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Check out these new businesses born out of lockdown

by Ashima

When life gives you lemons…make lemonade, and sell it! 

By The Masala Team

Embodying the saying, “It’s better to do one thing well than ten things poorly,” Kaek Kao Kua have been dishing up steaming hot bowls of vegan plant-based noodles since March. With prices starting at THB 96, a variety of noodle types are available ranging from sen yai to whole-wheat sen mee, and their bowls are topped with healthy ingredients like straw mushrooms, morning glory, bean sprouts, wontons, and tofu. FB and Instagram: @kaekkaokua

Green Samurai prides itself on being your one- stop-shop for eco-friendly essentials. They craft their goods responsibly using BCI Cotton, or ‘Better Cotton Initiative,’ which aims to make global cotton production better for farmers and the environment. Currently, the brand has introduced the comfortable and reusable Warrior Mask (THB 149) with a neck strap, as well as two different totes so you can stay stylish while still being sustainable. FB and Instagram: @greensamuraiofficial

Brewed during the COVID-19 quarantine period, Bangkok Booch is the city’s latest brand of premium craft kombucha (THB 120 per bottle) currently available in four flavours – Part-tea (black tea), Mull it Over (mulberries), Fineapple (pineapple and lemongrass), and Queen Steen (mangosteen). For those not familiar with this brew, kombucha is a fermented tea rich in B vitamins and antioxidants that boosts immunity and promotes gut health, an ideal elixir to incorporate into your diet. FB and Instagram: @bangkokbooch

Striving to combat rising unemployment during the pandemic through sustainable job creation for local community members, Mask On Bkk was born out of a business’ decision to shift from producing luxury bed-linens for five-star hotels towards producing eco-friendly face masks. All masks are reusable, durable, and water-resistant, and for every three masks bought, one is donated. Prices start at THB 40.

Throughout the quarantine period, we’ve seen a rise in Instagram stores selling sweet treats. Definitely one of the more eye-catching options, Palate BKK sell premium cupcakes available in an array of enticing flavours like Chocolate frappe with white frosting, Thai tea with whipped buttercream, the Yin Yang with Oreo cream filling, and the Dalgona, inspired by the viral TikTok coffee trend (price on request). Instagram: @palate.bkk

Another business that got creative during quarantine is Gulp BKK. Famed for their flair bartending services that have brought tons of wedding parties to life, the business also sells craft spirits and mixers at value-for-money prices. They also offer various ‘cocktail kits’ for classics like Negronis and G&Ts, so you can play boozy bartender in the comfort of your own home. FB and Instagram: @GulpBKK

Swooping in to rescue the bored Bangkok denizens trying their hand at cooking for the first time, Quarantine Cookbook (THB 500) was started by a group of entrepreneurs who compiled a list of recipes for all to try their hand at. Featuring 30 recipes comprising of a variety of cuisines and options for every course, this cookbook will make sure that you can brush up on your cooking skills while still contributing to the community, as all proceeds go to charity.
To order, contact @ashoogems or @kimnarula on Instagram

For all the parents despairing of keeping their tykes diverted during this time, Playbox Thailand has come up with an innovative and handy solution. Their customisable monthly subscription boxes provide a variety of educational and fun solutions, which will entertain while keeping parents sane. Choose from three playboxes – sensory, science or STEM – for THB 899, or mix and match items for THB 599. Instagram: @playboxthailand

A welcome new addition to Bangkok’s ever- expanding range of vegetarian and vegan delivery services, the Hungry Herbivore BKK promises 0% meat, 100% taste. With an enticing range of mouth-watering vegetarian and vegan burgers on offer, including moreish sliders, meat-free chicken ranch style sandwiches, and tangy, additional sauces, the Hungry Herbivore is an ideal option for vegetarians and vegans to satiate those fast food cravings. Instagram: @thehungryherbivorebkk

Specialising in a range of Asian delicacies, Arvoskitchen brings authentic comfort food straight to your front door. Adhering to a strict, no MSG policy, Arvoskitchen is all about genuine home cooking, with an ever-changing and evolving menu. With timed, weekly dishes like freshly made khao soy and gyoza on offer, along with options for vegetarian ingredients, Arvoskitchen blends contemporary, culinary favourites with a traditional approach to cooking. Instagram: @arvoskitchen

For a real, homemade burger experience, Bubs Burgers BKK delivers a mountain of flavour in a brioche bun. Boasting a revolving selection of flavourful toppings, including crispy bacon, fried eggs, and their signature #bubssauce, Bubs Burgers BKK has a bite to fit every palate. A one-day advanced order is required for deliveries, so if you want to give Bubs a go make sure to plan a bit in advance. Instagram: @bubsburgersbkk

Did you start a business during lockdown? Email with all the details.





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