Finding The 3 Best Chinese Muslim Food Products To Try In 2021: On Shopee Malaysia

In today's post, we will list down 3 Chinese Muslim products that we plan to purchase through Shopee Malaysia by year end, insha'Allah.

Naturally, we would list Kaijia as one of the best Chinese Muslim products you can find on Shopee Malaysia to try in 2021. But this post isn’t about us. In today’s post, we will list down 3 Chinese Muslim products that we plan to purchase through Shopee Malaysia by year end, insha’Allah.

The reason behind this post is we’ve been seeing more people selling Chinese Muslim food products online. We think that it’s a good move and this is our way of showing our support and giving them the extra mileage. Let’s get on to our list, shall we?

HALAL Sosej Ayam Cina Muslim Chinese Muslim Street Food Chinese Chicken Sausage Lap Cheong

To tell you the truth, we have never tried lap cheong. That’s mainly because it’s not easy to find halal lap cheong anywhere in Malaysia. Like, you can’t go to your neighbourhood shopping mall or supermarket and expect to find halal lap cheong.

Since we’ve never tried it, we won’t know what to expect. We have all sorts of questions running through our head. How would it taste like? Would the halal lap cheong taste as authentic as the real deal? Could we stomach it?

All questions aside, the reviews sounded good though and we have to say, the photos do look strikingly similar to the non-halal version.

BISKUT KUIH TRADISI CINA TAUSA TAMBUN MUSLIM 10 BIJI

Now this is something that we are extremely familiar with. There’s just something delectable about green beans tausa pia. The delicate layers of the pastry, the perfect blend of the sweetness and saltiness of the green beans, you just have to try it to fall in love with it.

The ones that we tried before this are mostly made in Ipoh, but it’d be nice to try these homemade ones for a change. The seller has great reviews and the tausa pia do look proper. We are quite amazed that the buyers managed to receive the tausa pia in good condition.

If 10 pieces are too many, the seller sells it in 6 pieces too. We’d probably get the 6 pieces trip pack so we can try different types of tausa pia. Available in pandan, green bean, red bean, and chicken floss.

Halal Chinese Vercemille Sour & Spicy

Confession time. We are not big fans of instant noodles. In fact, we can count how often we have it in a year. This year alone, we’ve only had it three times! So why did this make it into our list?

Curiousity.

Not too long ago, we bought a pack of حلال MANSIWEI HALAL smell-les river snails rice noodle Luosifen 曼私味无臭清真螺蛳粉中国正宗柳州特产酸辣螺丝粉米线320gChina Food from Shopee. We wrote our experience here Shopping at Mr. Isa Halal (ManSiWei Official Store) and since then, we’ve been curious to try out a couple more halal instant noodles manufactured in China.

This seller only has one review, but has sold 100 packs of the instant noodles at the time of writing. We’ll try a pack and see how it goes.

Would you be interested to try any of these products? Let us know in the comments section!

How To Get Listed On Halal Chinese Food In Malaysia?

With the easing of the MCO in Malaysia, we’re seeing more people visiting our website to find the names and addresses of halal Chinese restaurants in their area.

More Chinese food businesses have also approached us to get their details updated.

If you’re a Chinese food business selling halal food and products…

We’d love to list your business in our online directories. Currently, we have online directories for Chinese Muslim restaurants & food businesses in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. We are still working on the list for China.

Or if you know of any Chinese food businesses selling halal food and products…

Please direct them to us so we can list them in our online directories for Chinese Muslim restaurants & food businesses.

What’s the catch?

Being in the Chinese Muslim food business ourselves, we know how tough the past 2 years had been. As a way to keep up with the times, we had to embrace the change and pivot our business model. It wasn’t an easy decision for us, yet Alhamdulillah, we made it and we are still at it.

However, we know that there are Chinese Muslim food businesses out there that may still be struggling to run or resume their business. Because of that, we want to do our part and list them in our online directory.

Benefits of getting listed on ‘Halal Chinese Food In Malaysia’

  1. Our readers get to find out what are the nearest Chinese Muslim food businesses to them and share the details to their family and friends.
  2. Chinese Muslim food businesses get to tap on our readers and their network, further increasing their online presence and the possibility of getting new customers.

How much do you charge?

Nothing. We don’t charge Chinese food businesses selling halal food and products anything to get listed in our online directories for Chinese Muslim restaurants & food businesses.

We only charge Chinese food businesses selling halal food and products if they decide to advertise and work with us.

Reach us by commenting, emailing us at kaijiafood@gmail.com, or contacting us via our ‘Contact‘ page.

Continue to stay safe everyone!

Where to Find Halal Chang in Singapore

After writing the Where to Find Halal Chang in Malaysia post, you didn’t think we’d leave our neighbour across the causeway hanging without a blog post of their own, do you? Obviously not!

But since we haven’t been in Singapore since the pandemic started, our article is strictly based on Google search. We did remember on our last visit we saw a couple of places selling halal chang in Geylang and Joo Chiat. Though we’re not sure whether that information still stands.

Let’s just cut to the chase and get on to where you can find halal chang in Singapore now, shall we?

1. Nyonya Mansor Halal Kueh Chang

Address: 678 Chua Chu Kang Crescent SIngapore 680678

Facebook: Nyonya Mansor Halal Kueh Chang

Phone: +65 9738 2945

Product: Nyonya chang

2. Authentic Hokkien Chang

Facebook: Authentic Hokkien Chang

Phone: +65 8687 1055

Email: halalhokkienchangs@gmail.com

Product: Hokkien chang

3. Agogo Kitchens

Facebook: Agogo Kitchens

Phone: +65 8150 6925

Products: Mushroom chang, Nyonya chang, beef/chicken, Hokkien chang, beef/chicken black pepper chang,

4. Rayz Halalz Changz

Facebook: Rayz Halalz Changz

Phone: +65 9624 6479

5. Savor Avenue

Instagram: Savor Avenue

Products: Kee chang, Nyonya chang, lepat chang

6. Chunking SG

Instagram: Chunking SG

Products: Signature beef rendang chunk, signature chicken rendang chunk, premium chunk, mini lepat chunk, premium mala chunk, premium chicken rice chunk, tom yam chunk

7. Lita’s Delights

Instagram: Lita’s Delights

8. Aunty Amy’s Kueh Chang

Instagram: Aunty Amy’s Kueh Chang

9. HomeMade Halal Kueh Chang

Instagram: HomeMade Halal Kueh Chang

Phone: +65 9177 5214

Products: Beef rendang with chestnut. chicken rendang with chestnut and salted egg, black pepper beef ball stuffed with salted egg and chestnut

Naturally, this list will be kept updated from time to time. So make sure to bookmark this post and check it whenever you have that sudden craving.

Also, if you know of any other places where you can buy halal chang in Singapore that’s not listed here, please let us know and we’ll do our best to include it in the list. Thank you!

Where to Find Halal Chang in Malaysia

We’re days away from the annual Dragon Boat Festival! For some of you, you may know the festival as Duanwu Festival (端午節).

Like most Chinese festivals, they usually have a particular food that’s often associated with the festival and in this case, that special food is the zongzi (粽子) or sticky rice dumpling in English.

Over here in Malaysia though, the zongzi is also known as joong in Cantonese, chang in Hokkien, and kuih chang in Malay.

So last year, we did several posts on halal chang in Malaysia. For this year, we figured it’d be good to highlight those posts again and combine the posts into a single post for easy reference.

On top of that, we’ll also be featuring other places where you can get halal chang in Malaysia, making this post our ultimate list for halal chang in Malaysia!

Let’s get started, shall we?

Places where you can get halal chang in Malaysia:

Hokkien chang, Nyonya chang, Kee chang.

1. Rice Dumpling/Kuih Chang Siti – HALAL

Area: Putrajaya, Cyberjaya, surrounding areas

Facebook: Rice Dumpling/Kuih Chang Siti – HALAL

Instagram: kuihchangsiti

Whassap: 010-2985021

2. [MY] Halal Nyonya Chang By Melissa Soo

Area: Melaka, KL, surrounding areas

Facebook: Halal Nyonya Chang

Whassap: 012-3331272

3. [MY] Mum’s Halal Bak Chang

Facebook: Halal Bak Chang

4. [MY] Kuih Chang Azura Tan Siow Ling

Area: Masai, surrounding areas

Facebook: Halal BakChang

Whassap: 016-7114737

Review: We tried sister Azura’s bak chang during Ramadan this year. How good was it? She was generous with the filling and we can assure you it was well worth the price! The best part was her frozen bak chang meant we could steam and have it whenever we want!

5. [MY] Kuih Chang Bilal Hanif Chan

Area: Masjid Cina Tasek Ipoh

Whassap: 010-3919307

6. Marzuki Kuih Zhang

Facebook: Marzuki Kuih Zhang

7. [MY] ChindianMuslim Kiosk

Area: KL & Selangor

Facebook: ChindianMuslim Kiosk

Whassap: 017-8888251

Review: Many years ago we tried sister Jasmeen’s food at her Ampang Jaya outlet. We tried her dim sum as well as loh mai kai. Back then, there weren’t many places selling halal Chinese Muslim food and that visit to her outlet was an unexpected, yet very much welcomed treat from a friend of ours. We never go there again mainly because we were always on a rush whenever we were in KL. By the time we’d completed all our matters, it was time to head back to JB. If you’re around the area, do give her food a try. She also does catering and delivery.

Other places where you can get halal chang in Malaysia:

Hokkien chang, Nyonya chang, Kee chang.

  1. Pasar Besar Melaka
  2. Restoran Cece Station
  3. Canton Village Chinese Muslim Kitchen

Where you can buy halal chang online in Malaysia:

  1. 清真粽子【 Halal Homemade 】Kuih/Bak Zhang💞【清真】 粽子 by Datin Aminah Lee
  2. Lolili’s Delights Halal Traditional Chinese Food and Bak Changs – Active: Halal OATS Bakchang 1 or 3pcs/set, HALAL Kee Chang Bundle (6pcs),
  3. FATIMAH CHEW OFFICIAL STORE: Original Halal Bak Chang, Honey BBQ Halal Bak Chang
  4. Sabseo all sorts of Chang
  5. Dapur Magis by Appy: Halal Chicken Bak Chang ( Produk Muslim) Rice dumpling, Halal Kee Chang – Red Bean ( Produk Muslim) Rice Dumpling. Bak Chang, Halal Egg Yolk Chicken Bak Chang – (Produk Muslim) rice dumpling
  6. debbiechu83: 365 Days Halal Hokkien Chang / Chicken Bak Chang (6pcs/pack), 365 Days Halal Nyonya Chang/Nyonya Glutinous Rice Dumpling (Pack of 6pcs), 365 Days Halal Kee Chang Red Bean (6pcs/pack)

Where to find vegetarian halal chang in Malaysia:

Friends of Veggie 素友乐坊 by Raihana Seah

Area: Peninsular Malaysia by courier, door to door delivery limited to Ipoh area.

Whassap: 011-39369376

For more details, please contact the sellers directly to order, check whether they’re selling, or still accepting orders for this year.

Know of any other places where you can get halal chang? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add it in!

Cultural note: This year, the Dragon Boat Festival falls on June 14 (Monday) and China will have 3 days of public holiday from Saturday (June 12) to Monday (June 14).

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Last updated on 19 September 2021.

The Ultimate List of Popular Chinese Dishes Written In Chinese, English & Malay

Have you ever experienced this before?

You enter a Chinese Muslim restaurant, flip through the menu, and immediately notice that the menu is written entirely in Chinese! That is pretty common in China and if you go to certain restaurants, the menu may not even come with any pictures so that makes it all the more difficult for you to order something if you can’t read Chinese characters.

Would you experience that in Malaysia?

The good news is probably not since most of the menus in Chinese Muslim restaurants in Malaysia do come with English, Malay, or both languages translations. Bear in mind that the translations could sometimes be slightly off.

What’s the big deal then?

Well, we know how frustrating it could be to enter a restaurant and not knowing what to order simply because we don’t understand the menu. So we thought, why don’t we come up with a comprehensive list of popular and commonly found Chinese dishes in all three languages?

Not only do you get to learn the Chinese, English and Malay names of your favourite Chinese dishes, we hope that by doing this it will make it easier for you to order your food the next time you enter a Chinese Muslim restaurant. Maybe this would entice you to try other dishes too!

Do take note that some of the English translations are based on the commonly used names often found in Chinese restaurants and menus. For the ones that are not available, our translations are based on the closest possible meaning. The same goes for Malay translations too.

This post will be updated and revised regularly, so make sure you bookmark it for ease of access.

Last updated on 20 April 2021.

Noodles

ChineseEnglishMalay
1.羊肉辣皮子拌面Spicy Lamb Meat Fried NoodlesMi Goreng Kambing Masak Cili
2.过油肉拌面Dry Noodles With Sautéed MeatMi Goreng Daging
3.土豆丝拌面Shredded Potatoes Fried NoodlesMi Goreng Masak Dengan Kentang Hiris
4.干煸炒面Stir Fried NoodlesMi Goreng
5.丁丁炒面Ding Ding NoodlesMi Goreng Ding Ding
6.兰州牛肉面Lanzhou Beef Noodle SoupMi Sup Cara Lanzhou
7.炸酱面ZhajiangmianMi Goreng Masak Taucu
8.云吞面Wonton Noodle Mi Wantan
9.油泼扯面Biangbiang NoodlesMi Biangbiang
10.担担面Dan Dan NoodlesMi Dan Dan
11.凉皮Cold Skin NoodlesMi Sejuk
12. 炒粿條Char Kway TeowKewtiau Goreng
13.滑蛋河Flat Rice Noodles in Egg GravyMi Hong Kong, Mi Kungfu, Mi Kantonis
14.板面Hakka Flat Noodle Soup (Pan Mee)Pan Mi
15.福建炒麵Hokkien MeeMi Hokkien

Dishes

ChineseEnglishMalay
1.辣子鸡Sichuan Spicy ChickenAyam Masak Sichuan
2.大盘鸡Big Plate ChickenAyam Pinggan Besar
3.香辣虾Spicy ShrimpUdang Masak Cili
4.蒜香牛肉Beef Cubes In GarlicDaging Lembu Masak Bawang Putih
5.香辣鸡块Spicy Cubed ChickenAyam Masak Cili
6.羊肉炒烤肉Barbecue Fried LambKambing Panggang Goreng
7.土豆烧牛肉Stewed Beef With PotatoesDaging Masak Dengan Kentang
8.过油肉菜Wonton Noodle Mi Wantan
9.牛肉加沙Jia Sha Style BeefDaging Masak Jia Sha
10.红烧丸子Braised MeatballsBebola Daging
11.黑木耳炒肉Black Fungus Fried With MeatCendawan Hitam Goreng Dengan Daging
12.牛肉什锦肉Mixed Vegetables Fried With BeefSayur Campur Goreng Dengan Daging
13.凉拌牛肉Beef SaladSalad Daging
14.香辣鸡瓜Spicy Chicken FeetKaki Ayam Masak Cili
15.木耳山药Sautéed Chinese Yam With Black FungusCendawan Telinga Masak Dengan Keladi Cina
16.家常豆腐Home-Style TofuTauhu
17.酸辣茄子Sour & Spicy Fried EggplantsTerung Goreng Masak Masam Pedas
18.酸辣土豆丝菜Sour & Spicy Fried Potato StripsKentang Goreng Masak Masam Pedas
19.西红柿炒鸡蛋Fried Eggs With TomatoesTelur Goreng Dengan Tomato
20.木耳油白菜Black Fungus Cooked With Chinese CabbageCendawan Telinga Masak Dengan Kubis Cina
21.青椒肚丝Green Capsicum Cooked With TripeLada Benggala Hijau Masak Dengan Babat
22.紫菜蛋花汤Egg and Seaweed SoupSup Telur dan Rumpai Laut
23.麻婆豆腐Mapo TofuMapo Tofu

Dim Sum

ChineseEnglishMalay
1.点心Dim SumDim Sum
2.包子Steamed Buns, BaoKuih Pau
3.馒头Chinese Steamed Buns, MantouRoti Mantou
4.云吞WontonWantan
5.餃子DumplingDumpling
6.鍋貼PotstickersDumpling
7.粽子Sticky Rice DumplingsKuih Chang
8.糯米雞Lotus Leaf WrapLo Mai Gai
9.烧卖ShaomaiShumai
10.肠粉Rice Noodle RollChee Cheong Fun
11.春卷Spring RollsPopia
12.虾饺Shrimp DumplingsDumpling Udang
13.凤爪Chicken FeetKaki Ayam
14.萝卜糕Radish CakeKuih Lobak Putih
15.马拉糕Chinese Steamed CakeKuih Kukus
16.蛋挞Egg TartTart Telur
17.煎䭔Deep Fried Sesame BallsKuih Bom
18.芋角Taro DumplingsDumpling Keladi
19.豆腐花Soybean PuddingTau Fu Fa

Dessert

ChineseEnglishMalay
1.八宝粥Eight Treasure PorridgeBubur Kacang, Buah-Buahan Kering, Bijirin
2.八宝饭Eight Treasure Rice PuddingPuding Pulut, Kacang, Buah-Buahan Kering, Bijirin
3.红豆汤Red Bean SoupBubur Kacang Merah
4.绿豆汤Green Bean SoupBubur Kacang Hijau
5.冰糖雪梨Steamed Pears With Rock SugarPir Kukus
6.杏仁豆腐Almond JellyAgar-Agar Badam

Noticed that we missed some dishes? Let us know in the comments section and we’ll add it to the list, insha’Allah!

Great Ways To Use Chilli Oil In Everyday Cooking

In Chinese cooking, a basic chilli oil is often made with chillies, oil and Sichuan peppercorns. However, most households would usually add other ingredients such as garlic, onions, scallions, star anise and sesame seeds. By adding a variety of ingredients, it could bring out an even more flavourful sauce.

For those in Malaysia who would rather purchase their own chilli oil than make their own, high-quality chilli oil can be found easily at Chinese Muslim restaurants. Alternatively, you could get it online via most online platforms e.g. Lazada and Shopee.

Pro Tip: You could get a bottle of chilli oil at our Shopee store too! Ours contain no preservatives, MSG or any nasties, and is suitable for vegetarians.

Managed to get a bottle of chilli oil?

Read more to know how to use it in everyday cooking

Use it as a dipping sauce

We absolutely love to use our chilli oil as a dipping sauce and we always have it with dumplings, wontons, dimsum, even spring rolls! Just add black vinegar, ginger, or soy sauce for variety. And if we may add, one of our customers added chilli oil to mayonnaise, so you could try that out too!

Pro-Tip: Try this Dumpling Dipping Sauce recipe by The Curious Chickpea!

Drizzle it on omelettes

The ultimate eggs game changer! Whether you like your eggs: scrambled, over easy, poached, soft boiled, hard boiled, baked, sunny side up; in an omelette, quiche, or frittata, drizzling chilli oil on it makes it a whole lot more fun to eat. Plus it gives you a bit of heat and that extra splash of colour!

Pro-Tip: You could step it up a notch by adding the chilli oil to your eggs! Try this Scrambled Eggs With Chili Oil Recipe for that twist.

Make egg fried rice

Up your egg fried rice game! Why make regular egg fried rice when you can make a spicy version? Substitute your regular cooking oil with chilli oil and fry the rice like how you normally do. This way, you can get all the spiciness without having to add extra chillies in your fried rice!

Pro-Tip: Need a quick recipe? Check out Marissa’s Sichuan Chili Oil Fried Rice!

Make aglio e olio

Need a quick pasta dish? Make a big bowl of aglio e olio! Use chilli oil instead of olive oil to make this classic Italian pasta dish! No extra dried chilli flakes needed. Tasty, spicy and a super quickie wholesome dish!

Pro-Tip: Can’t get your hands on our chilli oil? Try this Aglio Olio Garlic & Chilly Oil No Artificial Preservatives Gluten-Free product from Amazon!

Pair it with potatoes

Who loves to eat baked potatoes? We do! We often make baked potatoes on days when we want to eat something simple. Adding chilli oil just makes the dish all the more appetising. Quick and supper easy to make, have the potatoes on its own or as a side dish.

Pro-Tip: We actually shared a baked potatoes recipe on our website. Here’s the link for those who want to give it a try – Recipe: Spicy Baked Potatoes

Let us know which is your favourite way to enjoy a good helping of chilli oil! More great ways to be added soon, so remember to bookmark this page or follow us on our social media for updates.

Interesting Food Businesses & Concepts In Malaysia

When we first started our food business, we started by selling online. Rather than listing ourselves on a marketplace, what we did was we opened social media accounts for our business and just did random posts. Orders started to come in and we thought, hey! We’re on to something!

A month later, we got our first gig. We opened up a pop-up dumplings stand at a state-run marathon event. It was our first time selling to our customers face-to-face and the experience was nerve-wrecking. Honestly, we weren’t really the sales & marketing type and boy did we struggle.

Did that experience stop us? Not at all! Not long after, we joined a couple of pasar malam (night market) and pasar tani (farmer’s market). The pasar malam ran at night (obviously) and the pasar tani was in the morning. It was probably about a couple of months down the road when we eventually got our place at Arked Angkasa, UTM Skudai. We ran our business there for about 2 years and Covid-19 happened.

That was when we made the decision to pivot our business model and go back to selling online, albeit in a more effective and organised manner. Alhamdulillah, the business has been doing well and we’re still going strong.

The question now is would we go back to our place at UTM? Well, we’re fiddling with the idea. But since the students aren’t back yet, there’s still time for us to deliberate over it.

Now that’s a super long introduction, ain’t it?

Today’s blog post is about the many interesting businesses and concepts in Malaysia. However, we’re narrowing the scope to you guessed it, Chinese Muslim businesses. Let’s start with the first one, shall we?

Go Online & The World Is Your Oyster

Sell your stuff on your dedicated website, social media channels, e-marketplaces or just among your network! When done right, this is by far the fastest and easiest way to get your products known. Though bear in mind that you need to be internet savvy and it’d be great if you’re equipped with the following skillsets: SEO writing, copywriting, graphics designing, video editing, photography, e-commerce.

Don’t have the skills? You could learn as you go along or you could hire people to do it for you. We took the road less travelled and learnt by ourselves. In fact, we’re still learning. Current favourite e-marketplaces are Shopee and Lazada.

Chinese Muslim businesses on online marketplaces: [MY] Ikhwan Ng’s Halal Delight, [MY] Kaijia Muslim Food

Join Your Local Pasar Malam & Pasar Tani [Night Market & Farmer’s Market]

As far as we know, some pasar malam is run by the local authorities, private companies and NGOs. So at our place, the local authorities are the Johor Bahru City Council (Majlis Bandaraya Johor Bahru) and the Municipal Council of Bandaraya Iskandar Puteri (Majlis Bandaraya Iskandar Puteri). On the other hand, the pasar tani is run by FAMA (Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority) – a statutory body under the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries.

Applying for the license is fairly easy. All you have to do is to submit the application form, along with supportive documents to the respective authority. Based on our findings, the fees for pasar malam and pasar tani run by local authorities are relatively inexpensive as compared to the ones run by private companies and NGOs.

Build A Physical Presence With Brick & Mortar

The traditional way of doing business. Not much explaining is needed. Once you’ve identified a suitable place to establish your food business, just sign the agreement and you’re good to go. Some places fetch a higher rental price, some places are more affordable. Some places have higher footfall, some places the footfall is pretty much non-existent. Commitments are high – rental costs, overhead costs, utilities costs etc. Hence, proper due-diligence is needed before you get into this.

One way of making sure you’re not going way too deep is to just start small at first. Rent a small unit, keep your costs low or at a minimum. Once you’re in a more established and comfortable position, you can begin to scale-up. Time to look for a better, bigger, yet still manageable place.

Chinese Muslim businesses with their own outlets: Mohd Chan, Amber Chinese Muslim Restauran, Salam Noodles

Fancy Food On Wheels? Get A Food Truck!

One of of our friends own food truck and we have to say we sometimes feel envious of him. Maybe it’s the whole childhood memory of running after the ice-cream truck. Maybe it’s the memory of buying snacks and tidbits from the Chinese uncle’s groceries-on-wheels truck. Memories aside, a food truck is the epitome of convenience. Everything is loaded in the truck and business starts the moment you park it at your designated place. Plus it helps in marketing too since you’re driving allover the place. People are bound to see your truck and your brand.

Would we ever get a food truck of our own? The answer is yes, but that’s purely our childhood memories speaking out loud. Our current business model is not catered for a food truck, but hey, things can change.

Events, Parties, The Works Pop-Up Stalls!

Most events would have food pop-up stalls and this is a super way to meet the crowd. What kind of events are we talking about? Concerts, exhibitions, weddings, sports days, marathons, school graduations, art festivals, cosplays, in short, if the event has the potential to bring in a crowd, it’s probably worth a second look. Better still to join events that bring in your targeted customers.

Examples of events we joined in the past were the Chinese New Year Festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival. Since we’re selling Chinese Muslim food, it makes sense for us to join Chinese-related festivals to spread awareness about Chinese Muslim. We’ve also joined Ramadan events because our target customers also include Muslims who are looking for Chinese Muslim food.

That wraps up our blog post for today! Do you know of any other interesting Chinese Muslim businesses and concepts in Malaysia? Let us know in the comments section. Have a good day!

Top 5 Nifty Gift Ideas For Your Customers

We’ve been in the food business for quite a bit and we know how hard it can be to get customers. It can get a lot more difficult if you’re the new kid on the block, with not much experience and connections. However, once you get that first customer, you’d somehow rather develop a a mix of emotions while waiting for the next customer. There’s excitement, there’s anxiousness. Can’t quite describe the feeling.

One thing’s for sure, the moment you have customers it’s important for you to take care of them and make sure they’re getting their bang for the buck. That makes a lot of sense since they’re paying for your service and products. Another reason is if they’re happy with you, they might recommend you to their circle of influence. That free word-of-mouth marketing could make a huge difference to your business outcome, not just for the day, but for many years to come.

Just how do you take care of your customers?

We think you’d probably figure it out by now that one of the ways is by appreciating them. In today’s post, we will list down five ways on how you could take your customers’ experience to the next level and make them feel like they’re the most amazing people in the whole wide world. Okay, okay, that may be a tad bit over the top, but we’re sure you get our point.

1. Discount Codes, Vouchers or Coupons

Everybody loves a good discount. Every now and then, send your customers a discount code, voucher or coupon. Could be for their next purchase, free shipping, or anything that floats your customers’ boat. Here’s an example from Shopee Malaysia.

Pro-Tip: Some examples would be you could give a new product launch discount code, a birthday cake discount voucher, or a discount coupon for a fast-selling item.

2. Complimentary Gifts

As much as people love discounts, people love free items too! Now, if you’re in the food business, the best complimentary item would have to be a small pack or bottle of one of your products. Feeling generous? Give more than one item!

Pro-Tip: The complimentary gift could be a new product, a slow-moving product, or just anything that you want more people to buy from you.

3. More Free Gifts, But Still Related To Your Business

Maybe your product isn’t the kind that can be given away in small quantities. What’s the next best solution? Well, instant noodles businesses can give pocket tissues or a pair of chopsticks. These are handy gifts, considering you could always use a pack of tissues or chopsticks when you eat instant noodles. In fact, your customers could use the gifts in other situations too.

Pro-Tip: Give a free gift that is related to your business, so that whenever your customers use it, it could remind them of your business.

4. Even More Free Gifts, Totally Unrelated To Your Business

In this case, just about anything under the sun can be given as a free gift. We’ve lost count of how many times we received free dishware just because we bought some washing detergent. We’ve even gotten a face mask for buying a hotpot soup base.

Pro-Tip: We recommend giving something practical or that can be used often.

5. The Gift of Friendship

Sounds cheesy, but this is the real deal. Nothing, and we have to emphasize this again, nothing beats the gift of friendship. Over the years we’ve become friends with quite a number of our customers. Some of them have been with us since the first year we started our business and they’re still supporting us now. There are no words to describe how thankful and grateful we are of them.

Pro-Tip: Ask their well-being, send them festive greetings, in short, be a friend.

Have you been giving gifts to your customers? We’d love to know more about it. Let us know in the comments section!

The Ultimate Halal Bakkwa List

The infamous bakkwa. It has so many names. Some call it dried meat, some call it sliced meat, some even call it barbecued meat. In case you’re not familiar with it, bakkwa is traditionally made of pork, beef or mutton. These days, it has become much easier to find halal bakkwa made of halal beef or chicken in Malaysia.

How does it taste like?

Well, we love the sweet and slightly salty version. Haven’t tried other flavours though. The texture of the bakkwa in our opinion is similar to jerky and it’s nice to eat it as it is or with bread. Sometimes we cut it into smaller pieces and add it to our fried rice.

Wait, you mentioned there’s halal bakkwa in Malaysia?

Yeap! And this is where we move on to the part where we highlight how or where you can find halal bakkwa. We did some digging around and found not one, not two, but five places where you can get your halal bakkwa fix!

Enough chit-chatting. Let’s get started, shall we?

Ikhwan Ng’s Halal Delight

A Chinese Muslim seller who provides authentic Chinese traditional foods which is certified Halal by JAKIM.

This is where we get our bakkwa supply. We bought from Brother Ikhwan once and we just stuck to buying bakkwa from him. Perhaps now that we know there are other sellers out there, we should give them a chance and try their bakkwa too.

Available products: Ikhwan Ng Halal Delight-Ayam Salai/Halal Bakkwa/Dried Meat:Manis Madu ORI 1KG, Ikhwan Ng Halal Delight-Ayam Salai/Halal Bak Kwa/Dried Meat : Manis Madu ORI 500G, Ayam Salai/Halal Bakkwa – Black Pepper 500gm, and Ayam Salai/Halal Bakkwa – Black Pepper 1KG.

Related: [MY] Ikhwan Ng’s Halal Delight, [MY] Ikhwan Ng’s Ready To Eat Halal Bakkwa, [MY] Mooncake Ikhwan Ng’s Halal Delight.

LoLiLi’s Delights (HALAL food)

Traditional Chinese Food by the 2 Chinese Muslims; Bakkwa, Bakchang, Lupcheong, etc

A family member tried their bakchang before and said it was pretty legit. Maybe we should try their bakkwa one of these days.

Available products: HALAL Chicken Bakkwa (SLICED MEAT) PRE-ORDER FOR 10 FEB and HALAL CHICKEN Bakkwa (COIN-shaped) PRE-ORDER FOR 10 FEB.

Ikea

Ikea has halal bakkwa? No kidding! Apparently they started having it last year and we were totally clueless about it. If you’re unable to head to Ikea to get a box of their BBQ Chicken Dried Meat, you could probably order via the Shopee link below.

Available products: IKEA BBQ CHICKEN Dried Meet (HALAL Bak Kwa) {READY STOCK}

Related: IKEA Brings Back Halal Bak Kwa, Pineapple Rolls, And More For Chinese New Year! and Make your home feel extra-festive with IKEA

Dendeng Cik Midah

Oh hey, dendeng! We never really thought that dendeng is similar to bakkwa, but that’s probably because the dendeng that our family makes looks and tastes nothing like bakkwa.

We’ve never tried Dendeng Cik Midah, so do let us know if it’s remotely similar.

Available products: Dendeng Bak Kwa HALAL (LEMBU) 200g – (Original / Spicy / Honey) Dendeng Singapore Kahwin Bak Kwa by Dendeng Cik Midah and Dendeng Temasek / Dendeng Singapore – NEW PRODUCT Dendeng Bakar 200g (1-3 Orang Makan).

Random Seller

And we found another halal bakkwa seller on Shopee. We’re pretty curious about it because the packaging looks amazing. Let us know if you’ve tried this too.

Available products: Halal Homemade Bak Kwa (daging salai)

That sums up our post for today. Have you bought your Chinese New Year gifts for family and friends yet? Well, you could consider giving them a pack of halal bakkwa. Trust us, they’ll love you for it.

Extra: Not a Shopee user yet? Sign-up by clicking here.

Quick Update: Hello 2021!

We’re still here! Thought we’d do a quick post about our first week of Jan 2021. We’d most probably do this kind of posts on a monthly basis. Let’s just see how it goes, alright?

Kuala Lumpur Orders

A lot of things happened this week. One of it is we’ve been receiving orders from Kuala Lumpur buyers and we’ve been busy delivering those orders.

Chinese New Year Products

We’ve also been busy coming up with new Chinese New Year goodies. These are slated to hit the market mid January, insha’Allah.

Work With Us

Plus we’ve been working on the possibility of getting our products sold in a couple more places. Related: Our 21 for 2021 Bucket List

We’re still discussing on the technicalities and yes, we’re still on the lookout for more people who’d like to use or market our products.

Just contact us for deets and we’ll contact you soon for further discussions.

That’s about it!

Oh, One Last Thing…

Before we forget, pictured above is our Guoba Snacks packed in little cute containers.

These make great door gifts, wedding favours, party favours, and even corporate gifts! All you have to do is to tell us your needs and we’ll jazz it up accordingly.

That’s all the updates we have for Jan. Let us know how your first week of the year turned out for you!