Saturday, December 3, 2022

ShopeeFood reveal best-rated restaurants across locations in Malaysia

The cultural diversity of Malaysia in many ways has influenced our unique flavours and ingredients. An amalgamation of Chinese, Indian, Malay and Borneo flavours, our taste buds are constantly tickled by a variety matched perhaps by no other place on earth.  

Which brought ShopeeFood to survey our cities for the best five-star cuisines as rated by ShopeeFood users. During its last three major campaigns, such as the 9.9 Shopping Day, 10.10 Brand Sale and 11.11 Big Sale, ShopeeFood gathered data on food trends to find out what Malaysians loved to eat. Measured based on the most frequently ordered items on the ShopeeFood app, the survey showed two clear favourites: rice-based dishes and fried chicken. 

There is no denying that rice is the heartland of this country. Aside from the multitudes of paddy fields across the nation, rice is our staple food, incorporated in our baby food, snacks, desserts and almost every meal. Whether it’s Chinese-style bowls of steaming rice, or the ever-famous Indian banana leaf meal, and not forgetting our beloved Malaysian Nasi Lemak, rice is in the DNA of Malaysia and its people.  

While Roti Canai may have hit the top spot on ShopeeFood’s top five cuisines survey, rice-based dishes and some form of fried chicken are abundantly featured in our food trends.  

Chicken dishes especially fried chicken not surprisingly also came out top in the best five stars cuisine found on the ShopeeFood app. Fried chicken is a treat savoured by young and old alike. 

For some, fried chicken was a treat enjoyed during large weekly family gatherings or just as a workday lunch or dinner.  

According to a survey in 2021, Malaysians are the third highest chicken consumers in the world with almost 50 kilograms of chicken consumed per year, per person1. While it does not close in on the 82.3 kilograms of rice a Malaysian eats per year2, for a population of just over 32 million people to be the 3rd highest chicken consumer in the world goes to show how much Malaysians love their chicken.  

And we are not biassed either. Whether it’s Ayam Goreng Berempah or the latest Korean-style fried chicken, Malaysians love their chicken in every way they can get it. Today we have hundreds of different styles of chicken at our fingertips – whether in person or online at ShopeeFood, the list is endless. 

What ShopeeFood Order Trends Say 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Malaysians made the move towards delivery platforms to get their meals safely and easily. Given the convenience and wide variety of food options available at their fingertips, Malaysians increasingly prefer online food delivery. There are over 2,000 cuisines to choose from depending on your mood and taste for the day.  

“People are becoming increasingly reliant and comfortable with digital services. Malaysians have readily adopted food delivery as it provides convenience, value, and variety. At ShopeeFood we are equally committed to helping more merchants whether enterprise or local heroes to benefit from Shopee’s large ecosystem and adopt new ways of doing business and gaining new customers,” said Kwa Yin Leng, Head of Operations for ShopeeFood Malaysia.   

“We are very excited with this survey as it shows what we love most as Malaysians when it comes to food. During our peak promotion periods like 9.9, 10.10 and 11.11, rice-based dishes had approximately 3x uplift in terms of orders compared to an average day. This shows that Malaysians not only enjoy rice as a staple food but are also keen to take advantage of the sale period to get the best value for their orders,” she added. 

ShopeeFood was established in 2021 to help its users benefit from a convenient and hassle-free food delivery experience by providing numerous eateries, from popular joints to local street food stalls, at the best value. As part of Shopee’s existing ecosystem that includes the mobile wallet ShopeePay, along with amazing deals and promotions all year round, Malaysians have a secure, and rewarding payment and delivery experience with ShopeeFood.  

ShopeeFood Users Rate Their Favourite Five-Star Restaurants 

ShopeeFood surveyed its users’ choices to find out the best rice dishes and fried chicken in Kuala, Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor, Penang, Johor, Ipoh and Kota Kinabalu. While the all-time favourites included Nasi Lemak, Bubur Ayam, Nasi Kukus and fried chicken - we observed that users loved variety when it comes to preparations such as Middle Eastern, Korean, International and Japanese. 

Here’s a list of the top five restaurants from all over Malaysia picked by ShopeeFood users as the best places to get your rice dishes and a variety of fried chicken fixes from. 
 
Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya 
Whether it’s Nasi Campur or Chinese cuisine, these folks know where to go for good food. For the best five-star rated rice dishes and fried chicken, just click on the links below and ShopeeFood users will show you the way.  


Penang 
Up north at our very own food haven Penang, besides the distinct Penang food, users also enjoy Middle Eastern food such as Mandi Chicken and juicy fried chicken burgers. 



Johor 
Johorians love their traditional fried chicken with rice. Apart from that, Johorians picked ‘hotpot’ soup to go with their rice, deep-fried chicken with herbs and spices and some amazing curry and rice. 


Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Middle Eastern, Japanese, and local cuisines – diverse Sabahans love a variety and their top picks will leave you spoilt for choice.


Ipoh, Perak
Known for its Hakka culture, cave temples and colonial old town, Ipoh is most definitely famous for its food. Along with its heritage dishes, nasi lemak, fried chicken chop and Korean fried chicken are some of the dishes that made it to the top of Ipoh’s favourite list. 

Selangor 
And finally, users in Selangor have a thing for Asam Pedas with rice, old-time favourite Ayamas fried chicken and a fancy for Korean chicken.  

Hungry Already? Here’s a 12.12 Promo Sale for You! 

The year-end 12.12 sale is finally here! Get exclusive deals from a wide range of restaurants and order all your favourite food with these super offers: 

  • ● Free Delivery with RM0 min spend 
  • ● Super Deals up to 50% OFF on selected merchants such as Thong Kee Cafe, Little KL Food Hall, Tea Can Tin, Pop Meals, Kee Nguyen - Vietnam Coffee, Nasi Lemak Saleha and much more. 
  • ● Shocking Sale at RM12 starting from 6th - 12th December 2022 

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Molfix Diapers celebrates 1 year in Malaysia | Available in over 4,500 stores nationwide!


Hayat Kimya, a global player in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry, is currently the world's 5 largest diaper manufacturer and is committed to continuing to grow its presence in Malaysia through its high-quality diaper brand, Molfix. In case you're unaware, the brand is now available in over 4,500 stores both physically and virtually. But going deeper into the company, we would definily be more familiar with their diaper brand known as Molfix. Molfix brand was first introduced in Malaysia last year in 2021, in tandem with Hayat Kimya's strategic business plans to expand its footprint to Southeast Asia, following its entry into Vietnam and Thailand. Since then, the brand has become the preferred choice of millions of Malaysian parents, offering them peace of mind while providing babies comfort and joy at all times.


Commenting about Molfix's 1st Anniversary in Malaysia, Mr. Alp Bilgili, General Manager of Hayat Hygienic Products Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., said, "The tremendous support and trust from Malaysian parents reflect their preference for products made from natural materials in an effort to ensure safety and to protect their babies' skin. At Hayat, we believe in the importance of understanding the needs and trends of our consumers, hence we place great emphasis on research and development (R&D) to develop innovative products that are organic and of premium quality."


The brand's collaboration with the celebrity couple, Scha Al-Yahya and Awal Ashaari as ambassadors have further helped position Molfix among mums who are constantly looking for the best for their little ones while enjoying the journey of motherhood. Scha Al-Yahya shared, "We are thrilled to be part of this journey to build the Molfix brand among Malaysian parents and to share the experience, uniqueness, and quality of this wonderful product that never fails to bring joy, comfort, and protection to babies. We had the opportunity to experience these and many more when our daughter Lila, who is now one year old and has tried Molfix products. We trust Molfix, and are happy that we decided to partner with a brand that believes in providing the best for mums and babies."


Spreading joy to mums and babies across five continents in over 100 countries around the globe, they have been producing products with utmost care and is designed to be extremely gentle on baby's sensitive skin. Molfix Natural range, with its selective ingredients of natural bamboo fiber and organic cotton, can provide the ultimate softness and skin-friendly touch as proven by dermatologists in Europe.

The range is able to carry a large amount of baby's urine. Interestingly, laboratory test data has shown that its dryness can be achieved for up to 14 hours*. Together with Molfix Extra Dry range, both diaper range provides superior absorbency, thanks to the extra dry layer technology which makes absorption much faster and easier. Hence, giving babies complete protection and keeping their healthy skin comfortably dry. Mums can experience peace of mind knowing their babies are comfortable all day long.


In its effort to create awareness and grow the brand, Molfix engaged with many organizations, and business partners such as hospitals, retail stores, and online affiliates while participating in various consumer-facing activities such as the MITEC Baby Fair 2022, and many more. Within the first year, Molfix bagged the BabyTalk MamaPapa Reader's Choice Award 2022 for the Best Tape and Best Pant Diapers categories.


As part of the celebration, 10 Molfix consumers walked away with exclusive Molfix products, specially autographed by both Scha Al-Yahya and Awal Ashaari. The ambassadors shared their experiences with Molfix brand. Hayat Kimya has a commitment to its growth in Southeast Asia and will be continuing to further strengthen with the establishment of the new regional manufacturing plant in Vietnam, which acts as the ASEAN hub for Molfix products. The plant will cater to the demands of the region including the Malaysian market. This would enable consumers to enjoy premium quality products that are competitively priced, which are produced in the region, and in tandem with their needs and current trends.

Molfix products are currently available at selected supermarkets, and hypermarkets such as AEON Retail, AEON Big, Lotus's, Giant, Billion Shopping Centres, Econsave, TF Value Mart, HeroMarket, Manjaku, and others as well as leading online platforms.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Shopee Boosts Malaysian Creative Economy, offering local Brands with Technology


Shopee Celebrity Squad brands grew 59% in revenue year-on-year; 55% increase in orders


Shopee unveils that Malaysian celebrity-and influencer-owned brands are gaining greater visibility in an increasingly saturated e-commerce landscape, in its latest ‘Shopee Super Awards 2022 Milestones’* study. The platform drives Malaysia’s creative economy by supporting local talents to scale their businesses and grow together with technology. Reviewing the past year’s performance, the study found that celebrity-and influencer-owned brands on Shopee had a 59% year-on-year growth in revenue from October 2021 to September 2022 compared to the year before. 

Shopee Celebrity Squad was launched in 2018 creating a dedicated space with 97 brands for consumers to access celebrity-and influencer-owned products. Notable members include Dato' Sri Siti Nurhaliza, Neelofa, and Zoey Rahman, among others. These brands bring Malaysians more product choices through active livestream sessions, exclusive product launches, participation in Shopee’s Big Campaigns, and curating authentic, quality local goods for their audiences.

Shopee Celebrity Squad sellers actively engage with their viewers on livestream by offering interactive content, bringing a more personal touch for their audience. Sellers that conduct livestream sessions had over 166,000 cumulative unique viewers joining the sessions and over 20,000 peak continuous users watching the stream at any one point of time, over the past year. Sellers create fun content, play games and quizzes, and casually chat with their audiences to foster relationships. Viewers feel closer to the celebrities and influencers that they admire when these local talents bond with them through the livestreams.

Shopee hosts weekly exclusive launches for Shopee Celebrity Squad brands every Sunday, where the celebrities and influencers have a dedicated platform to showcase their new store or latest product to new and existing audiences. Through these launches, buyers feel excited to be one of the first to know about and purchase their favourite personality’s new releases on the microsite and receive better brand experiences when tuning into their live streams. These brands also saw 55% year-on-year growth in orders as a testament to their efforts.

Kenneth Soh, Head of Marketing Campaigns at Shopee Malaysia said, “As the retail sector opens up with the loosening of the pandemic restrictions, Shopee’s community of local celebrities and influencers have innovated their marketing tactics using technology to reach their audiences online. Shopee Celebrity Squad brands have about 80% Big Campaign participation rate throughout the year in their commitment to strengthen their online presence. It is estimated that 1 in 4 users claim vouchers with these brands during Big Campaigns. We hope to continuously empower our Shopee Celebrity Squad by connecting them to new users in Shopee’s growing and highly-engaged online community.”

Celebrity-and influencer-owned brands bring value, accessibility and convenience with authentic, quality local products on the platform. These sellers meet their audience’s lifestyle needs, from locally branded beauty essentials to affordable and specially crafted grocery items. Shopee Celebrity Squad brands, which offer proudly Malaysian-made products, saw a 54% year-on-year growth in gross merchandise value as they understand their audiences’ purchasing values. Consumers enjoy supporting their favourite local brands by making thoughtful purchases aligned with their needs.

Zoey Rahman, Shopee Celebrity Squad member and owner of MIKASERIES said, “There are many features I use to market my products on the platform, such as Shopee Live where I do daily livestreams, sometimes up to 3 times a day! When I participate in Big Campaigns, I realise that my exposure to new audiences and sales growth has also increased. Shopee’s networking events have also helped me to learn from other Shopee Celebrity Squad members and their growth strategies. In the future, MIKASERIES will be producing more high quality locally-made cosmetics that are comparable to international brands.”

The platform continuously encourages Shopee Celebrity Squad sellers to innovate and produce new brand experiences for their buyers through various in-app functions. Shopee will be recognising and celebrating the best and brightest Shopee Celebrity Squad members of 2022 at the upcoming Shopee Super Awards on 15 December.

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Coolblog brings you Red Velvet Cheese this Jolly Season!


With the year almost ending, we always love to end it on a jolly festive note. This year, Coolblog is painting the town red with their launch of the latest Red Velvet Cheese series comprising two new festive flavours namely, the Red Velvet Cheese and the Red Velvet Choco Cheese. I dont know about you, but im a hard core fan of red velvet, and this excites me a lot! It will be available nationwide at all Coolblog outlets so that red velvet lovers like myself can indulge and enjoy the taste of our favourite dessert in a from of a drink which has velvety-cheesy flavours starting from 25th November onwards. 


As Malaysia’s pioneering kiosk-based Halal-dessert and beverage brand, Coolblog wants to offer everyone a treat with the very best beverage to cool off on a hot there, where ever and when ever, while ensuring the taste, variety, value and availability of their beverages. With 2022 coming to an end and the holiday season being closer, Coolblog is pleased to present a holiday-inspired Red Velvet Cheese series for fans to celebrate the season.


Won't lie that it's really mouthwatering to hear about a drink that tastes like red velvet, and it will definitely bring you joy in so many ways! Putting a twist to the rich buttery and velvety flavours, Coolblog has included their signature cheese mousse and transpired it into a cup of smoothie with a generous amount of scrumptious red velvet cookie crumbs topping that complements this perfect festive drink. For people like you and me, who are fond of the original flavours of the red velvet cake, the Red Velvet Cheese is ideal as it embodies the harmonious balance of both the red velvet and cheese mousse flavours. 



Meanwhile, for those who prefer something chocolatey, you may consider the Red Velvet Choco Cheese. The smoothie is combined with Coolblog’s signature Chocolate smoothie - a flavour guaranteed to be a hit for all chocolate lovers! Oh btw, in case you haven't heard about the latest packaging, you can also conveniently enjoy the drink as they are equipped with a special openable lid that is easy to indulge in the rich and delicious red velvet cookie crumbs topping. 

Now, in case you're wondering about the price of these new releases, it's going for RM11.90 for each flavor which to me is incredibly affordable! The drink also comes with a heart-shaped stopper - making it a perfect gift for your partner or best friend! To make it more festive for the coming occasion, Coolblog’s gingerbread boy and girl cookies are also available at selected Coolblog outlets and are priced at RM5.50 as a treat to complement your drinks! Psst, just some ideas if you're feeling adventurous, try dipping these cookies to savour the toppings. I promise you, it's like the best of both worlds. 



With that being said, i will end this with a note that you can be sure to expect to taste nothing short of joy and comfort when indulging in these new flavours as we are committed to serving the best that will additionally leave a memorable and satisfying experience to all customers that comes our way! What are you waiting for? Be sure to head on over to your nearest Coolblog outlet and try this newly launced drink before the festive season is over. After all, good things dont last forever. *wink

Coolblog Malaysia


Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Huawei's Mate 50 Series | ft Ultra Aperture XMAGE Camera


Stepping into the 10th anniversary milestone since the first inception of Mate series in 2012, HUAWEI Malaysia today officially announced the launch of its latest member in addition to the flagship Mate product line, HUAWEI Mate 50 Series, priced starting at RM 3,699 onwards. Available in three variants, HUAWEI Mate50, HUAWEI Mate50 Pro and HUAWEI Mate50 Pro Orange Vegan Leather, the flagship phones are the latest performance-driven smartphones which include breakthrough technology and innovations that are more powerful than ever.

The HUAWEI Mate 50 Series represents a major step forward in smartphone aesthetics, thanks to the symmetrical Space Ring Design and an intricate design. The Mate 50 Series phones pack an Ultra Aperture XMAGE Camera, which boasts the first-ever 10-scale adjustable physical aperture and most versatile photography capabilities ever seen on a Mate smartphone. Thanks to the rock-solid "Kunlun Glass", it boosts the phone’s drop resistance by 10 times. 


These robust features are further enhanced by the EMUI 13 operating system, which debuts on the Mate 50 Series and offers a broad array of seamless smart services. The SuperHub feature, for instance, facilitates effortless data and file transfer between apps and devices, breaking through long standing barriers that had separated different platforms from each other.

 

Richard Yu, HUAWEI's Executive Director of the board, Consumer BG CEO, and Intelligent Automotive Solution BU CEO, noted the significance of the release, saying: "Over the past decade, the Mate Series has consistently pushed the envelope to make ground-breaking innovations broadly accessible. Each new generation of Mate smartphones has brought together a whole host of state-of-the-art HUAWEI technologies. The HUAWEI Mate 50 Series continues this proud legacy, pioneering ongoing innovations and providing a breath of fresh air."

 

Crafted Quality and Classic Design


In addition to the signature Mate Series design language of iconic symmetry and Space Ring Design, the HUAWEI Mate 50 Series also makes use of the elegant Clous de Paris step-patterned embossing design for the first time ever, showcasing a new kind of ordered beauty that's crafted down to the last detail.



 

HUAWEI Mate 50 Series phones come with two different types of rear cover, glass and vegan leather. The glass cover is available in two colours, Silver and Black, which give the phone a distinct, elegant finish. The vegan leather version comes in Orange, inspired by radiant orange rays of the sun.

 

The HUAWEI "Kunlun Glass “consists of 10 quadrillion-level nanocrystals, the result of composite ion strengthening, which make it more resilient and drop resistant, as verified by the five-star glass drop resistance certification from Switzerland's SGS. This makes Mate 50 Series models the first phones to ever achieve this certification. HUAWEI Mate 50 Series phones also support IP68-rated water resistance of up to 6 metres underwater, allowing them to easily handle wet and dusty environments.


Ground-breaking Ultra Aperture XMAGE Camera


HUAWEI launched its very own mobile imaging brand "XMAGE" in July 2022, with the goal of offering consumers a new shooting paradigm that fuses science with culture, and aesthetics with technology in terms of imaging style and shooting experience.



The HUAWEI Mate 50 Series features a cutting-edge Ultra Aperture XMAGE Camera with a 10-size adjustable physical aperture, which incorporates key advances to the optical system, mechanical structure, imaging technology, and image processing. The smart aperture adjusts to match the aperture size with the scene and shooting scenario identified in Auto mode. Switching to Professional mode allows you to manually adjust the depth of field and degree of blur.



Advanced hardware and algorithms are deeply embedded to enhance static image shooting. The Ultra Aperture Camera comes equipped with an F1.4 large aperture, working with the XD Fusion Pro image engine and high light intake, to set the image brightness, light and shadow details, as well as cold and warm comparisons to perfection. Night mode captures photos with highly distinct bright and dark regions, even in dimly lit environments. Portrait mode applies natural background blurring to make the subject stand out from their surroundings. The periscope telephoto camera supports a zoom range of up to 200x, bringing scenes from the great beyond right in front of your eyes.






The wide-angle macro camera magnifies details from tiny worlds, presenting millimetre-level strands and dew droplets with outstanding clarity. The HUAWEI Mate 50 Series also supports macro video shooting and macro picture-in-picture (PiP) to accurately convey scenes in motion.


Streamlined Interactions and Powerful Performance


The HUAWEI Mate 50 Series is the first to run on EMUI 13, which streamlines daily interactions with effortless one-touch navigation. 



 

SuperStorage removes duplicate files in an imperceptible way and compresses rarely-used apps. This preserves up to 20 GB space (on a phone with 256 GB of ROM) – leaving more room for the abundance of photos and videos that today's users capture. SuperHub allows users to temporarily store images, documents and text, while sharing them in batches with free and easy transfers between apps and devices.

 

The HUAWEI Mate 50 Series packs cutting-edge technology that substantially boosts performance. An innovative Low-battery Emergency Mode will be activated once the battery level falls to 1%; whereby the SuperEnergy Boosting will enable HUAWEI Mate 50 series to extend standby time by three hours, or 12 minutes of call time.

 

Comprehensive privacy features allow ultimate peace of mind. The HUAWEI Mate 50 Series also supports Image Privacy Protection, which means that the phone will automatically erase sensitive information such as location and time whenever the users share images among others. 

 

Innovation never ceases. The HUAWEI Mate 50 Series is a fitting tribute to a decade of Mate innovation, with its stunning design, powerful communications, imaging technology, and nimble smart interactions.

 

Price and Release Date



HUAWEI Mate50 Series will be available for pre-order from 3 November-11 November 2022 across all HUAWEI Experience Stores, HUAWEI’s Official WebsiteHUAWEI Official Store on ShopeeHUAWEI Flagship Store on Lazada and authorised HUAWEI Partner Stores such as SenHeng, senQ, Harvey Norman and Urban Republic. The latest flagship model comes in three variants: HUAWEI Mate50 (8 GB RAM + 256 GB ROM), priced at RM3,699, available in Black and Silver colour options; HUAWEI Mate 50 Pro (8 GB RAM + 256 GB ROM), priced at RM 4,499 and HUAWEI Mate 50 Pro Orange Vegan Leather (8GB RAM + 512 GB ROM), priced at RM 5,299. Pre-order now and you can get exclusive free gifts worth up to RM 1,450.Consumers can enjoy up to 24-month 0% instalment plan with Maybank, UOB, CIMB, HLB, RHB, Atome, and Paylater*. Besides, consumers can trade up to the HUAWEI Mate50 series with up to 5 old devices including smartphones, tablets and smartwatches.

 

*Subject to participating banks at each store

 

Getting the HUAWEI Mate50 Series is easy if you are a Maxis Postpaid subscriber as you can own it for as low as RM65/month on Zerolution with instalments up to 36 months.  On top of the free gift, Maxis also offers free 3-month phone theft & damage protection worth up to RM129.


For more information, latest updates or promotions about Mate50 Series, please visit HUAWEI Official Website, HUAWEI Official Facebook page or Instagram