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This Small Malaysian Business Sells Premium Handmade Gyozas

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I absolutely adore dumplings. I mean, what’s not to love? They’re basically small parcels of happiness, each containing wondrous filling. And they’re extremely versatile: you can have them boiled, deep-fried, pan-fried, steamed, etc. Because they’re relatively easy to make, places selling dumplings are a dime a dozen – but they might not always be up to par. Gyoza for Life, though, has proven itself a winner.

I stumbled across their Instagram shop by chance, and since I had a hankering for dumplings, the timing couldn’t have been better. At the time, they were offering four flavours: Original (pork and chives), Mala (spicy), and the rather unconventional Bak Kut Teh (herbal soup) and Japanese Curry. Intrigued, I ordered two packets of BKT, which were delivered a couple of days later via courier.

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What can I say? I really enjoyed the dumplings. I pan fried them, and they turned out nice and crisp on the outside, and the meat still retained its moist juiciness on the inside. The bak kut teh flavour was mild, with a tangy, herby aftertaste. I’ve eaten lots of dumplings, and I think Gyoza For Life has one of the best dumpling skins I’ve tasted. It’s not flour-y, and it has the perfect thickness, so that you get just the right amount of crispness/chewiness, depending on how you’ve cooked them.

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The second time around, I tried out their Japanese Curry gyozas. Again, these did not disappoint. Consistent quality! Personally, I prefer this flavour over BKT (they’re both good, though), but that’s because I like the mild and gentle sweetness of the Japanese curry flavour, which seems to spread around the inside of your mouth as you chew.

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Another thing of note are the portions. Each dumpling has a uniform size, which makes them easier to cook evenly, and they’re neither too big nor small. In fact, six pieces might be sufficient for a small eater, so you can portion out your order over a few meals. Me being me, of course, would rather go through an entire box (12 pieces) in one go.

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My lunch of Japanese Curry gyozas with… curry. πŸ˜€

So if you love gyozas, give Gyoza for Life a try! You’ll be supporting a homegrown business, but more than that, their gyozas are really tasty, they’re handmade with love, and the prices are extremely reasonable (each box of 12 are priced between RM14 to RM18). They’ve recently added a new flavour to their menu, namely the Sawadee Kra Pao, so I might try that next.

You can order here. They offer free delivery to selected areas within the Klang Valley.

PS: This is not a sponsored post, I just really like their gyozas.

PS 2: If you like my blog, please consider supporting it via my Patreon, or by buying me a cup of coffee on Paypal @erisgoesto.

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Review: Shin Class Cafe, Puchong Utama

It’s been awhile since the fam and I were able to dine out together (due to the 2-per-car restriction), but since this was lifted recently, we went to check out a place near my old high school called Shin Class Cafe. it’s a fitting name, since the cafe is within a kindergarten/daycare centre. The owner, Sarah, decided to convert the space upstairs into a dining/ chill out spot, since there aren’t as many students at the kindie these days.

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We had the whole place to ourselves, and sat in the front room which had low, round tables made from used tyres, cosy pillows and bar stools. The Christmas decorations were simple but cheerful. Service is friendly and attentive here – the staff who attended to us actually works as one of the teachers at the kindie.

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The menu offers fusion fare. Aside from the usual cafe-style drinks like coffee, ice lemon tea, ice-blended beverages and the like, you can also expect rice and pasta dishes. Prices are very reasonable.

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(Above) Ice-blended chocolate topped with whipped cream. The drink was not too sweet, and was creamy without being cloying.

I like the fact that this is a small, family-run business. Sarah’s daughter makes the drinks, while she cooks. She shares that she learned how to cook from her parents, who used to run a food business in Port Dickson.

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Moo’s Lemon Chicken with Rice (RM8.90), which was served with a sunny side up. Portions are generous, and the rice is fragrant as it incorporates butterfly pea flower.

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Pops had the Butter Cheese Chicken With Rice (RM8.90).

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Felt like having noodles, so I ordered the Creamy Pasta (RM9.90). Aside from the egg, it also came with some cocktail sausages, and loads of ham in the pasta. The pasta was cooked al dente, and the cream was not overpowering. It’s nothing super fancy, but tasty nonetheless – just comforting, home cooked food.

For vegetarians, Shin Class Cafe makes meatless dishes as well.

While it’s definitely not a high-end ‘Instagrammable’ cafe, Shin Class Cafe is a charming little nook where you can enjoy a coffee and a hot meal in a cosy, quiet environment. What makes it such a nice place is the hospitality, though – the owner and staff are warm and friendly, and do their best to make you feel welcome. Prices are very reasonable, so come visit and you’ll be supporting a small local business with your patronage! πŸ™‚

They also do delivery and take-aways. For orders, Whatsapp 012 218 7350, or contact Tony (011 36981071)

SHIN CLASS CAFE

1, Jalan PU 10/8, Taman Puchong Utama, 47140 Puchong, Selangor

Opening hours: 11AM – 7PM (closed every second Wednesday of the month)

facebook.com/SHINCLASSCAFE

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Looking For Custom Cakes and Sweet Treats? The Cakery Malaysia Has Got You Covered

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Malaysian stand-up comedy producer Vinodh Menon found himself left in the lurch. There were no events to host, no shows to produce. But rather than sit around and wait for the situation to get ‘better’, Vinodh saw an opportunity for business: so he sets up an online bakery.

Since it started earlier this year, The Cakery has been gaining a steady base of followers, delivering over 200 cakes across Kuala Lumpur and Selangor in the first three months alone. Customers are spoilt for choice, as they have over 40 different types of desserts to choose from, including cakes, cupcakes, brownies and cookies.

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Founder Vinodh Menon, with a delectable spread of sweet treats from The Cakery

β€œThe pandemic has forced us to look outside our comfort zones to create alternative sources of income. After the events industry came to a halt, I had to turn to other ventures as sources of income, and as a result, The Cakery was born. These past months have been very encouraging as we have seen our order count rise steadily, and our aim now is to keep this upward trend going,” says Vinodh.

Aside from classics like butter cakes, chocolate cakes, cheese cakes and brownies, some of The Cakery’s bestselling items include The Happy Box, which contains an assortment of delectable pastries, as well as the Pandan Gula Melaka Cake and Cupcakes, Moist Chocolate Cake, Orange Butter Cupcakes, Red Velvet Cupcakes, Belgian Mousse Cake, Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake, and more.

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The Cakery’s pool of talented and passionate bakers means that they’re able to cater to any occasion, whether it’s an intimate family tea session or a grand wedding.

Outside of its menu, The Cakery also creates custom cakes with designs that suit specific themes. Planning to surprise a family member who’s a Manchester United fan with a special cake for their birthday? The Cakery’s got you covered.

Currently, The Cakery delivers within Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. Orders must be made 12 hours in advance. Customers can opt for their cakes to be delivered right to their doorstep, or pick-up themselves from their The Cakery’s bakery at Brickfields.

Now, I’ve got a treat for my readers!

Order using the promo code TCERISGOESTO to get 10% off of all orders from now until 31st December 2020. Just use the code when ordering from any of The Cakery’s social media platforms at facebook.com/thecakerymy or instagram.com/thecakerymy, or via Whatsapp at 012 750 2810.

The promo only applies for deliveries within the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor area.

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