Perhaps everyone can think about going back to the tiffin carrier and buy wholesome balanced meals from the food outlets that consist of protein such as fish or meat…

Tiffin carrier - roast chicken

Tiffin carrier - char siew and roast pork

…and vegetables…

Tiffin carrier - brocolli and mushroom

However, it may be a bit expensive and also, some people may worry about the amount of monosodium glutamate (msg) that is usually used. Alternatively, it might be a better idea to hunt around for somebody who does it at home, in which case you will be able to have more affordable home-cooked meals. For around RM250 a month, you should be able to get two protein dish of meat…

Tiffin carrier - steamed minced pork

…or fish or other forms of seafood…

Tiffin carrier - fried fish

…one vegetable dish such as this one…

Tiffin carrier - fried bean sprouts

…or this…

Tiffin carrier - fried cabbage

…and a soup. That should be enough for at least 2-3 persons for 2 meals. Then, on weekends, you can consider cooking some special delicacies to give the whole family a special treat and that may contribute towards bonding stronger family ties which seem to have weakened over time as everybody seems to be busy with everything else! For one thing, compared to the present-day eating habits, this should be relatively healthier and you may well be saving some lives…

Would you like to share your opinion on this?

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

23 thoughts on “How to save a life…”

  1. i never expect to see a tiffin carrier in a ‘how to save a life’ post…. haha! =P

    LOL!!…If it comes from stp, you can expect it has got something to do with food! I think this song by The Fray was featured in Gray’s Anatomy – one of my daughter’s favourites!

  2. em…what my parents did were, cook a soup/dish and rice before heading to work.
    when i came back from school, i just have to heat it up and ta-daa, that’s my simple lunch.

    and proper dinner will be prepared by Mami when she’s back from work πŸ™‚

    Many cook in the morning, pick up the kids after school…and go home, heat up the food and have lunch together. Dinner, they have the same or cook something else.

  3. Since my sister goes to uni, I was again the cook at home. Then I started my new job, and now the whole family have to eat outside, my parents and I having meals on our own… and it’s been 2 days since I last met my mom; even though we live in the same house… very sad isn’t it?

    Very sad indeed!…That’s why my daughter’s closer to me cos we were together all the time. My missus worked on shifts and when she worked afternoons, she would have gone to work when we got home…and by the time she got back, we would have gone to sleep.

  4. Ah, the days of tiffin carrier, it’s long gone. Nowadays, me and my husband mostly bring sandwiches or leftover from previous night to work. Much cheaper than eating out, and healthier too.

    Ah! Life in the big city!!!…Like my brother’s family! They don’t seem to have proper daily meals, not home-cooked ones, that’s for sure…most of the time, leaving early in the morning and coming home late at night. We grew up having three square meals (And look at how round I am now! LOL!!!) a day, so I’m not used to that kind of city lifestyle!

  5. for RM250 you get so much ho-liao, i also want… broccoli, steamed pork (whole plate some more) and fried black promfet, and some more import cabbage… who’s the caterer?

    Ummm…broccoli’s among the items bought from the restaurants, though we did get that ONCE from the caterer! And the pomfret’s actually palm size only! LOL!!!…Somebody from Salim area, I think!…There used to be another good one here in my area – nice food but small portions – but she has retired now.

  6. this reminds me of the old days when my mum is busy working so she just had someone to deliver our dinner in the tiffin on weekdays. When she stopped working, she delivers food to me and my sisters in tiffins when we have to stay back at school for activities. I think they still have these tiffin food in smaller towns.

    Yes, we have that in Sibu…

  7. sometimes the caterer cook the same thing over n over again until u also feel ‘sien’ eating them πŸ˜›

    but i remember the excitement of getting the tiffin carrier and looking inside to see what kind of dishes we r getting for the day πŸ˜‰

    Come to think of it, when we cook our own, we also cook the same things…and if the old lady’s cooking, the same recipe over and over again! At least, I can change caterer!!! LOL!!!

  8. I’m glad Mama cooks 6days a week for lunch and dinner πŸ˜€

    We usually eat outside on Sundays πŸ™‚

    Lucky u! Ya, she deserves a break on weekends then!!!

  9. Like that RM250 I dont mind. What AWYN Catering? Anyone knows of a good one in Kch? Jalan Song area. I dont mind getting catering

    Haiz! I should have done that! Like the retired caterer…could afford to pay for THREE daughters through university! Must have made a bundle!!!

  10. I guess being the eldest of 3 brothers your dad had to work harder or had more work to do. Am quite sure your two uncles were more lucky and didn’t toil in the padi field or plantation.So they might not have any sentimental attachment to the tiffin carrier.How about you? Did you ever plant padi or tap rubber? hahaha

    Ooi!!! Ur info not very accurate lah!…Me ah? Tap rubber, no! Buy rubbers, got! Hahahahahahahaha!!!!

  11. “….patronise fast food restaurants regularly and this has given rise to weight problems among the youth in many countries.”

    So what happened to you? πŸ˜›

    I bring my lunch to work everyday, got myself a nice thermos, so I can keep the food and rice warm. I used to have tiffin carrier πŸ˜€

    Eh, that photo above the pomfret fish, is minced pork + egg + tong cai? I love that very much!!!! It’s been a while since I had it. I must cook it this weekend. HAHAHAHA! Thanks Suituapui, you just remind me what to buy tomorrow morning!!!!

    Me? From indulging too much! Eat! Eat! Eat! LOL!!! Wah!!! Those are typical Foochow home cooking… You like kah? Sometimes, simple is best hor?

  12. Simple balanced meals are the best – they’re easy to digest, and you do feel nourished afterwards.
    I am feeling optimistic today, so any food is good…taugeh only also good! I saw my daughter opting to eat a whole (cereal) bowl of plain shredded cabbage fried with garlic and dried shrimp. She said she wasn’t hungry for rice, nor chicken, but devoured the chicken soup. I guess she knows what her body needs!

    Lighting more candles, anyone? *wink*

    Children! Never force feed! Old days, we had the rotan at the side of the dinner table! (Especially for not eating veg! Hahahahahaha!!!!) See my shape and size now!! LOL!!!

  13. What is Tiffin aahh?? I only know TENGKAT…ha ha ha ha ha.The ones that we used then(those yellow or light green ) ones have clear proceline coatings.. The ones today are made of God knows what…esp if from China..ha ha ha healty food poisionous tiffin.. How la?? Yours stainless steel ka..try putting lemon on it and see if it stains..look like made in Thailand one leh…
    Your commenTORS all really KIAMSIAP one la…why none support me for Appropriate B-Day gift eh.

    Those days, enamel ones! I heard about the Thailand ones, ok to use…do not use to reheat. Better to buy stainless steel (ZEBRA). And since you brought it up, at the English Tea House gift shop in Sandakan, I saw this blue and white porcelain tengkat – so very nice!!! RM300 over!!! I really like it…and regret not buying it then. Ideal birthday gift! Now that the camera’s out of the question…..HINT! HINT! HINT! Hahahahahahahaha!!!!!

  14. The one in Sandakan can use the lid/cover as plate or not?…Where where where in S’kan..knowing my luck sure sold-out by the time I get there…hohoho
    My friend has this steamer ..bought from Singapore awhile ago where you cook/steam your rice meat fish veg..all at the same time..all steam food power and safe life???…oooiiii what happened to her…again ka?

    Already said English Tea House souvenir gift shop!…Don’t want steamer lah!! U owes steam kah? Hahahahahahahaha!!!!!!

  15. Surely this is not one delivery.. Tiffin only 4 Tengkat and 7 dishes..excluding rice?????..or you have left hand and right hand tiffins..hahaha

    Eeee…already said first 3 from restaurants…then meat and fish plus one veg from caterer and a soup! Never read properly!!! If my student, the head already cracked by now!! Oops! Come to think of it, oredi wat!! Cracko liao!!! Hahahahahahahaha!!!!!

  16. I’m glad that my mum cooks. Although nowadays she opts for catering since all of her daughters are not at home! Catering uses the similar tiffin carrier, even in the big city! It’s healthier than eating out too. πŸ˜€

    Yes, part of the joy of cooking is when there are people to eat…and enjoy and appreciate!!! Like in my case, only two at home…so sometimes I cook more and give to friends and family!!!

  17. Hmm, I guess the camera quality isn’t that good? Or the taste too? πŸ˜›

    Nothing beats the homemade cooking πŸ™‚

    Handphone…middle of last year already around RM300, now give free also nobody wants! So how to expect good pics? LOL!!!…Here the Malay stalls in the coffee shops, you can pay monthly RM80 or something like that…and you can bring your tiffin carrier and go and choose what you want from all the dishes for the day! Like homecooked dishes! Only thing is no delivery – have to go and get urself!!!

  18. Hm… come to think of it, i haven’t seen anyone using tiffin carriers anymore, only tupperwares ! Hahaha.. but i guess most mothers are too busy to cook anything to put into the tiffin carriers anyway, so why bother buying one?

    So sad hor!…Tupperware’s expensive and sometimes the smell of what you put inside will stick to it for a long time! And they come in singles…so not convenient to bring around if you have 3 or 4, you’ll need to use a plastic bag – not environment-friendly!

  19. Reminds me of the good old days when many people carry tiffin carrier when buying food.

    Should bring it back. At least it is environment-friendly…unlike those styrofoam and plastic containers people use these days.

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