Geran Khas Prihatin For Small Businesses

Introduced in May 2020, Geran Khas Prihatin is a one-off RM3,000 financial assistance given by the government of Malaysia to eligible micro SMEs.

The grant is meant to help reduce the financial burden of micro SMEs and stimulate the economy as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Missed the first round? The government reopened another round of application at gkp.hasil.gov.my. Submissions must be made before 31 October 2020.

As a micro SME, naturally we made the decision to apply for the grant. We submitted in May but our application was rejected. Could be because we weren’t sure how to complete the form or maybe we weren’t eligible. Irregardless, we applied again this time around. No harm trying, right?

Will we get it? Allah knows best.

But for those who haven’t applied and are eligible, there’s still time to submit your application. All of us are facing trying times and with the 3rd wave, we know how difficult it could be to run a business out there. At this rate, any form of assistance can be handy.

All the best!

Who Should You Buy Halal Mooncakes From On Shopee?

So at this age, you can even buy mooncakes online! Just a few taps on the phone, wait a few days, and ding dong! Your mooncakes arrive right at your doorstep! No fuss, no queues, no need to go all the way to the store just to satisfy your mooncake cravings.

But this time around, we’ll be listing mooncake sellers on Shopee, specifically, the ones who sell halal mooncakes. Why Shopee? Because we love to buy stuff on it! Plus we have our own Shopee shop. Wheeee! Okay, so before we hijack this article to sell our products, let’s get on to the list, shall we?

500 To 1000 Mooncakes Sold

  1. Tai Thong Traditional HALAL Mooncake Series 大同傳統月餅系列
  2. Kuih Bulan Halal Mooncakes Traditional Flavor
  3. DAHLIA MOONCAKE HALAL MOONCAKE

200 To 500 Mooncakes Sold

  1. YU-AI Mooncake 友爱月饼
  2. 發發饼家 月饼 HALAL Huat Huat Kouping Mooncake
  3. AIHANA® TRADITIONAL MOONCAKES (MINIS)
  4. Kuih Bulan / MoonCake Halal Toyibban HomeMade

Bonus: Shanghai Mooncakes

There aren’t many sellers selling halal Shanghai mooncakes so we decided to list them too!

  1. HALAL SHANGHAI MOONCAKE 1 SET
  2. AIHANA® Shanghai Mooncakes (Premium Quality)
  3. Mooncake Shanghai 上海月饼 Halal kuih bulan

Don’t have a Shopee account? Use our referral code KAIJI224 to get RM8.00 off off your first purchase! Download Shopee now to enjoy free shipping and lowest price guaranteed deals!

Now get your fingers tapping and order that big batch of mooncakes!

Extra: Need to open a Shopee account? Sign-up by clicking here.

3 Ways To Get The Best Mooncake Deals In Town

Alright, let’s get straight to the point – who thinks mooncakes are expensive?

The thing here is, some would say mooncakes are expensive, but if you count in the effort and time used to make mooncakes, perhaps the price is not that pricey after all.

Anyway, we are not here to argue about that. What we want to do is to share how can you get the best mooncake deal in town! Want to know more? Read on!

1. Buy During Promotion

It’s not rocket science really. Buying anything during promotion is by far the easiest way to get the best deal. How do you spot them? Well, some mooncake manufacturers run a month-long promotion selling their mooncakes at promotional booths. You can easily find them in shopping malls or Mid-Autumn fairs. There are even mooncake manufacturers that offer discount codes or cashbacks when you purchase a certain number of mooncakes or do online purchases.

2. Buy After The Mooncake Season

The whole idea of buying mooncakes is for you to enjoy them during the mooncake season. But you can still enjoy mooncakes after the Mid-Autumn festival too. Mooncake prices can drop up to 30% and more once the season is over! Considering the fact that mooncakes have a long shelf life, if you love mooncakes and don’t mind having them after the season, then this is the best way for you to enjoy as many mooncake flavours as you want at a fraction of its original price! Take note that popular flavours may not be available anymore.

3. Buy From Home Bakers

This is a bit tricky. The prices for mass-produced mooncakes can be cheaper than home bakers. However, without the brand name, expensive ingredients and fancy packaging, the price of home bakers mooncakes can be significantly cheaper. You’ll need to scout around for the best prices though. On the plus point, if you choose to buy from home bakers, think of it that you are supporting their dream to someday become one of the big brands too, or that you’re encouraging someone to go after his/her passion. You can’t get a better deal than that, can you?

Come to think of it, we still have 2 mooncakes in the fridge. Off to cut and enjoy a slice!

Top 5 Mooncake Flavours According To Our Tummy

Do you know how many mooncake flavours are there in the market? If your answer is yes, we take our hats off you!

We’re not sure about other countries but here in Malaysia, new mooncake flavours are introduced to the market annually. That makes a lot of sense because mooncakes are highly versatile. They can be filled with all sorts of filling – sweet or savoury!

So how do you choose which filling to buy? In our case, we like to stick to the classics. Go with traditional flavours, something you’re familiar with. Once you’ve gotten a hang of it, move on to non-traditional flavours.

Let’s cut to the chase and see the top 5 flavours according to our tummy.

1. Mixed Nuts Mooncake 五仁月饼

This mooncake flavour is commonly found in K’s home town. It’s a pretty healthy mooncake since it has five kinds of nuts or kernels such as walnuts, almonds, sesame seeds, melon seeds, red beans and etc. Naturally, the mooncake has a nutty and sweet flavour because of the fillings. We love this particular mooncake flavour to bits mainly because it reminds us of his home town.

2. Red Bean Mooncake 豆沙月饼

The classic sweet red bean mooncake flavour never goes wrong. The smooth and rich taste of sweet bean paste always brings back our childhood memories of eating bread and pastries filled with sweet bean paste. There’s just something comforting about biting into a piece of your childhood.

3. White Lotus Mooncake 莲蓉月饼

Ooohh, and here’s another one of our favourites! The lotus mooncake is filled with silky smooth white lotus paste. We absolutely adore this flavour and make an effort to find the less sweeter option for family and friends.

4. Salted Egg Yolk Mooncake 蛋黄月饼

Let’s get this straight, the entire mooncake is not filled with salted egg yolk. Rather, the mooncake is filled with white lotus or any other flavours and at the very centre of the mooncake, you’ll find 1 or 2 salted egg yokes. Sounds crazy to put something salty with something sweet but it works! This odd combination is what makes this mooncake so popular. Just try it!

5. Green Tea Mooncake 茶叶月饼

Okay, so we’re taking a huge risk with this. Green tea flavoured mooncakes are undeniably not one of our top favourites, but considering the fact that they’re pretty healthy and not as sweet compared to other mooncake fillings, we thought, hey, let’s just put it in the list. Don’t get us wrong, we love green tea. But green tea mooncakes? Hey, if we love green tea, surely we can learn to love green tea mooncakes too. For health!

There you have it, our top 5 mooncake flavours! The best thing about these flavours are you can find them easily. The only difference would be the textures, sweetness and smoothness levels.

Let us know if you love any of these flavours too!

Top 3 Mooncake Brands We Love In Malaysia

Unlike the previous years, we didn’t go on a mooncake eating spree this year. In fact, this post is based on mooncake brands that we tried over the past few years.

We’ve been loyal to some brands, and we’ve also stopped eating certain brands. Would we try other brands? Definitely! It’s just that there are so many brands in the market, it’d take us ages to try them all.

Let’s not forget the ones made by home bakers. We’ve tried some of them and hey, the flavours and quality do not pale in comparison compared to established brands. That’s a post kept for another day.

Baker’s Cottage

We love their pastries and breads! Back in KL we used to get our mooncakes from them. They serve yummy mooncakes, packed in beautiful boxes.

Our favourite is the Pure Lotus series, with yolk.

A handy little piece of information from their website, their mooncakes are baked in cholesterol-free cooking oil, with no added preservatives. The mooncakes are Halal certified and strictly conformed to the ISO 9001:2015 quality management system, ISO 22000 food safety management system and HACCP international food safety standard. Talk about quality!

Juicy tidbit of the day, they made mooncakes for Starbucks too!

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Kam Lun Tai Food 

Considering they’ve been in the business since 1971, it’s not surprising that their mooncakes are pretty good. We’ve tried several types over the years, and we always come back to their classic and traditional mooncakes.

Oh, and get this, their mooncakes are Halal certified too! We remember how pretty their boxes looked like and we may still have one or two boxes somewhere in the house.

In case you’re wondering what drives us to try a certain brand? It all comes down to the packaging. Show us the pretty boxes, beautiful designs, and other aesthetics, and we’ll be sold to try the mooncake. Because let’s face it, if the packaging is nice AND the mooncake is good, we’d definitely want to buy it as gifts for family and friends.

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Tai Thong Mooncake

Once upon a time we thought Tai Thong mooncakes were the fanciest Halal mooncakes ever! Maybe that’s an exaggeration, but their boxes always look elegant and classy. We still keep some of their tin boxes at home just because they’re so pretty and functional as they last longer compared to paper and cardboard boxes.

As for their mooncakes, we adore them to bits! A bit of an exaggeration again, but biting into their mooncakes gave us a sense of class and elegance. Sort of like a cloud 9 experience.

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Which one is our favourite then?

In order of preference, we’d almost always buy Baker’s Cottage mooncakes for ourselves, family and friends. Kam Lun Tai and Tai Thong mooncakes come as a tie, depending on the flavour we’re looking for and yes, the box!

There you have it, the top 3 mooncake brands that we love in Malaysia!

Now if you’re new with mooncakes and want to play it safe, just get your mooncake from one of these brands. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed, insha’Allah. Enjoy your mooncakes!

A Guide On How to Find a Halal Restaurant In Malaysia

In Malaysia. we are extremely blessed because finding halal food is a walk in the park. Whether it’s Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, or Western cuisine, most of the time you can easily find halal variations of it, especially in big cities like Kuala Lumpur, Georgetown, and Johor Bahru.

But for K, it wasn’t that easy for him. Back in China, most of the restaurants and fast food giants like KFC and McDonald’s aren’t Muslim-friendly, so it took him a while to come to the realisation that these fast food joints are in fact halal in Malaysia. In fact, he used to only eat at restaurants that carry the halal logo.

Now if you are a foreigner and are not sure on how to determine whether a particular restaurant in Malaysia is serving halal food, here’s a quick guide that would insha’Allah make it easier for you.

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Link Roundup #2: Top 3 Chinese Muslim Food Links

Dug up some old news that we felt would be interesting to share in this month’s link roundup. Hope you enjoy reading them!

Ikhwan berdakwah melalui ‘bakkwa’

“Selalu hati tertanya-tanya, bagaimanakah rasa bakkwa ini terutama apabila ia daripada daging ayam? Tapi hajat itu dipendam saja kerana tahu ia tidak halal.

Apabila mengetahui sudah ada keluaran yang halal, tentu saja ingin merasanya. Ia dijual oleh Ikhwan Ng, yang berpusat di Taiping, Perak.

Jenuh juga merancang pertemuan dengan Ikhwan supaya dapat mendengar sendiri dia bercerita mengenai bakkwa ini. Namun jarak antara kami membuatkan ia tidak mudah direalisasikan sehinggalah pertengahan Oktober tahun lalu apabila penulis ke Taiping kerana menganjurkan program ziarah amal dan menceriakan wad 14, Hospital Taiping.

Kunjungan ini dimanfaatkan untuk bertemu Ikhwan dan bakkwanya.”

I’ve known brother Ikhwan since his active blogging days. He still blogs at Another Chinese Muallaf, though not as often. He’s more active on Facebook now.

About a few years ago he started his Chinese Muslim food business and we did an entry on it – Ikhwan Ng’s Halal Delight.

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