There’s a big de­mand for halal dumplings, says Mus­lim food maker

New Straits Times - - News -

There is an in­creas­ing de­mand for halal tra­di­tional Chi­nese food among Mus­lims of var­i­ous races, in­clud­ing Malays, in the coun­try.

A home-based tra­di­tional Chi­nese food maker, Ab­dul Hariz Leong Ab­dul­lah, 62, said he re­ceived a lot of or­ders for his “bak chang” or beef dumpling dur­ing the Dumpling Fes­ti­val yes­ter­day.

“Our phones keep ring­ing the whole day (yes­ter­day) be­cause they want to have tra­di­tional bak chang.

“We man­aged to de­liver to some of our cus­tomers. We are sorry to those whose or­ders we could not ful­fil as it was such a hec­tic day,” he said.

Hariz is one of the few halal tra­di­tional Chi­nese food op­er­a­tors in Malaysia.

He and his wife Syahrain Teh Ab­dul­lah, in her 40s, started their home-based busi­ness in March last year.

The cou­ple was mo­ti­vated to mar­ket their own tra­di­tional Chi­nese food af­ter they found it dif­fi­cult to buy halal dumplings for their own con­sump­tion.

“I em­braced Is­lam in 1989 and I had not eaten Chi­nese food since then as most sold in the mar­ket here are non-halal.

“There are only a few Chi­nese Mus­lim restau­rants in Malaysia, but what I crave most is tra­di­tional Chi­nese food, the one that I had en­joyed in my child­hood.

“So my wife and I de­cided to make the food our­selves.

“We took our grand­mother’s recipes and made our own tra­di­tional food the halal way,” he said.

On their tar­get mar­ket, he said he was eye­ing Chi­nese Mus­lims.

“To my sur­prise, our cus­tomers are mostly Malays.

“It might be be­cause they want to have a taste of tra­di­tional Chi­nese food and when they have found our prod­ucts, they love them and keep com­ing back for more,” he said.

The cou­ple ad­ver­tise their home-based prod­ucts through their Face­book page, Lo­lili’s De­lights Halal Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Food and Bak Changs, which of­fers 16 prod­ucts to their cus­tomers.

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