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  • How To Celebrate Eid Al-Fitr This Year In 2020: 12 Things To Note

    How to celebrate Eid al-Fitr this year? Here are 12 things to note for this year's Eid al-Fitr celebration in 2020. 1. When is Eid al-Fitr 2020 Image Credit: Rumman Amin on Unsplash Eid al Fitr is the 1st day of the month of Shawwal. The 10th month in the Islamic calendar (the month after Ramadan). Some regions will depend on the sighting of the moon to decide on the 1st of Shawwal and some will decide on it based on calculations.  For most regions, Eid al Fitr 2020 will be on the 24th of May. Some regions may celebrate Eid on the 23rd May or the 25th May. A very small number may even celebrate on the 26th May. It is best to check with your closest Mosque to find out about the day of Eid. 2. Pay Sadaqa-ul-Fitr Image Credit: Bayu on Unsplash Ensure you have paid Sadaqat-ul-fitr for you and all your dependents before the Eid Salat. Check with the local Mosque on the amount to be paid per person. Amounts recommended in some countries: Singapore: S$5.10 (normal rate) and S$7.50 (higher rate) per head Malaysia: RM7 UK: £4 per person. Narrated Nafi (RA): “Ibn `Umar (RA) said, "The Prophet (SAW) made incumbent on every male or female, free man or slave, the payment of one Sa' of dates or barley as Sadaqat-ul-Fitr (or said Sadaqa-Ramadan)."  The people then substituted half Sa' of wheat for that. Ibn `Umar (RA) used to give dates (as Sadaqat-ul-Fitr). Once there was scarcity of dates in Medina and Ibn `Umar gave barley.  'And Ibn `Umar used to give Sadaqat-ul- Fitr for every young and old person. He even used to give on behalf of my children. Ibn `Umar used to give Sadaqat-ul-Fitr to those who had been officially appointed for its collection. People used to give Sadaqat-ul-Fitr (even) a day or two before the Eid. (Sahih-al-Bukhari) Narrated Ibn `Umar (RA): The Prophet (SAW) ordered the people to pay Zakat-ul-Fitr before going to the Eid prayer. (Sahih-al-Bukhari) It was narrated that Ibn Abbas (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) enjoined Zakatul-Fitr as a purification for the fasting person from idle talk and obscenities, and to feed the poor. Whoever pays it before the (Eid) prayer, it is an accepted Zakah, and whoever pays it after the prayer, it is (ordinary) charity.  (Sunan Ibn Majah) 3. Reciting the Takbir Image Credit: Falaq Lazuardi on Unsplash Recite Takbir individually and with family from Maghrib time of the day before Eid day until before the Eid Salat. اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ  لَا إلَهَ إلَّا اللَّهُ وَاَللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ  اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ وَلِلَّهِ الْحَمْد 4. Praying Voluntary Prayers during the Night of Eid Image Credit: Masjid Pogung Dalangan on Unsplash Narrated from Abu Umamah (RA): That the Prophet (SAW) said: “Whoever spends the nights of the two ‘Eid in praying voluntary prayers, seeking reward from Allah, his heart will not die on the Day when hearts will die.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)   5. Wake up for Fajr Image Credit: Arun Anoop on Unsplash حَافِظُوا عَلَى الصَّلَوَاتِ وَالصَّلَاةِ الْوُسْطَىٰ وَقُومُوا لِلَّهِ قَانِتِينَ Guard your Salah (obligatory regular prayers) especially the middle Salah and stand up with true devotion to Allah (Qur’an 2:238) Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, "The first of man's deeds for which he will be called to account on the Day of Resurrection will be Salat. If it is found to be perfect, he will be safe and successful; but if it is incomplete, he will be unfortunate and a loser. If any shortcoming is found in the obligatory Salat, the Glorious and Exalted Rubb will command to see whether His slave has offered any voluntary Salat so that the obligatory Salat may be made up by it. Then the rest of his actions will be treated in the same manner." (Sunan-at-Tirmidhi) 6. Take a Shower 7. Wear your Best Garments 8. Put on Perfume It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) said: “The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: ‘This day is an ‘Eid (festival) which Allah has ordained for the Muslims. Whoever comes to Friday (prayer), let him take a bath and if he has perfume then let him put some on. And upon you (I urge to use) is the tooth stick.” (Sunan Ibn Majah) 9. Eat Something before the Eid Prayers Photo by Mona Mok on Unsplash Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah's Messenger (SAW) never proceeded (for the prayer) on the Day of `Id-ul-Fitr unless he had eaten some dates. Anas also narrated: The Prophet (SAW) used to eat odd number of dates. (Sahih-al-Bukhari) 10. Performing Eid Prayer at Home Image Credit: Jeremy Yap on Unsplash This year is different and most of us will be performing Eid prayers at home with family. How to perform Eid prayer at home: Appoint someone in the family to lead the prayers It was narrated from Abu Sa'eed (RA) that the Prophet (SAW) said: "when there are three people let one of them lead the prayer, and the one who is most entitled to lead the prayer is the one who has most knowledge of the Qur'an." (Sunan an-Nasa'i) There is no Azan or Iqamah for Eid prayers Two Rakats prayer with a certain number of additional Takbeers in each Rakat The exact number of additional Takbeer may slightly vary depending on the Madhab you follow. This is the guidelines from Singapore Mufti's office: Recommended Surahs to be recited It was narrated from An-Nu'man bin Bashir that: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) used to recite on the two 'Eids and on Friday: ‏سَبِّحِ اسْمَ رَبِّكَ الأَعْلَى  (Glorify the Name of Your Lord, the Most High) and هَلْ أَتَاكَ حَدِيثُ الْغَاشِيَةِ‏ (Has there come to you the narration of The Overwhelming?) Sometimes the two ('Eid and Jumu'ah) occurred on the same day, and he would recite them (these two Surahs). (Sunan an-Nasa'i) Khutbah after prayers is not compulsory as in Friday prayers. Many Mosques are live streaming Khutbah that you could listen to. It was narrated that Abdullah bin Sa’ib (RA)said: “I attended the ‘Eid prayer with the Messenger of Allah (SAW). He led us in offering the ‘Eid prayer, then he said: ‘I have finished the prayer. Whoever wants to sit (and listen to) the sermon, then let him sit, and whoever wants to leave, then let him leave.’” (Sunan-Ibn Majah) 11. Giving Gifts Image Credit: Kari Shea on Unsplash Abu Hurayra (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said, "Give gifts and you will love one another." (Al-Adab Al-Mufrad) Aishah (RA) narrated: "The Prophet (SAW) would accept gifts and he would give something in return." (Jami` at-Tirmidhi)   12.  Call Up your Parents, Sibling, Uncles, Aunts…. Image Credit: Taylor Grote on Unsplash Narrated Abu Huraira (RA): The Prophet (SAW) said, "Allah created His creation, and when He had finished it, the womb, got up and caught hold of Allah whereupon Allah said, "What is the matter?' On that, it said, 'I seek refuge with you from those who sever the ties of Kith and kin.' On that Allah said, 'Will you be satisfied if I bestow My favors on him who keeps your ties, and withhold My favors from him who severs your ties?' On that it said, 'Yes, O my Lord!' Then Allah said, 'That is for you.' " Abu Huraira (RA) added: If you wish, you can recite: "Would you then if you were given the authority. do mischief in the land and sever your ties of kinship. (47. 22) (Sahih-al-Bukhari) Narrated Anas bin Malik (RA): I heard Allah's Messenger (SAW) saying, "whoever desires an expansion in his sustenance and age, should keep good relations with his Kith and kin." (Sahih-al-Bukhari)   May Allah accept your fasting and all the good deeds....

  • Eid 2020: 10 Best Food and Dishes You Shouldn't Miss Out This Eid al-Fitr

    This year's Eid al-Fitr celebration would definitely be one of a kind as we may miss out on doing things that we usually do during the previous celebration due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many governments have encouraged their people to remain at home and avoid large gatherings to prevent further spread of the virus. This means that we may no longer be able to go house visiting like we usually do previously. Nonetheless, that doesn't mean we can't celebrate Eid al-Fitr. We could still enjoy this festive celebration by cooking or buying delicious food and dishes for Hari Raya Eid al-Fitr. There are still online grocery stores that provide ingredients we need to prepare these Hari Raya dishes and food. These online grocery stores deliver right to your doorstep so you don't have to step out of your house! There are also food delivery services that you could use to get your ready-to-eat Hari Raya food and dishes delivered to your house.  Time to get into the festive mood! Here are 10 best traditional food and dishes across Southeast Asia countries you shouldn't miss out this Eid al-Fitr! via GIPHY 1. Chicken Opor Image Credit: Opor Ayam by Julie Baskara on cookpad This is one of the most famous menus in Indonesia that everyone looks out for during Eid. For those of you who are not familiar with this menu, this dish can be considered as a bowl of yellow chicken curry. This traditional dish contains chicken cooked with coconut milk and served with Ketupat (rice cake in a woven palm leaf pouch). You can also enjoy a bowl of Chicken Opor with fried shallots as a garnish. Chicken Opor is dominated with savory taste, yet you can add some extra chilly or sambal to have a spicier taste. Sambal Goreng is the best addition to your Chicken Opor! These are some ingredients you need to have to cook Chicken Opor, chicken cut into small pieces (of course you need this one!), lemongrass, bay leaves, coconut milk, shallots, garlic, galangal, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, salt, and sugar. Try making your own Chicken Opor this Eid!    2. Sambal Goreng Image Credit: Sambal Goreng by Cooking with Subhan This is known as “fried sambal” in English. Commonly in Indonesia, Sambal Goreng is the best companion for Chicken Opor, but we can also have Sambal Goreng as a separate menu eaten alongside warm rice or lontong. There are various fillings in Sambal Goreng, for example, potato, chicken liver and gizzard, tofu, and even tempe. It depends on your preference. Basically, you just need to stir-fry all of the ingredients in a single frying pan. Make sure that you have these ingredients in your kitchen to cook your sambal goreng. Other ingredients include red chilies, shallots, garlic, onion, shrimp paste, lime leaves, and tamarind. For the fillings, you can choose whatever you want as I have mentioned above. You can practically find sambal goreng in many households that you visit during Hari Raya as this dish is quite popular and easy to prepare. Since there may not be visiting this year, why not whip out your own sambal goreng? You can eat it alongside some rice, lontong or chicken opor!    3. Soto Image Credit: Soto Ayam by recipepocket Soto is an easy meal to prepare which only takes three steps. Yet, it is a delicious meal with a savory gravy soup, suitable for Eid. The main ingredient is not so hard to look for; you can either choose chicken or beef as the primary filling. For the additional filling, you can include boiled eggs, red tomatoes, boiled potatoes, fried chips, and fried shallots. Essentially, if you have red onions, garlic, coriander, cumin pepper, ginger, turmeric, coconut milk, salt and sugar in your kitchen, you are ready to whip up your own soto at home! Soto is a dish that is loved by many especially kids as it does not taste spicy. However, if want to add a little bit of spiciness, you could always include some chili in the gravy. Anyway, don’t forget to put extra lime in your bowl of Soto! You shouldn't miss out on this dish for Eid al-Fitr this year as it is convenient to make!   4. Rendang Image Credit: Beef Rendang by Rasa Malaysia Now, this is the ultimate menu for Eid-al Fitr! No one can resist the best dish in the world. This dish which originated from West Sumatra province, Indonesia, was crowned as the best food in CNN’s World’s 50 Best Foods in 2011. Perhaps the appearance may not look that appetizing; brown-colored meat with gravy. But once you give this dish a try, it is totally unstoppable. The taste is just a little bit spicy but it may not be as spicy as Sambal Goreng. There are also many different types and variations of the rendang dish all over Southeast Asia, so all you have to do is to pick your favorite kind of rendang. This meal is served during special occasions to honor guests and also during festive seasons like Eid al-Fitr. To prepare this dish, you need to cook the main ingredients like beef, lamb or mutton for a few hours until all of the seasonings are completely absorbed by the meat. Cook with coconut milk, chilly, ginger, galangal, turmeric, lemongrass, garlic, and shallot.  Rendang can be served with warm rice, lontong or ketupat and lemang. This dish is sure to bring out the festive vibe this year! You could either prepare it yourself or order online, to be delivered directly to your home.  5. Meat Ball Image Credit: Bakso Recipe (Indonesian Meatballs Soup) by Arie's Kitchen Almost everyone loves Meat Ball! (Me too!) For those of you who feel full after eating all those heavy dishes, let's take a look at this light dish. Meatballs is similar in texture to the Chinese beef balls or fishballs. For Eid, meatballs with beef broth is the best snack of the day. To make this meal complete, simply serve your meat balls with beef broth with some noodles added to it. Again, for those who are a fan of spicy food, don’t forget to add chili in the beef broth.   6. Ketupat Image Credit: Recipe Ketupat on foodpanda Ketupat is really famous in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. It is a diamond-shaped rice cake. The rice is cooked, compressed, and wrapped in woven coconut leaves. Ketupat is a perfect substitute for rice when you are eating the Chicken Opor, Sambal Goreng, Satay or rendang. Preparing ketupat may take some time given that you would have to weave the ketupat before filling it with rice. However, if you have the time, you could prepare the ketupat together with your family. If not, you could easily get it online! Make sure to place your orders early!  Eid al-Fitr celebration is definitely not complete if we don’t eat Ketupat!    7. Satay Image Credit: Dedit Yasa from Pixabay  Satay or Sate is a typical Southeast Asian meal that is mouthwatering, famous in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. There are several types of Satay like chicken Satay or mutton Satay. The meat are cut into smaller pieces on a stick and grilled with charcoal. Chicken Satay is often served with peanut sauce and sweet soy ketchup while mutton satay is usually served with sweet soy ketchup only. Another type of Satay found in Indonesia is Padangnese Satay which uses beef and a salty-spicy gooey sauce. As mentioned earlier, Satay is commonly eaten with peanut sauce. You could also serve Satay with some ketupat or Lontong. This would make the taste better! The best time to have satay is during the evening or at night. Eid al-Fitr night celebration would be merrier with satay and ketupat!    8. Lontong Image Credit: Lontong Sayur Lodeh by Chef Rossham Rusli on kuali Another substitute for rice and ketupat is lontong. Lontong is primarily made from rice. There are different ways that lontong is prepared. One way is that the rice is cooked, compressed, and rolled inside the banana leaf. For a more modern and quicker way of preparing lontong, you can find instant ones where the rice is filled in clear plastic and all you have to do is steam it. You can have lontong with sayur lodeh which is quite commonly served during Hari Raya in Singapore and Malaysia.  However, lontong is also suitable to be eaten with many Eid-al Fitr dishes like Chicken Opor, Satay, or Sambal Goreng. This dish can be found easily in Indonesia, Singapore, or Malaysia.   9. Candied Fruits Image Credit: Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay  We have discussed heavy and light dishes, so you must be quite full just from reading it right? Now let’s take a break and have some dessert. The first recommendation is candied fruits which are usually kept in transparent jars and served on the table. It is very eye-catching as it is made from colorful fruits like mango, papaya, guava, snake fruit, kiwi, pumpkin, and many more. These fruits are being fermented so it can be kept for a long time in jars. It has a sweet taste to it which is no wonder why kids usually love eating them. It is to be noted that candied fruits shouldn't be consumed too much due to its sweet taste. The solution to this is that the candied fruits can be served in smaller jars so that it wouldn't be over-consumed.    10. Dodol Image Credit: Dodol on asian inspirations  Another sweet treat which very common in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines, and Thailand is Dodol. Dodol is a sugar-palm based dessert that is caramelized for hours in a big fireplace or oven. Dodol has a chewy texture and is very dense. It also sometimes cut into a diamond, strips, or into squares. Nowadays, there are a wide variety of flavors such as vanilla, coconut, apple, durian, or mango. This sweet dessert can be found easily in every souvenir shop in some Southeast Asian countries, and it is a must-have dessert during Eid al-Fitr celebration Once again, have it in moderation! If you have time, you could prepare the Dodol from scratch. However, you could also easily get it from online stores or the market.   We will welcome Hari Raya Eid al-Fitr in a couple of days. Several countries in Southeast Asia may still have regulations in place to prevent large gatherings or house visiting due to the virus. This may be disappointing for some of us as we try to find new means of celebrating Eid al-Fitr this year. However, we could still get into the festive mood by preparing or buying some of the dishes and food listed above. With that, we hope that all our readers stay safe and spend the remaining days of Ramadan meaningfully with your loved ones!  via GIPHY...

  • Eid 2020 | 15 Must Have Kuih Raya For Eid

    Are you sure you are ready to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr? The next most important question is, have you listed out your must have Kuih Raya? If you don't have any ideas yet, then you have come to the right place because Hari Raya Eid Al-Fitr will not be complete without Kuih Raya. These sweet or savoury Kuih Raya are a must have for Eid as they will get you into the festive mood. So, let’s rejoice this moment of Ramadan and Eid with sweet delights. Now that you have more time to do some research, maybe you should try those types of Kuih Raya that you have never ever tasted before. During this time, you can even try baking one yourself! Here are 15 must have Kuih Raya for you to note down! via GIPHY  1. Pineapple Tart (Kuih Tart) Image Credit: Tart Nenas by Debbie Teoh on kuali  The classic famous pineapple tart is one of the most favorite kuih to serve for Eid Al-Fitr. This kuih is very common in Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. It is very easy to find pineapple tarts in every houses you visit during Eid Al-Fitr in Southeast Asia. Pineapple tart itself is a bite-size pastry filled with pineapple jam. It has a buttery and crumbly pastry texture on the outside and melts on the inside. Well, sometimes they also put the pineapple jam as a topping instead of a filling. So, which team are you on? Is it pineapple tart with pineapple jam as a topping, or filling? 2. Suji Biscuit (Semolina Cookies) Image Credit: Sugee Cookies by Chef Nermala Dass on kuali Suji biscuits originated from India. It is a cookie made of flour, ghee (clarified butter) and sugar with a pinch of salt. Imagine tasting a balanced flavor of sweet and salty. This biscuit has a soft texture that melts in your mouth. Yum... This is definitely a must have Kuih Raya for Eid. You could get them from online stores or better enough, bake your own! 3. Honey Cornflakes (Cornflakes Madu) Image Credit: Honey Cornflakes Biscuit by Dish by Ili Honey Cornflakes also known as Cornflakes Madu is made of crunchy cornflakes coated with sweet honey and either topped with chopped cherries or colorful sprinkles. It is one of the easiest cookies to make that requires only 4 ingredients. Those ingredients are plain cornflakes, honey, butter, and chopped cherries. Furthermore, it only takes less than 30 minutes to make one. We recommend you to try making one yourself!  4. Almond London   Image Credit: Almond London by Debbie Teoh on kuali Almond London is one of the most favorite kuih for Hari Raya. It could be because of its mouth-watering look or the richness of its taste. Almond London consists of roasted almond inside a milky cookie, coated with delicious dark chocolate with almond nibs as toppings. This sweet but also dark chocolate bittery cookie has a crunchy texture. 5. Rempeyek Image Credit: Rempeyek Kacang - Indonesian Peanut Cracker by dapurmpoknobi on cookpad Rempeyek is a very common kuih in Southeast Asia that originated from Java Island, Indonesia. Like pineapple tarts, most people are familiar with it and it is popular amongst many Southeast Asian countries. Rempeyek itself is a fried peanut cracker. It is relatively easy to make and does not require an oven. It is made from peanuts, lime leaves, white rice flour, egg, tapioca flour, coriander seeds, galangal, garlic, candlenuts, and salt. You can even add anchovies to the mix.  Imagine that rich savory taste coupled with the crunchiness of the nuts. Delicious isn't it? 6. Popia Simpul Image Credit: Resepi Popia Simpul (Simpul Kasih) Terbaik by Iluminasimedia on Iluminasi  Like rempeyek, popia simpul also does not require an oven. Popia simpul which is very famous in Malaysia and Singapore is a fried bite-sized knotted spring rolls filled with chicken floss. The main ingredients are spring roll pastry and chicken floss. It has a crispy texture that will make it hard for you to stop nibbling. Surely you would've come across a bottle of the popia simpul when visiting your relatives during Hari Raya. This kuih is sold in many stores, including online stores. Why not challenge yourself this Eid and make your own popia simpul? 7. Nestum Cookies Image Credit: Nestum cookies by suzilawong on cookpad Nestum cookies are one of the most delicious kuih that is perfect for Hari Raya. Nestum cookies is everyone’s favorite. Nestum itself is a brand of a cereal that is well-known for its taste and aroma. When used as an ingredient, it gives off a crunchy texture with sweet aroma filling in the air. There are varieties of Nestum cookies recipe that you can follow on the internet, from Original Nestum to Almond Nestum cookies. 8. Fried Rose (Kembang Goyang) Image Credit: Achu murukku recipe, Rose cookies recipe without eggs by by Sharmis Passion Fried Rose Cookies could be found in Malaysia and Indonesia (Kembang Goyang). It originated from India. Over there, it is known as Achu Murukku. It is crispy, sweet, and salty at the same time. This kuih is fried with a flower-shaped mold. The ingredients are rice flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, coconut milk, egg, salt, and oil. It is pretty easy to make and only takes less than 30 minutes of your time. Worth it right?  9. Snowball Cookies Image Credit: Snowball Cookies by Brown Eyed Baker Snowball cookies have a smooth yet crunchy texture that easily melts in your mouth. This cookie usually contains nuts like pecan, walnut or almond. It is also a buttery bite-sized round pastry covered in powdered sugar, perfect for those of you with a sweet tooth! After feasting on all that spicy Hari Raya dish, why not eat some snowball cookies? It will be worth it (we promise).   10. Cat’s Tongue (Lidah Kucing) Image Credit: Original Lidah Kucing (dgn oven warisan mertua) by моммү jзи on cookpad Cat’s tongue is a delicate biscuit perfect for Eid celebration or as a tea companion. This biscuit exists throughout the world, including Asia, Europe, Australia and South America. They are made from egg white, wheat flour, sugar, butter, and vanilla. Cat’s tongue could be topped with various toppings like chocolate sprinkles or nuts, or dipped in chocolate melt. 11. Kaastengel (Cheese Stick Shortbread) Image Credit: Kaastengel Indonesian Kue Keju (Cheese Cookies)/Cheese Stick by FOOFARAW on FOOD52 Kaastengel is pretty famous in Indonesia. It was brought in by the Dutch. Kaastengel or cheese stick shortbread is a perfect kuih raya. It looks like a golden bar, buttery and savory, making it difficult for you to stop eating once you start. The main ingredients are Edam or Cheddar cheese, unsalted butter, egg, flour, and milk powder. 12. Chocolate Chip Image Credit: Chocolate Chip Cookie by Resepi Che Nom Chocolate chip cookie is famous all around the world and you could easily find served as a kuih raya in one of your house visits. It is one of the ultimate classic cookies one has to try. It has a smooth yet crunchy texture and is best served with tea. A good chocolate chip cookie has a balanced sweet and salty flavor. Chocolate chip cookie is made from butter, white sugar, brown sugar, flour, salt and chocolate chips. The fragrant smell as soon as it comes out fresh out of the oven is oh-so-delicious!  13. Dahlia Biscuit (Kuih Semperit) Image Credit: Biskut Samperit/Custard Cookies by Lisa's Lemony Kitchen Dahlia Biscuit or also known as kuih semperit in Malaysia, is an old custard butter cookie. It is a small cookie shaped like flower topped with chopped cherries. It is made from butter, icing sugar, egg yolk, cake flour, corn flour and custard powder. Kuih Semperit is another popular kuih raya where once you start eating one, you can never stop. This is a must have kuih raya due to its wonderful taste and we recommend you try baking one yourself!  14. Sarang Semut Image Credit: Ant’s Nest Cookies (Biskut Sarang Semut) on asian inspirations Sarang semut (ant’s nest) is a biscuit that is common in Malaysia, especially during Hari Raya. Its pastry has a crispy texture. Sarang semut is made from butter, caster sugar, plain flour, custard powder, vanilla, chocolate sprinkles. This kuih is a children’s favorite because of its rainbow chocolate sprinkles topping. If you have young children at home, be sure to have this must have kuih on your table during Eid! 15. Checkerboard Image Credit: Checkerboard Cookie by Jo Cooks Checkerboard cookie is a perfect solution for those who can’t decide between vanilla or chocolate cookie. It is made from unsalted butter, sugar, vanilla extract, salt, cocoa powder, and egg. You can also replace the cocoa with green pandanus leaves to create a ketupat-shaped like cookie. It is perfect for Eid - the designs and the taste - it definitely embodies the Raya spirit.  Voila! Now you have a list of must-have kuih raya in your hands for your perfect Eid Al-Fitr. Some of them are pretty easy to make. So, why not try to make some? We hope this can inspire you to make your own kuih raya or at the very least, get them from online stores. In this moment of celebration, we usually gather with our big families. This time round however, we ought to celebrate this special moment while staying at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, in this special moment, let us make this fun by learning new things like baking cookies or kuihs from our list. Do not forget to wash your hand frequently and use a face mask when you go out! Insha Allah this moment will pass and hopefully things will get better. via GIPHY...

  • 8 Indie Brands To Get Your For-Show-Only Baju Raya Online

    This year, Eid is definitely going to be a unique experience given the Covid-19 pandemic. You may not be doing the usual stuff like visiting, kissing your older family members’ hands (Salam) and eating as many treats as you want after fasting for a month. This Eid, you might be visiting by video calling your loved ones, asking for forgiveness via video calls and eating your own Hari Raya treats at the comfort of your own homes. So, with such a unique experience, we would like to recommend 8 Indie brands for your unique for-show-only Raya clothes that you can easily order online! via GIPHY  1. Anaabu Image Credit: Anaabu on Facebook Anaabu is a brand that is concerned with the environment. Anaabu values sustainable fashion which is part of their effort in doing good to the ecosystem. Their Eid Campaign for 2020 is a beautiful and sustainable collection with the theme of Nature (Alam).  Anaabu caters to not just women, but also men (yay!). Their designs are very minimalist and consist of colours close to those you see around you (nature). Our personal favourite thing about Anaabu's designs is that they have many loose clothes so we have more space to eat all our delicious rendang and lontong (thank you very much). So if this Hari Raya, you feel like looking cool and you want to own cooling clothes, Anaabu is definitely for you. Image Credit: Anaabu They do worldwide shipping of their products but be sure to note that orders placed Monday through Friday by 9.00 am (excluding holidays) are shipped the same day. Whereas orders placed after 9.00 am or holidays are shipped the next business day. Orders placed on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday will be shipped out the following Tuesday (excluding holidays). On top of that, shipping time might take longer during festive seasons, early release of collection, or if your parcel gets held back for customs clearance. Posting rate: determined by actual or volumetric weight, whichever is higher. 2. Whimsigirl Image Credit: Whimsigirl Whimsigirl is a brand made for all girls. They make beautiful designs that are sweet and funky. The best part is, they cater to a range of sizes (XS - XXL). This is definitely a brand that brings out the feminine (and a little playful) side of you. Additionally, their brand makes inclusive collection for all the Everyday Girls - the creative girl, the corporate girl, the minimalistic girl, the girly girl, the sporty girl, the expectant mum, nursing mums. Basically every girl out there! Their Eid Collection is called EID Girl: Nona and carries a range of designs or many different colours (definitely worth your attention). However, if you are really keen, be sure to place orders fast as a lot of their Eid designs are sold out (hurry!).  Image Credit: Whimsigirl Whimsigirl does shipping to Malaysia and Singapore. It is free shipping for orders within Malaysia. Shipping rates to Singapore are calculated upon checking out (could be about RM25 or about SGD8 for some areas).   3. Oh Sebenar  Image Credit: Oh Sebenar Oh Sebenar is a label for contemporary women’s wear. If you are a modern woman who believes in trans-seasonal pieces, then Oh Sebenar is the shop for you. Even though Oh Sebenar is not releasing a new collection for Raya due to the current situation, they are having a Raya Sale of beautiful pieces in earthy tone and made from comfortable fabric from their past collection. The best part is, some items are priced at a 50% discount! They provide free local shipping to Malaysia.  International shipping rates:  Destination Rates Brunei RM 45 Singapore  RM 40 Australia RM 75 UK, US, Canada, UAE and others RM 130 Image credit: Oh Sebenar 4. Arared Image Credit: Arared Calling all the vintage fashion lovers as you could wear a vintage piece this Raya when you purchase designs from Arared. Arared has curated vintage collections that carry Ready-to-Wear and Made-to-Measure pieces and shoes under their own label. Arared caters to all women who know how to own it and have the confidence to just be themselves. Image Credit: Arared Arared has got an exclusive collection that caters to those who love silk and exquisite designs. Be sure to place your orders immediately as their designs get sold out pretty quickly too.  5. Adrianna Yariqa Image Credit: Adrianna Yariqa on Facebook The thing about Adrianna Yariqa is that, you could look good wearing their labels even in the current situation as in their Eid collection this year, they have masks (adult and kid sizes) to match their awesome Raya clothes!  Image Credit: Adrianna Yariqa Adrianna Yariqa caters to men, women and even children. The best part is, the designs are definitely Instagram-worthy as they have such lovely colour combinations and a modern feel without losing the modesty.  Image Credit: Adrianna Yariqa on Facebook For some men, wearing the full Baju Melayu could be redundant this year as we would most probably spend Eid at home. There are some kurtas that you could check out from their collection. Their kurtas would still invoke a festive feel as well as comfort (not too hot).  An interesting thing about payment is that you could select an installment plan (interest-free!). The installment would be done in three payments. Look at the picture below as a guide.  Image Credit: Hoolah on Adrianna Yariqa Shipping: Their shipping rates are calculated upon checkout.  6. Hadiyyah.sg  Image Credit: Hadiyyah on Facebook If you are a batik lover, Hadiyyah.sg is the shop for you. They have all kinds of artsy batik designs for men, women and children! Hadiyyah.sg also provides simple yet elegant designs of baju kurung for women.  Image Credit: Hadiyyah on Facebook For a unique look this Raya, ladies could also pull off a chic look with their #Milasuitset which comprises a top with matching palazzo pants or skirt (yes, you can choose between a skirt and pants!). The best thing about shopping at Hadiyyah.sg is that the prices are very affordable which is definitely worth buying especially if you are buying clothes as a family. Shipping rate:  Normal or Registered Mail (subject to item weight). Ships locally (within Singapore).  Custom Courier: SGD4 7.  Aliaanggun  Are you looking for brocade designs for your Raya clothes? Alia Anggun has demure brocade Baju Kurung for ladies. When you purchase Alia Anggun’s products, you would fall in love not just with the lovely designs but most importantly with the quality.  Image credit: Alia Anggun on Instagram Apart from traditional  Baju Kurung, Alia Anggun also offers modern and elegant designs for a more casual look this Eid (refer to pictures below). Image credit: Alia Anggun on Instagram To order, simply contact Alia Anggub via WhatsApp. As of now, we are not sure of the type of shipping that they do but we definitely know that they do ship within Singapore (subject to postage fees).  8. En Pointe Singapore Image Credit: En Pointe on Facebook Since this year’s Eid is definitely going to be a different (most memorable?) one, why not buy a fusion Raya clothes? With exquisite designs and beautiful materials meshed together (like lace with silk), you would definitely spend your Eid in style albeit at home.  Image Credit: En Pointe on Facebook Bring out your inner Bollywood actress and yet exude your modest elegance with designs from En Pointe.  Shipping: Local (within Singapore)  Shipping rates: subject to item weight (postage fees) With that, we hope that you would have unique ideas as to what to wear for your memorable Eid this year. Even though you would most likely be celebrating Eid at home, you could definitely do it in style (your style). Most importantly, you could get your for-show-only Baju Raya online from these Indie brands we have listed. Have a great Ramadan!  via GIPHY   ...

  • 12 Halal Restaurants In Singapore With Delivery or Takeaway For Your Iftar With The Family

    This year's Ramadan is very much different from previous ones where you could go out to break your fast with family. Fret not, when you run out of ideas on what to cook, instead of going out, you could stay in and order from these 12 food places or you could take a walk to get takeaways from some of them. Please be reminded to go out to buy food alone and not as a family. This is to protect yourself and your loved ones. Most importantly, wear a mask.  via GIPHY   1. On & On Diners Pte Ltd Image Credit: On & On Diners on Facebook On & On Diners is a halal-certified caterer that puts an emphasis on quality ingredients coupled with traditional local recipes. For local cuisine lovers, this caterer definitely has what you need. For Iftar, there are so many mini buffet menus with a minimum of 5 pax or 10 pax orders. For a small family of about 5 people, we recommend the ‘Zi Char’ mini buffet which is at a very affordable price of $68! In this buffet menu, you could choose rice or noodles, vegetables, poultry, fish, 2 side dishes and dessert (Wow, 7 courses for just $68!).  Other minimum 5 pax mini buffet menus: Iftar Menu (8 Courses: Rice/Noodles, Vegetables, Poultry, Chicken, Fish, 2 side dishes & Dessert for $88 for 5 pax) Chicken Rice Mini Buffet (7 Courses: Fragrant Chicken Rice, Tofu, Chicken, Fish, 2 side dishes & Dessert for $68 for 5 pax)  Malay Style Mini Buffet (7 Courses: Rice, Vegetables, Heritage, Fish, Seafood, 1 side dish & Dessert for $68 for 5 pax) Indian Style Mini Buffet (7 Courses: Rice (Dum Briyani!!!!), Vegetables, Poultry, Fish, 2 side dishes & Dessert for $68 for 5 pax) Thai Style Mini Buffet (7 Courses: Tom Yum Goong, Rice, Vegetables, Poultry, Fish & 2 side dishes for $68 for 5 pax) If your family size is bigger and you can meet the minimum 10 pax order, you have a larger variety of mini buffet menus to choose from. However, be sure to order just the right amount of food as Ramadaan is not a month of feasting and indulgence.  Click here to order now! **Do take note that the above-mentioned prices are not inclusive of GST.    2. Doulath Catering Services Image Credit: Doulath Catering Services on Facebook Doulath Catering Services sets out to provide the finest quality of services for valued customers. This Ramadan, Doulath is providing Iftar menu with prices below:  4 pax $38 Nett 6 pax $54 Nett 10 pax $85 Nett  This Ramadan delivery menu comprises of: Briyani Rice Beef Briyani Dalcha (vegetables and gravy) Chicken Masak Merah (similar to sambal/chili gravy) Pineapple Paceri (pickled pineapples. For us, this is a great complement to Briyani Rice!) Complimentary Dessert  Do note that their delivery slots are between Fridays to Sundays and between 5pm to 6.30pm. To order, simply click here, for their online order form. 3. Hjh Maimunah Image Credit: Hjh Maimunah on Facebook Who does not love Hjh Maimunah’s food? Just thinking about it makes our mouths water (Stop! It is Ramadhan so do not let your mouth water as it could nullify your fast). The best part is, Hjh Maimunah now does an islandwide delivery (insert internal scream sound effect!). To get them to deliver to you, you need to make a minimum order of $30. With such a minimum order price, you could enjoy a combo meal for 2 pax.  Combo meal for 2 pax for the price of $30 menus: Combo Set A Steamed White Rice Ayam Lemak Cili Padi Stir-Fried Vegetable Begedel Sambal Sotong Lime Cordial - 1 bottle Syrup Selasih Cordial - 1 bottle Bubur Pengat Pisang - 1 pax (our personal favourite from Hjh Maimunah) Bubur Kacang Hijau - 1 pax Combo Set B Steamed White Rice Beef Rendang Sambal Goreng Jawa Egg Belado Sambal Prawn Lime Cordial - 1 bottle Syrup Selasih Cordial - 1 bottle Jonkong (an interesting traditional Malay kueh that looks harmless but when you eat it, you just cannot stop) Combo Set C Steamed White Rice Asam Pedas Stingray Sambal Goreng Pengantin Kentang Belado Stir-Fried Vegetable Lime Cordial - 1 bottle Syrup Selasih Cordial - 1 bottle Mixed Kueh - 4 pieces For bigger families, you could choose set meals where you are given the choice to choose a variety of dishes such as rendang, lemak cili padi, asam pedas, black pepper and so much more! You could also choose from combo meals to set meals to appetizers, staples, noodles, desserts and many more. Simply click here, to check out their delivery menu. 4. Rumah Makan Minang  Image Credit: Rumah Makan Minang on Facebook Similarly, Rumah Makan Minang also has a variety of dishes to choose from. Our top recommendation is definitely the Indonesian Tahu Telur which complements the other dishes and the hot rice so well. Image Credit: Rumah Makan Minang on Facebook As of now, their Ramadan delivery is fully booked. However, you could still go to their website here, and click on "order now" for their delivery menu. Be sure to note the different prices of delivery charges according to the amount of food you order.   5. Deanna's Kitchen Image Credit: Deanna's Kitchen When you crave for some hot soupy food to soothe that parched throat, Deanna’s Kitchen is the place to buy food from. Their incredible menu offers tasty noodles soup with awesome seafood to choose from. Our favourite is the Big Prawn Mee that would tease your taste buds as the hot chili is complemented so well with the sweetness from the fresh prawns. Price range: $7 - $11 for individual bowls.  If you are looking for family-sized meals here, you could go for the seafood platter ($39.50 or $58.50 if you add an extra lobster) or the seafood bonanza ($35.50). Simply click here to order.  6. Pu3 Restaurant  Image Credit: Pu3 Restaurant on Facebook Pu3 Restaurant offers a wonderful selection of Nasi Ambeng. While your family is gathered around the Nasi Ambeng platter, they not only eat delicious food but they would also learn the meaning of sharing is caring. It is a beautiful feeling to sit around a ‘dulang’ or platter and eat with the people closest to your heart.  Price range for platter for 2 pax: $28 - $36 Price range for platter for 4 pax: $50 - $60  If you want to do some social-distancing as you worry for your loved ones’ health, you could order bento sets instead.  Price range for bento sets: $9 - $10 Pu3 restaurant delivers islandwide with a flat fee of $20. If you prefer to do a self-collection, you could do so but make sure that you have made an arrangement prior to the collection. Also, the restaurant requires 3 hours lead time to prepare all delivery orders. To order, click here. 7. Maki-San Image Credit: Makisan on Facebook Maki-San offers platters for 4 or more pax at affordable prices between $55 - $120. During this Ramadan, it is good to eat them good sushi as they are not only filling but healthy too! The sushi at Maki-San has just the right amount of rice, vegetables/salads and choice of meat to fill your bellies and also not make you feel too bloated (so that you could do Taraweeh with ease).  To order, just go to GrabFood and look for the Maki-San branch nearest to you.  8. Simply Wrapps  Image Credit: Simply Wrapps on Facebook Another filling and healthy option would be ordering from Simply Wrapps (GrabFood app). This restaurant is a suitable option for those who love to customise your food orders. The wraps, quesadilla and burrito has a variety option from Mexican to Indian style cooking. On top of that, you could order the bowls (Grain, Soba and Keto) so that you could watch your weight and be in the healthier range this Ramadan. If you want to share your food with your family members, we definitely recommend ordering burritos which comes in a pretty awesome size (could be shared among 2 pax).  9. Yassin Kampung  Image Credit: Yassin Kampung When you need to have a scrumptious meal with your family, be sure to check out to Yassin Kampung. Yassin Kampung offers a buffet spread, combo meals and even Tingkat meals (10 days meals sent to doorstep). There are also ala carte meals and we would definitely recommend the Ayam Penyet with rice (delicious!). Price range for combo meals:  2 - 3 pax $38 4 - 5 pax $68 6 - 7 pax $128 7 - 8 pax $158  You can place your orders here.  10. Jollibee  Why not stock up on your protein this Ramadan with Jollibee’s mind blowing chicken? We recommend buying the bucket meals to share with your family. Price range for the bucket meals are between $18 - $35. You could order Jollibee from the foodpanda app.  11. The Shepherd’s Pie  Image Credit: The Shepherd's Pie on Facebook Calling all meat and veggie lovers, The Shepherd’s Pie offers all kinds of pie platters to suit you and your family. If you're craving for some shepherd's pie, why not order them for iftar? All their platters could serve 4 - 6 pax.  Varieties of platters: Lamb Special ($48) Teriyaki Chicken ($42) Rendang Beef - Spicy (awoo) ($42)  Classic Chicken ($39) Black Pepper Beef (this is our personal favourite) ($39) Black Pepper Chicken ($39) Veggie Lovers (if you do not feel like meat-ing during the circuit breaker) ($39) Classic Beef ($39) **Free delivery if you spend more than $70  To order, click here or go to GrabFood.  12. Citrus by the Pool  Image Credit: Citrus By The Pool on Facebook Why not try something new and refreshing? Order from Citrus by the Pool which offers islandwide delivery (delivery charges subjected to the area of delivery). Be sure to order their bundle deals for 2 - 6 pax.  Prices for bundle deals:  BFF Bundle Deal (For 2 pax): $32  Squad Bundle Deal (For 4 pax): $60.90  Family Bundle Deal (For 6 pax): $89.80 To order, simply go to the GrabFood app and look for the restaurant under those offering islandwide delivery (bless them).  via GIPHY There you have it, 12 eateries with delivery or takeaways for your iftar with your family! This way you'll never run out of ideas of what to eat for iftar. That's it from us, have a great Ramadan! Stay home and stay safe....



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