M.A.K.A.N. by The Red Cherry @ Jaya One

December 8, 2016

M.A.K.A.N. by The Red Cherry is a one-stop shopping space for independently made food products, with some 50 local brands represented, crafted with thought & care, free of artificial preservatives. We were impressed by both the diversity & the quality here - if you haven't tried homegrown artisanal snacks & sauces, this seems like the ideal place to pop your cherry.

Highlight include the Granola Geeks range, with witty names like John Lemon & Coco Ono, Oat To Joy, Ready Set Goji & Never Chai Never Know. We tried Dreaming Of A White Citrus - as soon as we opened the bag, a lovely, heady aroma burst out, conveying the combined scent of white chocolate, dehydrated oranges, dried cranberries, cashews, almonds & more. Great granola indeed, packed with plenty of well-proportioned, nutritious ingredients. Bonus points to M.A.K.A.N. for having small jars placed beside many of the products for customers to sample before purchasing.

You'll find many interesting offerings here, including some with social enterprise backgrounds - we love the balanchong, a very flavoursome mix of ikan bilis, peanuts, chilli, garlic & onions, made by Burmese refugee women living in a Malaysian shelter, with proceeds channelled to a community fund for their support. There are also bottles of handmade organic virgin coconut oil by Burmese migrants, suitable for cooking & for beauty applications, as well as durian, lychee & cempedak real-fruit cookies by the single mothers of Simply Cookies, plus fruit jams also by single moms from Homemade4all.

We couldn't get enough either of Jobbie's peanut butter (the ultimate in chunky, nutty butter) or Real Sambal (fresh-tasting & appetisingly textured, with a suitably spicy zing).

The list really does go on & on - Spoon Health quinoa & chia seeds, Moringa Factory leaf powder & seeds, Shy Panda tea, The Honey Hearts raw wild Borneo honey & honey-infused apple cider vinegar ...

... granolas, nut mixes & spreads by Amazin' Graze, plus nut butters by four different brands, in varieties like sugarless, chunky or smooth, in nuts like cashew, almond or even pistachio by Joey's Homemade ...

... veggie pasta by Foodies With Love, jams & chutneys by Mangolicious, chilli-based condiments by Super Yin, Daily's & TJ Homemade Delight ...

... curry powder by Marge's Kitchen, chicken seasoning by GBabyLand, food powders by Amanda's Homemade, acar saltfish by Penang Secrets, bread bites by Annie's Kitchen, granola by The Kettlebowl, Aly's & Shia's, peanut butter by Carver's & Homemade by Feli ...

... garlic herb butter by Sapu Lah, sambal ikan bilis by Bernie Chan, chia oats by Black N Beige Cravings, kimchi by Cultured Bites, pickled petai by Dapur Sainer ...

... plus sweet treats by Sweet Palate, Fatbaby Ice Cream, Pops Malaya & G Stick, & more, including gift baskets that would be great for Christmas. Our thanks to M.A.K.A.N. by The Red Cherry for having us here.

M.A.K.A.N. by The Red Cherry
Pop Jaya One, Ground Floor, The School, Jaya One, Petaling Jaya. Daily, 10am-10pm. Shop online at makan.avana.asia

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