Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Recipe: Pulled Pork Buns with Apple Slaw (Braising Method)

Commonly, pulled pork or beef is made either by slow cooking in the oven or braising over the stove.  Slow and low is the way to go. 

So, for this recipe, I used pork shoulder and braised it on low heat for 2 hours. By the time you are done, there will only be a few tablespoonfuls of braising liquid left. Allow the pork to cool and then shred. I made some apple slaw and barbecue sauce to go with the pulled pork buns and it was delish! Will definitely be making this again. 

Pulled Pork Buns with Apple Slaw
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 15-30 minutes
Cooking time: 2 minutes
Makes 5

5 burger buns
Butter or margarine, for spreading

For the pulled pork
600g pork shoulder
600ml boiling water
2tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
2 bay leaves
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Freshly ground black pepper
I tsp mirin

1. Place all ingredients in a cast iron pot. Bring to boil, then simmer / braise on low heat for 2 hours. There should be about a few tablespoonfuls of braising liquid left.

2. Remove pork from pot. Allow to cool and then shred.

Note: cut the pork into half if it’s too “tall”, so that it is immersed in the braising liquid.

For the barbecue sauce
3 tbsp ketchup
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp brown sugar

1. Remove bay leaf from braising liquid. Crush the garlic with the back of your spoon. Add ketchup, apple cider vinegar and sugar and simmer over low heat for 5-10 mins. Taste and add more ketchup or sugar as required.

2. Return pulled pork to sauce and toss.

For apple slaw
2-3 tbsp Mayo
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 cup cabbage, very thinly sliced
1 juicy apple, julienned
5 walnut, roughly chopped
1/2T raisins

1. Place mayo, apple cider vinegar and brown sugar in a bowl and mix well. Season with some salt, then toss cabbage, apple, walnuts and raisins in.

To assemble:
1. Spread some butter on halved buns. Lightly toast under grill for 1-2 mins.

2. Top with pulled pork and apple slaw. Enjoy!

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Monday, May 30, 2022

Shopee enables more sellers to grow their business with new Facebook Ads on Shopee Seller Centre

 Shopee enables more sellers to grow their business with new Facebook Ads on Shopee Seller 
Shopee is one of the first e-commerce platforms to integrate Facebook Ads for its community of over 20 million online sellers, empowering them to boost their reach and sales

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, announced that Facebook Ads is now officially available on Shopee Seller Centre across Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, empowering the region’s largest community of over 20 million sellers with new tools to grow their businesses.

With 95% of Shopee users relying on Facebook and Instagram to discover new brands and products, this integration enables sellers to boost their online presence by tapping Facebook, Instagram and Audience Network channels to help drive traffic to their official Shopee stores. Facebook Ads also allows for greater personalisation of ads that are served based on users’ preferences and behaviours on the platform, thus promoting order conversion and maximising sales growth.

Facebook Ads on Shopee Seller Centre is parrt of Shopee’s ongoing commitment to support businesses of all sizes to scale online. Shopee Seller Centre offers a one-stop platform to help sellers manage their stores with ease, providing them with access to a full suite of marketing and data tools to create listings, run promotions and optimise their online business performance. They can now set up, launch and manage Facebook Ads campaigns easily and quickly through Shopee Seller Centre.

Kenneth Soh, Head of Marketing Campaigns at Shopee Malaysia said, “Establishing a partnership with Meta to launch Facebook Ads on Shopee Seller Centre will greatly impact our sellers positively and indeed is a game-changer for them. Now, our sellers can utilise and leverage an additional feature on our Seller

Centre together with other Shopee marketing solutions to increase the visibility of their Shopee store and products to even more interested shoppers. They are now capable of extending their products' ads across other apps and websites thus increasing their customer base. We will continue to expand our ecosystem through more industry-leading partnerships such as our collaboration with Meta to continue supporting our sellers with more opportunities to scale and upskill digitally.”

Facebook Ads with Shopee was first introduced in 2019 where only brands could run and manage campaigns through Facebook’s platform. Since then, many brands have scaled their business with it, resulting in an average of 5 times return on ad spend (ROAS) across all categories in the second half of 2021.

Damian Kim, Country Director of Meta Singapore said, “It is more important than ever for businesses to reach and engage with customers that matter to them, especially as consumer shopping behaviours continue to change dramatically. Digital discovery remains crucial in driving demand and sales, and I am excited that the launch of Facebook Ads through the Shopee Seller Centre will be the enabling engine for thousands of sellers to have equitable and easier access to leverage Facebook Ads which will connect them with new customers and grow their businesses.”

Integrating Facebook Ads on Seller Centre allows for a simplified self-onboarding process that was designed to offer users a seamless campaign management process from start to end. Aside from shortening the time to launch a campaign via Seller Centre, sellers can conveniently top up and pay for ad credits without having to leave the platform. They can also get full visibility of their Facebook Ads campaign performance and be equipped with actionable insights to optimise results, alongside other ad campaigns.

Facebook Ads on Shopee Seller Centre is currently available to selected sellers across seven markets during this initial launch phase, and will be rolled out to more sellers in subsequent months. 

Find out more about Facebook Ads on Shopee Seller Centre here.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Recipe: Chicken Char Siu Buns

You may have had something similar (pork chashu buns) at the ramen restaurant. 

This is an easy, chicken version which you can make at home in under 15 mins. Sandwich the chicken char siu with some lettuce in a fluffy steamed lotus leaf buns (also called Hirata buns). Your guests or fellow diners can even assemble their own buns at the dinner table. My kids definitely enjoyed it.

Chicken char siu buns
Chicken char siu buns

Chicken char siu buns

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250g chicken breast or fillet, thinly sliced
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 tbsp hoisin sauce
1/2 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 1 tbsp water
2-3 lettuce leaves, sliced
10 frozen lotus leaf buns (Hirata buns)

For the marinade
1 tsp Shaoxing wine
1 tsp light soy sauce
1/4 tsp garlic powder
A few dashes of white pepper

1. Marinate chicken for 10 mins.

2. Steam buns over high heat for 10 mins.

3. Heat oil in pan. Add chicken and sautรฉ for 4-5 mins, until cooked through. Add hoisin sauce. Add cornstarch slurry to thicken sauce.

4. Assemble your buns at dinner table, by placing lettuce on buns and topped with chicken char siu.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Enliven Your Raya with Shopee

After almost a month of fasting, many are looking forward to celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri with their family and friends. Some may be preparing to balik kampung while some may be busy preparing their homes to welcome their loved ones.

In order to assist Malaysians with the last minute Raya shopping, Raya With Shopee is offering the lowest price and best deals in town. On top of that, Malaysians can enjoy the following during Raya With Shopee from now till 5 May 2022:

Free Shipping Min Spend RM5
Forgot the cinnamon sticks or star anise for the rendang? Fret not as it is available on Shopee and you get to enjoy free shipping with a minimum spend of just RM5. Just claim the free shipping vouchers and apply them before checking out for your purchases.

100% Raya Coins Cashback
Besides convenience, Shopee provides extra savings through Shopee Coins Cashback. Without any minimum spend, you will receive 100% Coins Cashback (capped at RM5) for your purchases when you claim and apply the 100% Coins Cashback voucher. How about getting Coins Cashback for the last minute Raya cookies shopping?

Weekly Motorcycle Giveaway
It is not too late to Spin & Win to collect golden tickets daily to be in the running to win a Vespa Sprint S 150 motorcycle and Gold Bars as consolation prizes. Don’t miss out the opportunity to accumulate additional golden tickets for a better chance of winning!

Have you gotten your hands on the SimplySiti Pearl Collection? It is the brand’s latest collection launched in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri. If you have not, do visit https://shopee.com.my/simplysiti to find out more.

Shopee Mall highlights, featuring daily 25% Coins Cashback 
Indulge in a wide range of 100% authentic products guaranteed under Shopee Mall, with offers and discounts available and refreshed daily. Enjoy 25% off days, 25% Coins Cashback and 25% brand vouchers and much more! Celebrate this Raya With Shopee with irresistible deals of 40% off and above from your favourite brands like vivo, Watsons, Laneige, Levi’s, and more!

You can also look out for great offers from brands on Shopee Mall such as Caltex, Dr. Cardin, Gaabor, Grafen, Kitchenz, Logitech, Maserati, MY Mentholatum, MYDIN, Polo Hill, Tealive and Vinda.

In conjunction with Hari Raya festivities, #ShopeeGivesBack and Shopee Supermarket are teaming up to serve the underprivileged. Together, they are inviting all Malaysians to come together to help those in need.

Purchase a Care Box of your choice to be donated to selected NGOs. On top of every Care Box purchased, Shopee Supermarket will also donate RM4. Make an impact here - https://shopee.com.my/m/supermarket-raya-specials.

Exciting deals from ShopeePay & ShopeeFood
This Hari Raya, save up on your fuel expenses and earn rewards when you pay using ShopeePay. Earn RM5 cashback with a minimum spend of RM25 at any Caltex stations. Additionally, get more with ShopeePay by checking out the 1 SEN ShopeePay vouchers from a variety of merchants!

Having a gathering with family and friends this Hari Raya? Liven the festivities with delicious food from ShopeeFood. Choose from the array of delicacies on the platform and enjoy free deliveries all day long! To sweeten up the deal, purchase the ShopeeFood Savings Pass at 1 Sen to get more discounts!

For more information about Raya With Shopee, visit https://shopee.com.my/m/raya-sale.

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Monday, May 2, 2022

Recipe: Fish Maw Peach Gum Dessert Soup

Do you like having tong sui ็ณ–ๆฐด (Chinese dessert soup)? Try this Beauty Fish Maw Peach Gum Dessert which comes with not just one, but two collagen-rich ingredients! 

Beauty Fish Maw Peach Gum Dessert Soup

One of the collagen-rich ingredients is peach gum, which is said to be beneficial to both your stomach and skin as well as being able to relieve stress. Furthermore, there is also fish maw, an excellent source of collagen as well as gel protein to help improve your skin tone.

Peach gum needs to be soaked for 10 hours and will expand to 7 to 10x the dry weight. Once it has been soaked, you will need to clean off the impurities (black bits stuck to the peach gum) by using your fingers or tweezers. Cooking time depends on how chewy/soft you like the texture to be, but 20-30 minutes would usually suffice. So, how does peach gum taste like? It has a wonderful QQ texture, a little like gummy bears. 

For the fish maw, it is first steamed for 15 minutes, then soaked overnight until soft. It has a pleasant texture and in case you're wondering, no fishy smell or taste at all. Overall, the sweetness of this tong sui is absolutely spot on and tasted awesome. You can enjoy it hot, chilled or with milk.

Mother’s Day is coming up soon, so gift your mother or wife with this collagen boosting dessert, I’m sure they will appreciate it! After all, who doesn’t love beautiful looking skin right? You can buy it from here: https://shope.ee/9efhR2e9s8

Beauty Fish Maw Peach Gum Dessert Soup
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 10-15 mins
Cooking time: 1 hour
Serves 4-5

1 x Beauty Fish Maw Peach Gum Dessert Soup pack from @greatoceandriedseafood (comes with peach gum, fish maw, red dates, lotus seed, rock sugar, snow fungus)
1.5l boiling water
2-4 tbsp fresh milk (per bowl) (optional)

1. Steam fish maw for 15 mins and then soak overnight. Cut into smaller pieces.

2. Soak peach gum for 10 hours, then clean impurities (remove black bits).

3. Soak snow fungus for 1 hour, trim off hard yellow core and cut into smaller pieces.

4. Halve the lotus seeds and remove bitter green piths.

5. Halve red dates and remove seeds.

Beauty Fish Maw Peach Gum Dessert Soup

6. Place boiling water in pot. Add red dates, fish maw, lotus seeds and snow fungus and simmer for 40 mins. Add peach gum and simmer for further 10 mins. Finally, add goji berries and rock sugar and simmer for another 10 mins.

7. Serve hot, chilled or with milk.

1. Chill for at least 2 hours for best results.

Beauty Fish Maw Peach Gum Dessert Soup

Beauty Fish Maw Peach Gum Dessert Soup with milk

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