National Day is just around the corner and A&W Malaysia is spreading the Merdeka cheer by offering free mugs of its signature root beer at its outlets this Saturday!
Announcing the promotion via Facebook, A&W even paid tribute to fellow fast food franchises KFC and McDonald’s by taking a leaf out of the latter’s playbook of embracing our local roots with the moniker “Endabyu” — a nod to McDonald’s Bukit Bintang outlet that was recently rechristened “Mekdi”.
The cute cartoon image shared online has A&W’s root bear mascot offering Colonel Sanders and Ronald McDonald some chilled glasses of root beer.
Available to dine-in customers, only while stocks last, on August 31, we’ve got to say, there’s no better way to usher in Merdeka than by slurping on an ice-cold root beer at your favourite “Endabyu” joint.
For over 10 years, an octogenarian in Penang has managed to maintain the price of his wanton at 10 sen (S$0.03) each.
Gan Seng Lean, 83, who has been selling wanton mee since 1949, said he was keen to maintain the price of his wanton at 10 sen each and his wanton noodles at RM3 a plate.
“You cannot find any wanton seller who sells wanton at this price anymore, especially with the price hike in cooking essentials and groceries.
“But I am happy to maintain my wanton price at 10 sen each, as I only want to earn enough to support my wife and me,” he said when interviewed at his home in Jalan Lembah Permai, Tanjung Bungah yesterday.
Gan, who operates from a makeshift kitchen in his house compound, said he wanted to do something to pass time with his wife by selling wanton noodles.
“For my wife and I, we just want to do things to keep ourselves active.
“So we are not expecting a huge amount of customers or very good profits.
“We are happy as long as our customers are happy with the good and cheap food we are offering them,” he said.
Gan’s wife, Cheng Kooi Lan, 80, said she was hoping for both of them to retire but Gan wanted to continue as he loved making wanton noodles.
“I was initially reluctant to continue doing this, as we are both old and move very slow due to our bodily aches and joint pains.
“But Gan loves his work so much. It pains me to see him working so hard so I decided to support and help him in his passion,” she said.
Cheng said at times, their regular customers would make the noodles on their own and help wash the dishes after they finished their meals.
“Some of our regular customers visit so frequently that they know how to make the noodles.
“They would just come into our kitchen, toss the noodles and drain them on their own.
“After they finish eating, some would even wash their own plates as they want to help lighten our workload,” she said.
Student Yeoh Sue Yee, 18, and her three friends were among those who were seen helping themselves at Gan’s stall by packing the 45 wantons they bought.
“We just ate 10 wantons, and are now packing another 45 to bring back.
“I think it is right for us to help them as they are now old. We also do not mind the self-service.
“Besides, we do not know where else can we get 55 wantons for RM5.50,” quipped Yeoh.
Yeoh and her friends, Phuah Yi Wen, Tan Yao Jun and Tan Chin Qi, all 18, said they were happy to find the cheapest wanton noodles near Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, where they are studying.
“Now we can always visit for cheap and good wanton noodles,” said Yao Jun, adding that they only paid about RM17 for four bowls of wanton noodles and 55 wantons.
Gan operates his stall at his house at Jalan Lembah Permai from 10am to 10pm daily.
A married couple did not expect their decision to sell fritters and kuih at 10 sen each could change their life, freeing them from financial hardship.
Nurul Syafini Abd Manap, 35, with her husband, Mohd Hasmi Idris, 39, started selling various types of fritters and kuih in their stall at Jalan Keranji here two months ago.
“Before this, we never had enough money to pay the rent or even for our children’s school expenses as my husband worked as a shop assistant earning between RM30 and RM40 a day.
“But since my husband and I decided to sell fritters for 10 sen, Alhamdulillah, our livelihood has improved.
“There is always money, maybe because of our charitable intentions towards customers, although our profits are not much,” she told Bernama here on Sunday (May 12).
“Every day my husband and I will open the stall at 4pm and at about 6pm, all the fritters and kuih like curry puffs, donuts, ‘onde-onde’, ‘kuih kacang’, ‘cucur badak’, spinach, ‘sosej gulung’, fried popiah, ‘cekodok pisang’, and ‘jemput-jemput jagung’ will be sold out within two hours,” said the mother of six.
Mohd Hasmi said he had earlier objected to his wife’s proposal to sell the fritters and kuih at 10 sen each for fear of not making a profit.
However, he added that he is now grateful as their sacrifice had paid off as there was a high demand.
Mohd Hasmi said they need to provide between 2,000 and 2,500 pieces daily for sales and customers’ orders.
A story like this shows what makes Malaysia such a wonderful place to live in.
A story like this shows what makes Malaysia such a wonderful place to live in.
A netizen named Nasx recently (7th May) shared how he broke fast on a ferry not with his own food, but with food distributed by two selfless non-Muslims. He subsequently shared this heartwarming story on Facebook, in a post which has melted many netizens’ hearts.
Based on the FB post, it is understood that the ferry was heading from Pulau Langkawi to Kuala Kedah but had to turn back due to some malfunctions.
“The passengers were asked
to switch to another ferry and we don’t have food but water to break
fast. Suddenly, a Chinese aunty opened up all her chocolates and
distributed them to the Malays in the ferry because she said we have to
eat as we were fasting.
another Chinese man behind me gave me food from KFC. He said I have to
eat because I was fasting. If I didn’t want the food, I can give it to
others, he said. I just felt like crying,” he wrote.
Nasx went on to praise the generous individuals and emphasised that racism is an individual act and has nothing to do with the race as a whole. Well said!
This inspiring post was shared over 4,000 times and netizens gave their two cents in the comment section.
are of different races but ultimately, we’re all Malaysians. Mutual
respect is the key for us to live harmoniously in this multi-racial
country,” a netizen said.
every race, there will be black sheep which is why we shouldn’t judge a
race based on an individual’s action. In fact, we shouldn’t judge
others at all,” another social media user commented.
Have any heartwarming Ramadan stories to tell? Share with us in the comments!
Eating rice may help prevent obesity, research suggests.
Experts found that people following a Japanese or Asian-style diet based on rice were less likely to be obese than those living in countries where rice consumption was low.
Researchers said low-carbohydrate diets “which limit rice” are a popular weight-loss strategy in developed countries but the effect of rice on obesity has been unclear.
They looked at rice consumption in terms of grams per day per person and calorie intake in 136 countries.
They also looked at data on body mass index (BMI).
In the United Kingdom, people were found to consume just 19g of rice a day, below dozens of other countries including Canada, Spain and the United States.
The researchers calculated that even a modest increase in rice consumption of 50g per day per person could reduce the worldwide prevalence of obesity by 1% (from 650 million adults to 643.5 million).
Prof Tomoko Imai, from Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts, Kyoto, Japan, who led the research, said: “The observed associations suggest that the obesity rate is low in countries that eat rice as a staple food.
“Therefore, a Japanese food or an Asian-food-style diet based on rice may help prevent obesity.
“Given the rising levels of obesity worldwide, eating more rice should be recommended to protect against obesity even in Western countries.”
Giving possible reasons why rice can help, Prof Imai said rice was low fat, adding: “It’s possible that the fibre, nutrients and plant compounds found in whole grains may increase feelings of fullness and prevent overeating.”
The authors concluded: “The prevalence of obesity was significantly lower in the countries with higher rice supply even after controlling for lifestyle and socioeconomic indicators.”
Tam Fry, chairman of the National Obesity Forum, said: “We have known for centuries that Far Eastern populations tend to be slimmer than in the West because rice is a staple food, but few obesity specialists may have appreciated why.
“This novel research is the first to hypothesise that we could nail obesity by eating a modest amount more.”
The study was presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Glasgow.
Those dreaming of getting food delivered by helicopter using Grab Malaysia’s GrabFoodCopter service will have those hopes crashed, as the company confirms it is an April Fools’ Day joke.
In a video posted last Friday, GrabFood claimed the service would fly food over the border from Singapore to Malaysia, so traitorous Malaysian foodies could enjoy their meals judgement-free.
Grab was looking for 1,500 GrabFoodCopter beta testers, and intended to launch it on April 1.
“Happy April Fool’s Day! We’re not really launching GrabFoodCopter, but we’re still seriously into satisfying your every craving for awesome Malaysian food,” says GrabFood, on its Facebook.
However, those first 1,500 beta-tester sign ups will be rewarded with a 40 per cent discount on one order using a promo code emailed to them.
“At GrabFood, we love our pranks almost as much as we love our food – no hard feelings? GrabFoodCopter may not exist (someday, perhaps?), but we are completely serious about satisfying all your cravings,” it adds.
For those who didn’t sign up, they can still get free delivery by using the promo code NOJOKE. This only applies with a minimum RM20 (S$6.60) spend and for the first 5,000 redemptions daily.
While Malaysians on Facebook were mostly suspicious of the service due to its launch date, many argued about eating Singaporean food, a sentiment tied to long time national competitiveness over cuisine shared among the neighbouring countries.
While Malaysians have long been proud of our breakfast staple nasi lemak, it’s nice to see this uniquely local dish getting more international recognition.
Nasi lemak recently hit another global milestone when it made it on to TasteAtlas’s 100 best traditional dishes of the world. In its description, TasteAtlas said, “No other dish in Malaysia is as famous as nasi lemak”.
The dish typically consists of rice cooked in pandan and coconut milk, topped with a fiery sambal, cucumber, hard-boiled eggs and fried ikan bilis.
TasteAtlas is an online world food atlas dedicated to preserving knowledge about heritage food and disseminating information on the best traditional meals and drinks to travellers eager for a taste of authenticity.
The site was launched at the end of 2018 and already contains over 10,000 traditional foods and ingredients, with recommendations by local food experts on where to eat these dishes.
In the site’s top 100 listing, Malaysia shares the spotlight with 99 other meals, including sushi and sashimi from Japan, xiaolongbao from China, wiener schnitzel from Austria, steak tartare from France, som tham from Thailand and peri-peri chicken from Mozambique.
Interestingly, curry laksa and char kway teow also made it on to the list, although both are credited to Singapore.
The attribution to Singapore is particularly mysterious as just last year, Lonely Planet ranked eating curry laksa in Kuala Lumpur the second best food experience in the world.
Additionally, the famed Siam Road char kway teow in Penang was named one of the top 50 street foods at the World Street Food Congress 2017.
Somehow, the international accolades assigned to these popular Malaysian dishes went unnoticed.
The site’s listings for the best places to eat nasi lemak are derived from the recommendations of local food bloggers like Sean Yoong of Eat Drink KL and include spots like Nasi Lemak Tanglin, Restaurant Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa, Village Park Restaurant and Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock, among others.