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8 Effortless Lunch Ideas For When There Is No Microwave In The Office

Hello, foodies! As our country slowly opens up during CMCO, this also means that more people are returning back to their office. While restaurants are allowed for dine-in, most people still prefer to take away and eat in the office. But of course, there are days that you know you’re busy and just don’t want to leave your chair. If that’s you, then look forward to today’s post as we share 8 effortless packed lunch ideas that don’t need heating up!

8 Easy Lunch Ideas To Bring To The Office Even If There Is No Microwave

1. Egg Mayo Sandwich

Photo: Kirbie’s Craving (Official)    

First up our list of easy lunch ideas is Egg Mayo Sandwich. Easily found in the convenience store, this Japanese sandwich is something that many people adore. Soft bread that is filled with fluffy egg salad, nothing beats a fresh homemade one. Moreover, you’ll only need 5 simple ingredients and 20 minutes to make these delicious sandwiches!

Recipe: Kirbie’s Cravings

2. Cheesy Egg Burrito Wraps

Photo: Gimme Delicious (Official)

Next on our list is a classic Mexican dish. If sandwiches have started to bore you, then we recommend taking your chance at making burritos! Similar to the sandwiches, this is a dish that you can customise your fillings. From bacon, chicken to ground beef, don’t forget to sprinkle some cheese to make it more flavourful! And if you’ve got leftover burritos,  just pop them in the freezer and reheat them whenever you need it.

Recipe: Gimme Delicious

3. Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice)

Photo: Malaysian Chinese Kitchen (Official)

Fried rice is one of the greatest comfort food we have. It’s so versatile that wherever you’re from or how unique your taste is, you can always tailor it to suit your preference. While it requires a few ingredients to chop up, fried rice is actually really simple to make. If you’ve got 30 minutes to spare in the morning, you can definitely make a bowl of fancy fried rice for lunch. Be it spicy Nasi Goreng or Yang Chow Fried Rice, it’s all up to you!

Recipe: Malaysian Chinese Kitchen

4. Korean Kimbap

Photo: Korean Bapsang (Official)

The Japanese have sushi and Koreans have kimbap! If you’re wondering what’s the difference between the two, then it’s got to be the ingredients inside! While the Japanese sushi has a more simple and sour touch, kimbap is stuffed with many ingredients and seasoned with sesame oil. So if you’re indeed seeking for something more filling, kimbap is the one to go!

Recipe: Korean Bapsang

5. Vietnamese Spring Roll

Photo: Healthy Nibble (Official)

Simple and satisfying, Vietnamese food has been a huge hit these years in Malaysia. From the classic Pho to Banh Mi, chewy Vietnamese Spring Roll is something not to miss too. The best part? It only takes a few minutes to make one roll. Just dip the rice wrappers in water and use it to wrap up your favourite ingredients. From boiled prawns to a full vegetarian one, it’s up to your creativity to make it fun!

Recipe: Healthy Nibbles

6. Pasta Salad

Photo: @lemonandzest (Instagram)

Salad is a great lunch that leaves you feeling refreshing. While some might say that salads are too bland for them, pasta salads are actually both colourful and flavourful. Adding a slight chewiness from the pasta, this is a quick dish that you can prepare under 30 minutes. Moreover, it’s a dish that can help you clear out any vegetables you don’t want in your fridge.

Recipe: Lemons + Zest

7. Poke Bowl

Photo: @thefoodmedic (Instagram)

If there is anything that is delicious, healthy and simple to make, it’s got to be Poke Bowl. While there are a few places that sell Poke Bowl, we know that the price can be quite high. Especially when you add on more toppings. So, we thought why not make them at home? With a few chopping work to do, just stir-fry them and top it on white rice or quinoa! To make it fancier, fret not to take a look at the recipe below.

Recipe: The Food Medic

8. Bibimbap

Photo: Jan’s Food Steps (Official)

When it comes to Korean food, bibimbap or Korean mixed rice with vegetables is often one of the first dish to pop up in mind. Starting off with simple ingredients like spinach, eggs, carrots and meat, simply stir fry them on a pan and season with some salt. Then top it on your rice and add a spoonful of gochujang or Korean chili paste. That’s it! When it’s lunchtime, all you need to do is to give it a mix and enjoy.

Recipe: Jan’s Food Steps

Which Dish Will You Make?

With that, we’ve come to the end of our list of the ‘8 Effortless Lunch Ideas For When There’s No Microwave In The Office’. While there are some recipes that take longer than others, you’ll be delighted to know that they are easy to make as it requires simple stir fry or wrapping only. Anyways, we hope this article will be helpful to those who are working in an office where there is no microwave. Above all, we hope everyone stays safe!

Read More: This Malaysian Couple Made Fancy Dishes With Affordable Ingredients Every Day During MCO

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