Food delivery services have always been popular – even before the pandemic, we indulged in the variety and convenience of food delivery applications, such as GrabFood and FoodPanda, that allowed us to enjoy our favourite meals in the comfort of our own homes. It comes as no surprise that the demand for these flexible food delivery services has surged since we’ve had to stay indoors to curb the spread of the virus. Although it has helped some restaurants stay afloat, it has also accelerated the consumption of single-use plastics.

 

In 2019, Malaysia banned single-use plastic straws and imposed a plastic bag charge for customers of all businesses. Less than a year later, when the coronavirus broke out, that progress was reversed due to health concerns and fear that reusable items could spread the disease. This makes it crucial for us to make more eco-conscious decisions and become ethical consumers, like ordering from restaurants that have embraced sustainable practices or choosing not to use plastic cutlery on GrabFood.

 

To make your search for eco-friendly restaurants easier, we’ve compiled a list of seven F&B businesses you can support that champion the cause through sustainable packaging, plant-based meals, and promoting an environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

 

1. Rawsome

 

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Rawsome is a health food brand that serves up Asian-style vegetarian and vegan meals made from organic ingredients. You’ll be able to dig into their Vegetarian Nasi Lemak or Ramen Pan Mee without feeling guilty afterwards!

Sustainability Practices: Plant-based food and uses paper packaging, bio-degradable cutlery, paper straws.

Order via GrabFood.

 

2. Strangers At 47

 

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This award-winning cafe is known for whipping up both sweet and savoury fusion crepes. Their menu does include other hearty meals, such as rice bowls and pasta, which you can enjoy with their specialty coffee and cakes.

Sustainability Practices: Uses plant-based and compostable packaging, paper wrapping, paper bags.

Order via GrabFood or BeepIt.

 

3. KyoChon

 

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Who doesn’t crave KyoChon‘s famous and flavourful Korean fried chicken? You can now chow down a meat-free version of their wraps and bibimbap, made from Harvest Gourmet, which still has the same crunch!

Sustainability Practices: Plant-based options and uses paper packaging, paper bags.

Order via their website or GrabFood.

 

4. Vegelab

 

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Offering an array of delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes, from Western cuisine to local, Vegelab is on a mission to spread awareness for a balanced, plant-based lifestyle. They are determined to improve health and wellness for both ourselves and the planet!

Sustainability Practices: Plant-based, uses paper packaging and paper bags, and promotes sustainability on their social media.

Order via Oddle.

 

5. Salad Atelier

 

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Looking for healthy fast food? This salad joint puts together quick and easy bowls filled with fresh ingredients! From Omega 3 dense poke bowls to healthier versions of classic sandwiches, Salad Atelier will make sure you get all the nutrients you need.

Sustainability Practices: Uses paper packaging and promotes sustainability on their social media.

Order via GrabFood.

 

6. Cauli & Rice

 

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Filled with antioxidants, like Vitamin A and Vitamin C, cauliflower rice is a satisfying way to up your vegetable intake. Cauli & Rice offers this with their nourishing bowls made with familiar flavours, such as Tom Yam, Belacan and Curry.

Sustainability Practices: Uses paper packaging.

Order via their website or GrabFood.

 

7. Charlie’s Cafe

 

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Known for their chicken chop, Charlie’s Cafe is a social enterprise restaurant that has been around since 2015. The friendly neighbourhood cafe serves up local comfort food, from Sarawak Laksa to Nasi Lemak, using fresh produce purchased directly from Orang Asli communities.

Sustainability Practices: Uses paper packaging.

Order via GrabFood.

 

Something as small as ordering from an eco-friendly restaurant can collectively make a big difference on our environment! Let’s start being more eco-conscious consumers to help the sustainability of our planet. 

Avocado smoothie, avocado pesto, avocado cheesecake… The type of dishes that can be created with avocados seems literally endless when starters, mains, and desserts can incorporate the fruit. Yes, avocado is a fruit, for those unaware!

 

In fact, avocado is known around the world for its nutritious benefits but what exactly does that mean for your body? Wild Ginger celebrates Avocado Day this 31st of July by sharing some fun facts and scientific facts on avocados with you:

 

Let’s Hass Some Fun

 

Bravocado To the Scientists

 

All You Avo Wanted

 

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Type of Avocado: Unspecified type from Australia, America, & Mexico

Order: via Beepit

Price Range: From RM 5.50 per piece

 

 

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Type of Avocado: American Hass, Australian Hass, Australian Shepherd, Mexican Hass, Kenyan Hass, & Indonesian Butter

Order: via WhatsApp

Price Range: Varies according to type

 

 

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Type of Avocado: Australian Hass, Mexican Hass, & Philippino Hass

Order: via Instagram

Price Range: Varies according to set chosen

 

 

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Price Range:
From RM 10.60

You might have heard about it from your health-conscious yoga instructor or seen your in-the-know Instagram friend swear by its benefits. But if you are still clueless to what kombucha really is, for the love of gut, you’re about to get a Kombucha 101 crash course!

At its simplest level, kombucha, or the “booch” as some like to call it, is fermented tea. It is typically made by brewing together tea, sugar, liquid from a previous batch and a colony of live bacteria and yeast known as SCOBY, essentially short for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.

This beverage, with the perfect balance of tang and tart, has managed to gain a cult following over the years as it’s known to be a great source of probiotics – but most of all, it just tastes really good! The probiotics found in kombucha can improve gut health and aid digestion.

Now, if that pitch got your attention and you would like to taste the benefits of the booch for yourself, we’ve put together a list of some homegrown Malaysian kombuchas below:

  1. WonderBrew Kombucha

 

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Sourced from local farmers and the first Halal-certified kombucha in Malaysia, WonderBrew Kombucha is produced in small batches to preserve its quality and freshness. The company also encourages sustainability by upcycling its SCOBY into vegan leather, as well as running recycling programmes for its customers. Their popular blends include Markisa Breeze, a concoction of passion fruit with a hint of mint, and Lite Green, for those who prefer lite tea with a smoother and floral after-taste.

 

  1. Belly Good Kombucha

 

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Founded by two good friends in 2017, Belly Good Kombucha is brewed and bottled right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Made using premium tea biscuits sourced from their various tea plantations in Yunnan Province, China, Belly Good’s kombuchas are guaranteed to give you an optimally balanced brew with the right amount of crisp and refreshing flavour. Their current flavour combinations include First Love (lychee and pu-er tea), Piña Colada (pineapple, coconut and green tea), Lululemonade (lemon, ginger and green tea) and Golden Goddess (ginger, lemongrass, turmeric and pu-er tea).

 

  1. Wild Kombucha

 

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Wild Kombucha is the brainchild of Jason Tan who recognised what a simple, fizzy booch could do for his health and skin. The Malaysian artisanal kombucha brand handcrafts its brews in small batches using natural ingredients, such as real fruits, to make every sip pleasantly fragrant and delightfully healing. With 12 flavours to choose from – some of which include The Apple Aid, Lavender Lemonade, Tropical Mango and Sencha Pear, there’s something for every taste bud. If you’re feeling bold, you can also go wild with their Cultured Coffee kombucha, a refreshing fermented coffee that helps promote good digestion.

 

  1. ChaCha Kombucha

 

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Founded by plant-based chef, Matthieu Morisset and fitness trainer, Ishaq Vadillo, ChaCha Kombucha is made with 100% natural ingredients for guilt-free drinking pleasure. Brewed in a microbrewery in Damansara Perdana, ChaCha’s kombuchas are expected to pack a fruity and fizzy kick to help make healthy living enjoyable. Customers can enjoy a range of flavours such as Love Bucha (raspberry), Green Bucha (apple, carrot, spinach, celery and cucumber) and Buzz Bucha (vanilla).

 

  1. Zenboocha

 

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Fairly new in the market, this homemade kombucha brand was created with the purpose to make Malaysians feel good both on the inside and the outside. Zenboocha carefully selects its natural ingredients to produce unapologetically flavourful and annoyingly guilt-free brews. All four flavours from Ginger Honey to Passion Potion has refreshing flavours packed with antioxidants that are great for your gut.

 

We don’t know about you, but you can never go wrong with a fizzy bevvy that’s also rich in probiotics, especially on more scorching days. We’ll drink to that!

Shoppers can now enjoy another way to shop safely and seamlessly during the Full Movement Control Order (FMCO). Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s leading premier shopping destination, presents its new drive-thru service, enabling shoppers to shop without having to leave their car.

 

Minimising social interaction and practising safe distancing has never been more important during the nationwide lockdown. Now, with Pavilion KL’s drive-thru service, shoppers will not only avoid queues at stores, but save time as well as money on delivery fees.

 

The drive-thru service is available for purchases from selected food and beverage outlets as well as retailers permitted to operate during the FMCO. Those missing their favourite coffee, snacks, food and sweet treats from Pavilion KL can now pre-order from outlets such as illy Caffe, Harriston Chocolatier Café, Baskin Robbins, Calia, Grand Imperial Seafood Hot Pot & BBQ, Rakuzen and D Empire, and simply drive-thru to pick up their order.

 

On top of that, shoppers can also drive-thru to pick up their contact lenses or prescription glasses from a range of optical stores. With the drive-thru service, shoppers can pick up multiple orders from different tenants at the same time, at no extra cost. Click here for the full list of participating tenants for Pavilion KL’s drive-thru service.

 

Shopping has never been this easy. To utilise Pavilion KL’s drive-thru service and pick up purchases at Pavilion KL’s designated drive-thru pick-up point at the Chulan Entrance (see map above):

 

In compliance with the government’s standard operating procedures (SOPs) during the FMCO, selected stores offering essential services will continue to operate daily. To shop for essentials, shoppers can visit Pavilion KL to stock up on groceries and household items at Mercato (Level 1) and purchase medicine and personal care items pharmacies, such as Caring Pharmacy, Watsons and Guardian located on Level 1 from 10AM to 8PM daily. Click here for the full list of operating outlets.

dōTERRA, a leading health and wellness company, recently celebrated its fourth anniversary in Malaysia via a virtual event that brought together over 6,500 participants. The highlight of the event was the launch of the company’s first-ever food product, TerraMix FB, to the Malaysian market.

TerraMix FB is naturally flavoured lemon-apple botanical beverage that provides a good source of soluble and insoluble fibers through a mix of natural apple fiber, tapioca fiber and ground flaxseeds.

“The Malaysian Dietary Guidelines recommends the intake of 25 g to 30 g of dietary fiber per day, which is equivalent to consuming a lot of vegetables, fruits and several bowls of oatmeal together,” said Ethan Wang, General Manager of dōTERRA Malaysia. “TerraMix FB will make it easier for Malaysians to obtain the recommended amount of dietary fiber on a daily basis, with each serving of the flavorful botanical drink providing up to five grams of dietary fiber.”

What is an alternative latte and why would any latte be labelled as a superfood? In a nutshell: an alternative latte is caffeine free, dairy free, and filled with much needed nutrients. The fact that superfood lattes are served in various shades of the colour wheel is a definite bonus for consumers demanding functional ingredients that can boost energy and the immune system – and according to Grand View Research, it’s a growing demand.

If you’re obsessed with caffeine and frowning at the idea of anything other than an actual latte then here’s:

Why You Should Consider Reducing Your Caffeine Intake and / or Ditching Caffeine Altogether
  1.    If You Want More Sustained Energy Throughout the Day

For those unaware: caffeine is a stimulant and like any other stimulant, the effect is temporary. The reason you feel that distinctive caffeine buzz is due to adrenaline and cortisol being released – hormones that kickstart your fight-or-flight response.

  1. If You Want to Feel Less Anxious

Unfortunately, that fight or flight response can cause anxiety, heart palpitations, nervousness, and even panic attacks. For adolescents, a high intake of caffeine has shockingly been linked to increased chances of depression.

  1. If You Want to Efficiently Absorb Nutrients

Without getting too complicated, caffeine contains tannins and tannins can potentially inhibit the absorption of calcium, iron, and vitamin B. By lowering your caffeine intake or refraining from caffeine, this side effect is then reversed.

  1. If You Want to Balance Your Hormones

Research has found that caffeine can change the way estrogen is metabolised – especially in younger women. Ironically, for women experiencing menopause, caffeine may increase estrogen which can result in increased symptoms (such as hot flashes).

  1. If You Want Better & Deeper Sleep

Unsurprisingly, caffeine has been proven to alter sleep cycles which results in restless sleep. If you switch to superfood lattes over traditional lattes, you may find that falling asleep becomes easier, too.

The Various Benefits of Superfood Lattes
  1. Hojicha Latte

 

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As Hojicha comprises of L-Theanine, it’s the perfect superfood latte to start with if you want better sleep. L-Theanine has a calming effect and can actually help to lower your heart rate. Considering how the Covid-19 is still rampant, boosting your immune system remains more important than ever. Guess what? L-Theanine does exactly that as it helps your immune system function better (but of course, stay safe)!

Purchase a Hojicha Latte from Oh Cha Matcha

  1. Turmeric Latte

 

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You probably drool over curry, but have you tried consuming only it’s main ingredient (turmeric)? Most likely, your answer is ‘no’ although if you were to ask any health freak, they’d reverently nod ‘yes’. Reason being that turmeric contains a compound known as curcumin which is anti-viral, contains anti-inflammatory properties, and has anti-parasitic qualities.

Traditionally, it was yogis who combined turmeric with black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, and dairy-free milk. Nowadays, this concoction, known as Golden Milk, can be tried by anybody in the world who has access to superfood lattes!

Purchase Golden Milk from Damai Café

  1. Beetroot Latte

 

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Totally surprising: recent studies have shown that beetroot can improve athletic performance. As beetroot is rich in nitrate, it can improve blood flow, too, which leads to notable health benefits. A major reason why city-dwellers especially should try a Beetroot Latte is because beetroots are a source of betalains which supports liver detoxification.

Purchase a Beetroot Latte from Urbean Café

  1. Charcoal Latte

 

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Almost every Asian is aware of how important it is to have charcoal pills on standby, so it makes sense to include activated charcoal into a superfood latte. If you’re unaware of why charcoal pills should be an essential item in your household, then know that activated charcoal helps gastrointestinal issues – such as bloating, indigestion, and irritable bowel syndrome. It helps by reducing tension and discomfort by binding to toxins which in turn, eliminates said toxins.

Purchase a Charcoal Latte from Fittie Sense 

  1. Rooibos Latte

 

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Yes, Rooibos is a tea but it can also double as a superfood latte when non-dairy milk is added! Due to its antioxidant properties, it’s known for boosting overall heart health and lowering cholesterol levels. Like most antioxidants, Rooibos has the potential to reduce the risk of cancer – a definite win/ win situation (yummy and healthy).

Purchase a Rooibos Latte from RGB Café

Start Your Superfood Latte Journey

Note that every café and / or restaurant chosen was specifically picked due to being able to provide alternative milk options. If you’re ready to taste the rainbow, then place your superfood latte order ASAP and tag @wildgingermy to let us know your thoughts!

So another MCO is upon us, meaning the option to ‘balik kampung’ is unfortunately unavailable to us. Similarly, visiting family and friends to ‘makan’ together in celebration of Hari Raya may not be possible for everyone due to inter-district travel being banned!

But guess what?

Even if you can’t ‘balik kampung’ or attend any open houses, you can still enjoy traditional Malay dishes through food delivery services such as GrabFood, Foodpanda and Beepit. Although many perceive Malay food to be unfriendly for vegetarians and / or vegans, mouth-watering options do exist so here’s a comprehensive list of traditional and typical Malay food you can enjoy:

 

 

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BMS Organics Cafe was founded in 2007 and, since the start, has focused on providing customers with food free from artificial colouring, chemical preservatives, GMOs and MSG. If you avoid microwaves, then know that BMS Organics Cafe does not cook its food in microwaves at all!

If you’re craving: Curry Laksa

Location: Find a BMS Organics Cafe outlet near you (and double check that it’s the cafe)

Opening Hours: Varies depending on outlet

Order via GrabFood during MCO

 

 

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HalaVeg was founded by a local woman who decided to leave her high-paying job to start a vegan restaurant. Why? After 10 years of being vegan, she realised that more options for vegans were needed, which is why the slogan for HalaVeg is: everything you love made vegan.

If you’re craving: Nasi Tomato with Ayam Masak Merah (Ramadhan Special)

Location: LG07, Empire Damansara, 47820 Petaling Jaya

Opening Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Order via GrabFood during MCO

 

 

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The Hungry Tapir (THT) opened during the first MCO in Malaysia and, despite the challenges, has only gained in popularity due to its diverse menu that offers a fusion of flavours. If you want to know more about THT, then read our interview with the foundHer here!

If you’re craving: Satay

Location: Lot 135, Jalan Petaling, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (closed on Mondays)

Order via GrabFood during MCO

 

 

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Lauk Pauk is basically a warung that’s been urbanised. Literally nestled in the heart of the city, Lauk Pauk caters to meat eaters and non-eaters, so note that choices for vegetarians and / or vegans is limited compared to other options in this list. 

If you’re craving: Pajeri Nenas

Location: RexKL, Jalan Sultan, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: Varies depending on the day 

Order via Grabfood during the MCO

 

MediFood is run by a team of dietitians, nutritionists, and pharmacists with more than a decade of experience combined. While you can’t physically visit a branch right now, know that you can get professional advice on your dietary needs for free once the restaurant / store reopens.

If you’re craving: Mee Rebus

Location: Bangsar South, Damansara Kim, or Subang Jaya 

Opening Hours: Varies depending on outlet

Order via GrabFood during MCO

 

 

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Sala is known for its Tex-Mex cuisine but as the owner is local, he included Malaysian favourites in the menu. On Fridays, Bakso is available but normally sells out fast so if that’s something you’ve been craving, know that Sala is currently the only vegan restaurant providing Bakso. 

If you’re craving: Nasi Lemak with Rendang 

Location: Find a Sala outlet near you 

Opening Hours: Varies depending on outlet

Order via GrabFood during MCO

 

 

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Simple Life was founded in Malacca, 1992. Originally, it was a shop selling organic products and organic food. Following its success, Simple Life slowly started expanding and there are now 12 outlets across the Klang Valley, so check which outlet is closest to you by clicking the link below!

If you’re craving: Assam Pedas (labelled as Assam Seaweed Beancurd)

Location: Find a Simple Life outlet near you

Opening Hours: Varies depending on outlet

Order via GrabFood during MCO

 

 

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Tze Erne was founded in 2015 based on the chap fan concept – essentially, a Chinese version of a warung. The menu is incredibly affordable and consists of mainly Chinese food but classic Malay items make an appearance, too. If you love salted egg yolk chicken, then the vegetarian version by Tze Ern is another recommendation! 

If you’re craving: Butter Chicken

Location: D3-G4-09, Publika, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: Varies depending on the day 

Order via GrabFood during the MCO

 

Bonus: Even though Hijau is currently not available for dine-ins, keep it in mind for when the MCO is lifted as the pop-up buffet serves delectable vegan food. For now, a few dishes from the weekly buffet can be ordered via Thursdvys

 

 

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That’s right – everyone’s favourite bazaar and food court experiences are back on-ground this year, teaming up for Tiffin Ber-RIUH Raya on the 1st and 2nd May at Sentul Depot! As one of the very first ‘new normal’ events to take place, there will be tightened and strict COVID-19 SOPs, including event admission by registration only. Registration starts 23rd April onwards, so make sure you register here to get Raya ready with RIUH!

As always, in the spirit of ‘support lokal’, Tiffin Ber-RIUH Raya will feature 52 homegrown retail brands with a fabulous array of apparel, accessories, cookies, home decor and beauty offerings to shop from. Popular picks include Whimsigirl, AnaAbu and Tangsi, while Machino, Bloom Batik and Jamuglo will bring some new names to the lineup. Also get ready to delight your culinary senses through Tiffin’s curation of 12 food and drink purveyors that will serve Raya flavours with a twist!

Not forgetting the giving spirit of Raya, you’ll be able to give back to society when you purchase from twelve Buy For Impact retail vendors – discover food, fashion, lifestyle and gifts that benefit different communities, such as single mothers, refugee youth, the hearing impaired community, and the environment.

The RIUH stage will also be returning this year with live performances, headlined by Ushera, Colour of Voices, Mafidz, Merakki, MAI and ASK Dance Company with a special Raya showcase.

Find out more about this festive event on RIUH’s website or follow them on Instagram for more updates!

You’re probably reading this because you haven’t watched Seaspiracy, so full disclaimer: this article contains spoilers. If you’re not planning to watch the documentary, then keep reading!

 

The reason Seaspiracy is all the rage right now is because of the shocking facts it unveiled to the public. Released by Netflix and produced by Kip Anderson, Seaspiracy revolves around raising awareness on environmental pollution – specifically, as you may have guessed, ocean pollution. 

Over the course of 89 minutes, numerous factors contributing to ocean pollution are discussed and dissected, so let’s dive into the details:

 

Eliminating Plastic Straws Is Not The Answer

 

Eliminating Fishing Gear Is The Answer

 

Sustainable Fishing Is Not Actually Sustainable 

 

The Major and Main Issue: Bycatch 

 

Oh And Human Slavery Still Exists

 

How You Can Help

Feeling shook? That’s more than understandable, but here’s some good news: you can help. Seriously. By boycotting the commercial fishing industry, you basically vote with your dollar as the saying goes!

Of course, don’t stop, drop, and immediately roll into vegetarianism or veganism – take baby steps. You can start by incorporating ‘Fishless Fridays’ into your week then gradually add more ‘fishless’ days into your calendar. Alternatively, you can choose to purchase only from local fishermen that you know are not adding to the problem. Simply raising awareness on the data provided by Seaspiracy will help as well – even more so if you sign petitions or create your own. 

Start where you can and take it from there. 

You got this!

Ramadan is here, a month of fasting and reflection for Muslims. Millions of people around the world observe this holy month, and use it as an opportunity to cleanse their minds, bodies and souls from harmful impurities. It’s a time to practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice and empathy for those who are less fortunate, including abstaining from eating and drinking from sunset to sunrise.

As peaceful and spiritual Ramadan is, these drastic changes to your eating routine can be hard and cause discomfort. This makes it even more crucial to have a proper diet, even though you are consuming less food. Focus on nourishing your body with healthy foods that will give you an energy boost throughout the day.

Don’t know what to eat? HealthifyMe, a digital health and fitness platform, has come up with a nutritious and delicious Ramadan meal plan to keep you feeling energised while fasting. These simple suggestions will take your mind off what to cook or prepare, and afford you more time to indulge in spirituality.

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If you need more motivation to remain fit during Ramadan, HealthifyMe will be organising a free virtual Ramadan festival on their mobile app. New and existing users can participate in daily fitness challenges and stand a chance to win exciting prizes.

Download HealthifyMe now for more meal plans and other personalised solutions, such as localised health content, fitness workouts and health advice to help achieve your fitness and nutrition goals!

It’s been a devastating year for the restaurant industry, more than 2,000 eateries in Malaysia were forced to shut down permanently since the pandemic started. The entire service industry was thrown into a tailspin, but chefs soon came to realise that they were still able to work from home. Social media connected home cooks, and hobbyists, with the hungry and bored. The rapidly growing business opportunity was so attractive that every time you opened Instagram, a new home-based food venture would pop up. It was, after all, a fast and easy way to earn money during a time of job losses and pay cuts.

 

Our stay-at-home scrolling habits created an even bigger demand for delicious, and eye-catching, desserts. Even those with little or no experience in baking were able to cash in on their new MCO hobby. One of these successful passion projects is Nis.Bakes – an online dessert shop that offers simple yet unique flavours such as rose pistachio, earl grey, and maple cinnamon cupcakes and cakes. The founder, Enisa Farith, is a PR and Marketing specialist who simply wanted to recreate the rose pistachio tres leche cake from L’eto in London for herself, but it turned out to be such a scroll-stopping treat (now their signature cake) that others wanted a taste. She then went on to make an Instagram page for her decadent desserts, and the rest is history. Read on to see how you can also start your own home-based food business with advice from this new baker.

 

 

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How long did you start planning and researching before launching your business?

It was a very spontaneous decision. I reckon I probably spent about one week researching prices, sourcing ingredients, coming up with the brand identity I wanted to convey, etc. before launching it. I first sold the cakes to people I knew before advertising it on social media – after my fourth attempt at baking the cake, I didn’t have much time on my hands and couldn’t wait to bake all the basics before learning how to bake a cake, so I relied heavily on YouTube. Baking is really about understanding the science, so perfecting the cake came after many attempts. 

 

How did you know what to price your products?

I visited and analysed my competitors’ Instagram pages to gauge a preliminary sense of pricing. I really had no clue in the beginning, so I also asked friends and family how much they were willing to pay. The ingredients I use as well are of premium quality and most are imported, so that resonated with the prices I introduced. And of course, I took into account the costs to produce the baked goods.

 

What challenges did you face starting a business during the pandemic?

It didn’t take very long for me to realise how competitive the F&B industry is; especially during the pandemic – when more home-food businesses are popping up. One of the main challenges is probably having to come up with a new flavour / dessert frequently and especially with my busy schedule, I knew I was going to struggle. Fortunately, Nis.Bakes is not your typical dessert shop, I knew I didn’t want to sell regular flavoured desserts such as cheesecake, Lotus Biscoff, chocolate – ones that other dessert shops have already excelled at making. Being a newcomer in both baking and in the online dessert industry, I knew I had to be unique to be distinctive, so I experimented with baking unconventional flavoured desserts and focused on perfecting them.

 

 

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How do you juggle running your own business and working a full-time job?

It is not easy; Nis.Bakes is a one woman show. Weekdays are the most hectic days, I come into work at 9AM, come home at 7PM, head for a quick shower and within 30 minutes, I’m in the kitchen baking for 3 or 4 hours. I take a limited amount of orders every week as a result of this, 15 orders max. Weekends are my off days, I’ve realised that those two days are important to recuperate and recharge. It’s definitely improved my time management skills, but what keeps me going is my customers’ satisfaction, it’s very rewarding and I don’t regret the decision of setting up Nis.Bakes. They are also very understanding of my situation and I’m extremely grateful for them.

 

What advice do you have for others looking to start their own home-food business?

Just go for it! There’s never a right time to embark on a new venture in your life. You will make mistakes along the way, but you’ll learn from it and continue to improve!

 

Nis.Bakes is currently on pause for a month or so, but they are looking for part-time helpers: drop them a DM on Instagram and let them know why you’d like to join their home kitchen!

We made it through another month. Woo hoo! From the arrival of the vaccine to the ending of the MCO (movement control order), things are slowly starting to look up. Even our houses are beginning to feel more like home again, with work moving back to the office and workouts moved back to the gym. 

 

Since you loved the self-love gifts we shared last month, we’re going to make it a monthly feature – just in time for payday! Take it as a much-needed reminder to do something nice for yourself because you deserve it. You’ll also be supporting some stellar local brands, so it’s a gift that’ll keep on giving. Spoil yourself with these self-care picks:

 

 

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You can never have too many candles, especially when they’re from Barn & Jones! The natural soy wax candle brand offers an array of soothing scents that allow you to experience the tranquil outdoors in the comfort of your own living room, such as hiking through alpine trails and dancing among wildflowers. What we love about their bestseller, Northern Lights, is that its scent evolves with each burn – the lemon, bergamot, winter berry, flowering succulent, violet and white musk take turns to shine.

 

 

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A tote bag created to be carried through heartbreak, joy, celebrations, speed bumps and high roads, this item from Oh Sebenar is a classic. A wardrobe staple, it goes with everything and can fit more than just your essentials! It can also help reduce decision fatigue – just grab your trusty tote bag and go, instead of wasting time and energy trying to decide which bag to carry.

 

 

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As calming as they are, you can’t fall asleep with candles lit, but you can enjoy the same aromatherapy with Vase Creation’s pillow mist. Spritz it on your pillows and linen, get comfy, and slowly start to breathe in and out. The hand-blend of organic pure essential oils (lavender patchouli, sweet orange, roman chamomile, vetiver and cedarwood), will help you journey into a deep, quality sleep. Enjoy the smooth, relaxing ride!

 

 

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Known for their ‘boxes of happiness’, Sugar And I are on a mission to make people smile with their delicious desserts. Their combo box includes fan-favorites, Bombolonis and Japanese Cream Puffs, which are comfortingly soft, bursting rich and fabulous flavours in your mouth – a celebration (of happiness) indeed!

 

 

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If your self-care rituals include following a therapeutic skincare routine before bed, add this hydration booster from Millefleur to your nightly roster. The organic serum is rich in vitamins and antioxidants that aid in the repairing of cells for healthier, radiant skin. Its gel-based vegan formula is gentle enough for those with sensitive skin to also be able to achieve a fresh feeling and glowing complexion!