Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Support Local Restaurants: Buy a Giftcard to Help Your Favourite Restaurants

Local restaurants are suffering due to the Movement Control Order (MCO) and many are deciding whether they close shop for good.

UMAI recently launched the largest directory of Malaysian restaurants and cafes that offer gift cards and vouchers, making it easier for diners to support their favorite restaurants by purchasing a gift card / vouchers which can be redeemed later. Buying full or discounted value vouchers will help restaurants with immediate cashflow, and offset lost income amidst the MCO.

Restaurants are struggling to stay afloat, as they are no longer allowed to serve customers in-house, and sales are down across the country. As F&B businesses typically operate at a 3 – 5% margin, there’s not much buffer room left for them to weather this out, putting their teams and business at risk of closure. While gift cards provide immediate income relief that will help these business continue running, less than 1% of Malaysian restaurants are offering this service – UMAI is offering this software for free, during this unprecedented times.

“There are a lot of restaurants that are deciding whether they stay is business or not,” says Co-Founder, Jonas Chelbat. “Our generosity, collectively as consumers, now literally affects the ability of your favorite restaurant to stay open.”

“At this point, the purchasing of gift cards is the best thing any of us can do to support restaurants – and it’s win- win. It’s like giving a restaurant or cafe a loan, and getting paid back in food, drinks and appreciation. We built this software so that consumers can purchase this on behalf of loved ones, support the less fortunate or simply for themselves during this difficult time,” says Co-Founder, Alexander Small. “The most important thing we can do is bring attention to the problem, and help the community play a role in solving it.”

The site currently features 63 restaurants that sell gift cards. UMAI is aiming to help at least 200 more restaurants make it onto the list. Visitors can:
• Search for a specific restaurant, or browse based on who has discounted gift cards - by area, cuisine type and so forth.
• Visitors can purchase a restaurants gift card directly from the restaurant’s website, by clicking on a
• Any restaurant can add their gift card to the directory.

Check out the website here: https://www.umai.io/en/malaysia

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Recipe: Egg Banh-Jo (Fried Egg Sandwich with Pickles)

What's an Egg Banh-Jo? The egg banh-jo is a cross between two famous sandwiches - the British egg banjo and Vietnamese banh mi. I came up with the idea of putting these two together during the recent MCO.

We have egg banjo quite regularly in our house for breakfast or lunch as it is really easy to make yet so tasty. Egg banjo is a popular British military snack, commonly made with heavily buttered thick sliced bread, fried runny eggs and ketchup. How did it get its name - well, apparently one of the guys in the military spilt some yolk on his uniform, and the act of cleaning it, with the sandwich held out to the side with one hand whilst the other wipes at the drips, gives the impression of playing an invisible banjo.

Banh mi is one of my favourite sandwiches but we have never attempted making it at home as you will need a good crusty baguette. I love the simple egg banh mi, with just fried egg, pickled carrot & daikon and coriander. So, the idea came to combine my favourite aspect of the banh mi - the pickles - with the egg banjo. And Hubby came up with the clever name - egg banh-jo!

For our version at home, we usually use burger buns, slathered with margarine and then toasted in a frying pan. You can also use thick white bread if you like. For the eggs, we like them a little crisp on the edges, over easy and just a little runny. The pickles add a refreshing crunch, I can foresee us making this again soon!

egg banh-jo recipe

Egg Bahn-Jo (Fried egg sandwich with pickles)
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 1 minute
Cooking time: under 10 minutes
Serves 4

4 burger buns, halved
2 tbsp cooking oil
4 eggs
Pickled carrot and daikon (recipe here)

1. Spread margarine on the burger buns and then lightly toast in a heated frying pan.

2. In a separate pan, heat cooking oil over medium high heat. Fry the eggs, and then flip over and cook to your liking.

3. To assemble, place fried egg on the bottom half of the bun, then place a generous mound of pickled carrot and daikon on the egg before placing the top of the bun. Enjoy!

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