Thursday, August 24, 2023

2023 Mooncakes: KARLS Group

Celebrate this Mooncake Season with KARLS’ Exquisite Mooncake Collections: A Blend of Unconventional Twist and Tradition 

As the Mid-Autumn Festival is fast approaching, KARLS is delighted to unveil its much-anticipated mooncake collection that comprises of eight (8) innovative flavours, four (4) baked and four (4) snow skins mooncakes.

Introducing their Mooncake Collection: 
1. Savory Delights (RM158)
Elevate your taste experience with their umami-packed creations, where local ingredients such as sambal, crispy shrimp and salted egg paste have been added into the mix of their mooncakes. This collection consists of: 

2 x White Lotus w. Salted Egg Paste & Chicken Floss 
2 x Nyonya Sambal w. Crispy Shrimp 

2. Snowy Indulgence (RM148)
Their take on hand-crafted snow skin mooncakes, combining a blend a fusion of flavours into soft, creamy creations. One would expect familiar flavours when indulging in these mooncakes. This collection consists of: 

1 x Black Sesame w. Melon Seeds (Charcoal) 
1 x Chocolate Ganache w. Brownie (White) 
1 x Pu Er w. Goji Berry (Red) 
1 x Golden Corn w. Mixed Seeds (Yellow) 

3. Golden Temptations (RM158)
Share the joy and flavours of the season with their timeless baked mooncakes, a true delight for all ages.These golden treasures offer some twist of heritage and celebration, perfect for those seeking a unique flavour from the traditional ones. This collection consists of: 

1 x Portuguese Custard w. Pandan Lotus 
1 x Portuguese Pu Er w. Lavender 
1 x White Lotus w. Salted Egg Paste & Chicken Floss (savoury) 
1 x Nyonya Sambal w. Crispy Sambal (savoury) 

 KARLS’  mooncake collections are now available for purchase from their official online store (, from today onwards until 29th September 2023. Enjoy an early bird discount of 10% off total bill until 31st August 2023, with no minimum spending. Discount will be automatically applied upon checkout. 

Bulk Orders: Bulk orders are also available upon request. One can enjoy up to 15% off total bill until 29th September 2023. Enquiries can be made via WhatsApp +6019-983 6610.

Pick-up address: Skillet KL, 10 Jalan Perak Kuala Lumpur, Ground Floor, Cormar Suites, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Delivery is also available)

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Recipe: Hor Yip Fan (Lotus Leaf Wrapped Rice)

You've probably come across this dish, Hor Yip Fan (Lotus Leaf Wrapped Rice) at a wedding banquet dinner or a celebratory Chinese New Year meal. We always make sure we have some tummy space left at the end of the 9-course meal to enjoy this.

Hor Yip Fan

Now, you don't have to wait for CNY or wedding banquets to come around to enjoy this. Glutinous rice, along with dried shrimp, Chinese sausage, mushroom and carrots are wrapped in lotus leaf and steamed. The lotus leaf lends a lovely aroma to the dish. Fragrant and flavourful, it’s hard to stop at one bowl.

Hor Yip Fan (Lotus Leaf Wrapped Rice)

I'm using pearl glutinous rice which holds it shape even after steaming; soft individual grains. It is best to soak two leaves and overlap them to cover any gaps/holes you find.

Buy dried ingredients here:
Pearl glutinous rice:
Lotus leaf:
Chinese sausage:
Dried shrimp:
Dried Chinese mushroom:

Step-by-step YouTube recipe video here:

Hor Yip Fan (Lotus Leaf Wrapped Rice)
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 15-20 mins
Cooking time: 1 hour
Serves 4

1 pair Chinese sausage
1 cup pearl rice glutinous, soaked for 6 hours
25g dried shrimp
6 dried mushrooms, soaked for 2 hours
1 carrot, peeled and diced
Spring onion
2 dried lotus leaves
1 shallot
2 cloves garlic
3T cooking oil

1 1/2T light soy sauce
1T oyster sauce
1 tsp dark soy sauce
1/4 tsp white pepper
1T Shaoxing wine

1. Place Chinese sausage on a heatproof plate, then pour boiling water over it. Leave for 5 mins, then peel off the skin from the sausage. Slice one sausage thinly at an angle. Dice the other sausage.
2. Rinse and soak lotus leaves for 1 hour. Bring water to boil in a wok. Boil leaves for 5 mins, until they are pliable. Remove and set aside to cool.

3. Soak dried shrimp in 1/2 cup water for 2 hours. Drain and reserve the soaking water.
Heat 1T oil in wok/pan. Add the sliced Chinese sausage and sauté for 2 mins until fragrant. Remove and set aside.

4. Add remaining oil. Once hot, add the shallot and garlic, and sauté for 2 mins until lightly golden. Then, add dried shrimp and diced Chinese sausage and sauté for further 2 mins. Next, add the carrot and Chinese mushroom and sauté for further 2 mins.

5. Drain rice and add to the wok, stirring well to coat. Then add seasoning and reserved (1/2 cup) dried shrimp soaking water and mix well. Cook until water has been absorbed, about 4-5 mins.

6. Line a deep bowl with lotus leaf, overlapping to cover any holes/ gaps. Lightly brush with some oil.
Arrange sliced Chinese sausage in the centre, then fill with rice mixture. Press down using a spoon to compact. Fold leaves in to form a parcel.

7. Invert parcel onto a steamer basket or heatproof plate. Place in your steamer (or wok filled with water and steamer rack) and steam over high heat for 45 mins. Do check occasionally and top up your steamer with boiling water so it doesn’t dry out.

8. Turn heat off and allow to cool for 10 mins, then cut open and serve. You can cut it in this star shape for a more attractive presentation. 

Hor Yip Fan (Lotus Leaf Wrapped Rice)

Hor Yip Fan (Lotus Leaf Wrapped Rice)

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Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Shopee Empowers Sellers to Customise Products for Malaysians

Shopee Empowers Sellers to Customise Products for Malaysians
Local Handcrafted Products Gain Traction Online

#ShopeeSapotLokal sellers, Lampu Cherita and HomeDecoStore, are deeply motivated by their most important asset: their customers. Their dedication to crafting personalised designs and exceptional service has earned them a loyal customer base, while shaping the rise of value-based Malaysian businesses online. They leverage interactive Shopee features like Shopee Seller Chat, Shopee Live, and Shopee Prizes games to engage customers in two-way feedback, understand values, and interests.

Mohd Zaid Othman, founder of Lampu Cherita, understands Malaysians' desire for high-quality candles similar to international brands, but at more affordable prices. He handcrafts locally-sourced 100% soy wax and environmentally friendly candles from as low as RM7.00. Zaid actively engages customers through Shopee Seller Chat to provide personalised recommendations and explanations about how various scents can be incorporated in their day-to-day lifestyles. This customer-centric approach has earned Lampu Cherita a rating of 4.9 stars from 19 thousand reviewers and gained 23 thousand followers since opening his store on Shopee five years ago.

To keep up with demand, Zaid enlists his family's help and hires two part-time staff. They meticulously hand-pour and custom-create 50 to 100 candles every day from their home-based operations in Cheras. Lampu Cherita's best-selling line (which has sold close to 30 thousand units) the Scented Candle 200ML, includes a range of Malaysian-inspired scents such as Klasik, Pandan, Lychee, Coconut, and Lime Basil Mandarin.

“Four years ago, when I couldn't afford expensive candles, I embarked on a mission to offer the best candle experience to fellow Malaysians without breaking the bank. Using 100% soy wax sourced from Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, I offer top-quality products at the most affordable prices. From my interactions with customers through Shopee Seller Chat, I firmly believe Malaysians are ready to embrace local products that rival international brands in both quality and value. Thanks to Shopee, I have the platform to reach more Malaysians, and with the invaluable dedication of my talented staff, my business grew ten times. Together, we take pride in crafting high-quality, affordable candles that align with Malaysians' preferences,” says Zaid.

Edward Wong, the owner of HomeDecoStore, discovered the potential of his current hero product, the mini sejadah (prayer mat) by listening to invaluable feedback from his Muslim staff. They highlighted the high demand (but scarcity) for high-quality and affordable options in this category to him. Since launching the HDS Sejadah Muka two months ago, it has rapidly become HomeDecoStore's best-selling item. Steady demand and bulk purchases up to 10 thousand pieces within two to three weeks are often for special occasions like kenduri (banquet/feast) door gifts.

"I believe what sets me apart from other sellers is the fact that I create my own unique sejadah designs. I ask customers about their favourite designs and application preferences whenever I engage them on Shopee Live. These valuable inputs inform how I tailor the prayer mats while respecting religious sensitivities. In addition, I get to showcase the products in a 360 way on Shopee Live, enabling me to close deals on the spot. The inclusion of game features like Shopee coins and the Spin the Wheel is crucial in retaining customers' engagement and rewarding them to drive loyalty,” says Edward.

Edward's commitment to offering relevant products, benchmarking competitors' offerings and sourcing from trusted suppliers has earned HomeDecoStore a loyal following of over 34 thousand customers on Shopee. He has also garnered 4.9 stars rating from over 10 thousand reviewers and maintained outstanding Chat Performance of 100% within minutes for four years.

Lampu Cherita and HomeDecoStore have successfully matched the values of their Malaysian customers by playing to local preferences in their innovative candle scents and prayer mat designs. Proactive customer engagement that encourages dialogue and live interactions on Shopee’s platform, has allowed them to grow their local businesses and include downstream suppliers in the economy. Their passion for preserving Malaysian heritage shines through in their offerings that provide affordable options serving local needs.

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Enter The World of HARIBO ZOURR and Discover New Flavours – Mix ZOURR and Soda Party ZOURR

HARIBO, the global market leader in gummies has extended its sour (“ZOURR”) range with two new products – Mix ZOURR and limited edition Soda Party ZOURR. Mix ZOURR is a tangy remix of HARIBO’s bestsellers featuring a variety of gummy shapes, while Soda Party ZOURR – HARIBO’s newest limited edition – features refreshing beverage flavours such as Orange Soda and Lemon Cola.

Both products will join the existing HARIBO ZOURR range of Happy-Cola ZOURR and Worms ZOURR. Best known for its refreshing sour-sweet burst of flavours which provides maximum enjoyment from start to finish, the HARIBO ZOURR sour gummies will be particularly enjoyed and sought after by teens, young adults and the young at heart.

Ongoing Now: The HARIBO ZOURR World

14 – 20 Aug 2023: Sunway Pyramid @ LG2 Central Avenue

4 – 10 Sept 2023: One Utama @ Promenade

Time: 10am – 10pm daily

Enter the world of HARIBO ZOURR at Sunway Pyramid and One Utama to celebrate the new launches! Many exciting activities such as games, prizes, photobooth and more awaits at the HARIBO ZOURR world! Admission is Free!

Come and celebrate with photos and selfies at the neon Instagrammable corner adorned with captivating colours and gummy motives! Snap a photo and upload on Instagram with hashtag #HARIBOMY to stand a chance to win a limited edition HARIBO x Casio collaboration watch.

Next, proceed to the exciting game zone! Have fun at ‘Hit the Target!’ where you are challenged to take aim at a giant dart board. And test your reflexes at the thrilling ‘Catch ‘Em’ game by catching as many sticks as you can as they fall randomly from the top!

Lastly, be sure to try out the sure-win Gashapon machine! Simply purchase any 3 HARIBO products in a single receipt to receive exclusive branded merchandise such as an adorable Goldbear plush toy or gummy tote bag!

Discover The HARIBO ZOURR Gummy Range

The HARIBO ZOURR range consist of four sour varieties that will uplift your spirits and provide maximum refreshment.

Mix ZOURR is a fizzy remix of HARIBO’s bestsellers – Happy-Cola, Worms, Happy Cherries and more – all in one bag for maximum enjoyment.

The new limited edition Soda Party ZOURR is a refreshing new way to enjoy well-loved drinks such as Lemon Cola, Peach Iced Tea, Orange Soda and more. Quench your thirst with these refreshing beverage-shaped gummies!

Worms ZOURR – Each worm gummy comes with two different fruity flavours, making them impossible to resist! Taste the sour burst of flavours no matter which end of the worm you bite first! Get your hands on a packet of Worms ZOURR today!

Happy-Cola ZOURR is a zesty twist on the classic cola flavour that is sure to lift your spirits and give maximum refreshment.

All HARIBO ZOURR products can now be purchased at leading retailers nationwide.

Discover HARIBO’s sour range today and visit the HARIBO ZOURR World at Sunway Pyramid and One Utama!

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