News that Malaysia is the fattest Asian country in the world isn’t new at all, but the fact still stands that Malaysia holds this title till today- with no sign of letting up either. Almost half of the adult population is overweight or obese, and considering the health complications that accompany this condition, this is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Thanks to our country’s racial and cultural diversity, we’re completely spoilt for choice. Whether it’s Malay, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Western or any other cultural cuisine you can think of, we’ve got it. Access to these cuisines is easy, and santan and oil are present in Malaysian food in excess.

Lack of exercise is also another major contributing factor, which, granted, isn’t completely our fault. We work long hours, and our streets and weather aren’t exactly the most pedestrian-friendly.

How can we lose weight, though? Here’re a couple of tips to help you on your path to a newer, healthier you:


This one is a no-brainer, but it’s surprising how often it’s pretty much neglected. Yes, as mentioned, we don’t exactly live in the most favourable environment for exercise.

All hope isn’t lost, however. You can easily get your daily exercise in by walking around in the mall, or by simply walking up and down the stairs. It doesn’t have to be for an hour. It can be for 20-30 minutes; as long as you’re moving, you’ll improve by leaps and bounds. The gym is also a fantastic option if you have a bit more time and money to spare.

FUN FACT: Muscles help burn fat. So the fitter you are, the more effectively you’ll burn fat.

Drink more water

Not only will water help you stay hydrated, it will also help you lower your appetite. Whenever you’re feeling particularly hungry, try filling up with some water before diving into your meal. Even sipping water throughout the day will reduce those dreaded hunger pangs- which is what we want to avoid. It’s all too easy to overeat when we’re hungry!

PRO TIP: Green tea is a wonderful alternative to water. It is a zero-calorie, fat-burning beverage that should be a staple in your diet.

Fix your diet

Yet another #obvious piece of advice, but like exercise, it suffers from neglect. It may be difficult at first, but to lead a healthier life, it is time to cut out greasy, sugary food from your diet. Instead of opting for nasi lemak, curry or fast food, load up on leafy greens, grains, fruits and protein. Protein is especially important when it comes to building muscle. Load up on this after your exercise routine for maximum effect.

FUN FACT: Nutrition has more to do with muscle-building than exercise does. While this doesn’t mean you should skip out on exercise, it does mean you should have a more balanced diet. Don’t forget your protein!

Prepare your own meals

The reason for this is simple: you don’t know what goes into your meals when other people prepare them for you. No, this doesn’t mean death to all food outings. It would simply be best to prepare the majority of your meals on your own. At least this way, you’ll be able to control what goes into your diet.

Get enough sleep

Lack of sleep can lead to weight gain. Don’t believe me? The more sleep-deprived you are, the higher the level of the stress hormone cortisol in your body. This stress hormone is one that increases your appetite. If you’ve ever wondered why you’ve been eating more lately (and it just so happened not long after you started having late nights at work), it is simply because of this. Even being deprived of 30 minutes of sleep can make you more susceptible to weight gain, so watch out!

Good luck on your journey to a healthier you!

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team


We’ve heard it time and time again: what you put inside your body will reflect on the outside as well. If you’re on a mission to gain gorgeous, healthy skin, then pay attention to this quick list I’ve put together for your convenience.

For this particular piece, focus will be placed on fruits, which are essentially nature’s candy. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a bowl of sweet, nutritious fruit, after all.

1. Oranges


  • Rich in: Vitamin C
  • Benefits: Helps prevent wrinkles and sagging

2. Blueberries


  • Rich in: Antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E
  • Benefits: Helps rejuvenate skin and prevent pimples

3. Avocadoes


  • Rich in: Vitamin B7
  • Benefits: Promotes cell regeneration and growth

4. Pomegranates


  • Rich in: Punicic acid, ellagic acid and antioxidants
  • Benefits: Controls acne, helps tighten skin and prevents the formation of fine lines and wrinkles

5. Bananas


  • Rich in: Potassium
  • Benefits: Moisturises and hydrates

6. Persimmons


  • Rich in: Antioxidants
  • Benefit: Helps prevent aging

7. Strawberries


  • Rich in: Antioxidants
  • Benefit: Helps prevent wrinkles

8. Papayas


  • Rich in: Vitamin A, Carotene
  • Benefits: Helps prevent pimples and reduces the signs of aging

9. Apples


  • Rich in: Malic acid, pectin
  • Benefits: Promotes firm, youthful skin and drives away acne

10. Kiwis


  • Rich in: Pectin, fiber
  • Benefits: Helps prevent wrinkles and blemishes

I wish you luck on your journey to gorgeous skin!

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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Disclaimer: This article is an excerpt from the third issue of our e-magazine, Crunch.



Malaysian Flavours is made up of the petite duo, Summerkid and Summergirl, who know all the “selok-belok” to finding the best eats all over Malaysia (and other countries too!). With amazing food photography skills and a flair for writing honest and detailed food reviews, they truly bring you on a journey to experience the best of Malaysian flavours.

If you find yourself lost and not knowing where to go for your next meal, their blog, Malaysian Flavours is the place to go for inspiration. Oh, but fair warning, though: if you follow them on Instagram, you may find yourself hungry and craving all sorts of yummy food at the most inappropriate times!

In conjunction with Valentine’s Day and CNY, we are fortunate enough to have this wonderful couple share their favourite recipes with us! Read on and get cooking!

Ring in the Lunar New Year in a Scrumptious Way with Your Valentine’s Date

When it comes to festive celebrations, there is always one thing these have in common other than joyous moments, and that is FOOD. This year, we decided to try out a few simple recipes that can be recreated for Valentine’s Day, Lunar New Year and beyond.

A combination of Asian and Western delights, all these recipes are quick and easy to prepare.

So put on an apron and be the chef for your family and or significant other this time around! You know they deserve it.

We are already excited to get dinner ready on the table. How about you? Give these recipes a go and have a ball cooking!



Traditional Chinese Herbal Chicken


One of our all-time favourites; a classic dish that is easy to make.

• 400g boneless chicken thigh, cut into cubes
• 1 tablespoon of Goji berries
• 8 red dates
• 2 sticks of Dong Gui
• 1 teaspoon of soy sauce
• 1 teaspoon of cornstarch
• 100 ml of water
• Salt to taste

1. Marinate chicken with cornstarch and soy sauce for 15 minutes.
2. Combine chicken with goji berries, red dates, dong gui and water.
3. Steam the chicken on medium heat for 25 minutes.
4. Add salt according to your liking.
5. Dish out and serve.

Prosperity Garlic Herb Baked Salmon


Chinese New Year meals are incomplete without fish! Here, we show you how to prepare this juicy baked salmon that is flavoured with a garlicky kick, and a refreshing, tangy sourness of lemon. It takes less than 20 minutes to prepare, but the outcome is delicious! You don’t even need to marinate it.

• 300g salmon steak, cut into 2
• 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
• 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh English parsley
• 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon of salt
• 4 dashes of black pepper
• 1 tablespoon of melted butter
• 1 lemon wedge

1. Preheat oven to 200 °C.
2. Rub salt over salmon steak.
3. Combine melted butter, lemon juice, minced garlic and chopped parsley.
4. Spoon the mixture onto salmon evenly.
5. Transfer salmon onto baking tray lined with parchment paper.
6. Bake for 13 minutes at 200°C.
7. Dish out and serve with lemon wedges.

Tangerine Feta Cheese Salad


A colour, flavour and texture-loaded dish. Originally a Western-style creation, we added tangerine slices for extra sweetness and juiciness- and of course, to fit in with the Chinese New Year theme!

• 150g of mixed salad greens
• 1 tablespoon of feta cheese, crumbled
• 1 tablespoon of preserved olive
• 4 tangerines (*you can also use mandarin oranges)
Vinaigrette Dressing:
• 30ml of cider vinegar
• 60ml of olive oil
• 3 tablespoons of sugar
• 1 tablespoon of finely chopped parsley
• 1⁄2 teaspoon of salt
• 3 dashes of ground black pepper

1. Combine all salad dressing ingredients in a jar. Shake well and refrigerate.
2. Mix salad in a large bowl.
3. Top with crumbled feta cheese.
4. Just before serving, shake the dressing well again and pour over salad. (*amount according to your liking)
5. Toss and enjoy!

Hot Chilli Pepper Spaghetti


Our parents love spaghetti so we thought it would be good to whip up hot chilli spaghetti for them. Top with shrimps because you know, “Ha” stands for “shrimp” in Cantonese and the Cantonese phrase “Xiu Ha Ha” means laughter. Hopefully their lives will be filled with lots of laughter everyday.

• 150g of pasta
• 1 clove of garlic, minced
• 1 tablespoon of olive oil
• 3 tablespoons of hot chili pepper in oil
• 6 shrimps, peel and de-vein
• Salt to taste

1. Cook spaghetti according to packaging directions.
2. While waiting for the spaghetti to cook, lightly stir-fry minced garlic until fragrant.
3. Add in shrimps and cook for about 6 minutes.
4. Remove shrimps and set aside.
5. Saute hot chilli pepper in oil.
6. Transfer cooked spaghetti into pan.
7. Toss everything together.
8. Dish out on plate. Arrange shrimps on top and serve.

Roast Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese


Who loves cheese and potatoes as much as we do? If they’re your thing, give this recipe a try!

• 5 potatoes
• 4 tablespoons of melted butter
• 10 cloves of garlic, skin on
• 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley leaves
• 1⁄2 lemon, cut into wedges
• 1 teaspoon of salt
• Dashes of black pepper
• 5-7 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
2. Cut slits on each potato, be careful not to cut through.
3. Transfer potatoes onto baking tray lined with parchment paper.
4. Combine melted butter, salt and black pepper, then brush evenly on potatoes.
5. Add garlic, parsley and lemon on tray, in between the potatoes.
6. Bake potatoes for 50 minutes. Bast the surface with oil mixture after 25 minutes.
7. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of potatoes and in between slits.
8. Continue to bake for another 10 minutes.
9. Dish out and serve.

Pan-Grilled Chicken with Five Spice Powder


A dish with a powerful punch of flavour and a unique five spice scent. Goes well with rice.

• 3 chicken wings (*with drumette, flat and tips)
• 1 teaspoon of corn starch
• 2 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1⁄2 teaspoon of five spice powder
• 1⁄2 teaspoon of sesame oil
• 1⁄2 tablespoon of oyster sauce
• 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
• 1 teaspoon of sugar
• 2 dashes of ground white pepper
• 1 teaspoon of toasted sesame seeds
• Pinch of salt
• 1⁄2 tablespoon of oil

1. Marinate chicken with minced garlic, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, five spice powder, salt, corn starch and white pepper for at least 2 hours.
2. Heat up oil in a skillet on medium heat.
3. Pan-fry the chicken on both sides until inside is cooked through. Turn occasionally to avoid burning the surface.
4. Dish out onto plate. Garnish with toasted sesame and serve immediately.

This feature is brought to you by our Nuffnang talent Malaysian Flavours

For more interesting content like this one, do check out the third issue of “Crunch” here

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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Photo credit to @samantha.keo

February is here, which means only one thing to everyone all over the world: Valentine’s Day. February is the most romantic month of the year, but it comes with a lot of stress from all the thinking and planning to celebrate this month of love.

“Should I book a fancy restaurant for her or just go to her favourite diner?”

“Hmm what should I get him, a watch or compile photos of us in a DIY a photo album?”

“I don’t even know if we are going to celebrate Valentine’s Day.”

All these typical questions running in your head could cause you that unnecessary extra stress!

To rescue you from all these Valentine’s Day woes, our team at Crunch did a few polls with our community to solve them all!

This piece is compiled by Afreeda Nawawi

For more interesting content like this one, do check out the third issue of “Crunch” here

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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Disclaimer: This article is an excerpt from the third issue of our e-magazine, Crunch.

The morning Choi was spotted sitting in Netccentric’s interview room, the whole office was amped with curiosity. Everyone wondered who this long-bearded guy was and why a guy with such an unusual appearance was there. Even the mailman who came by couldn’t stop peeking at Choi’s flamboyant attire. You can guess – by the time we knew he was hired, we were stoked.

In all honesty, Choi may not look like a guy who fell from the heavens, but he is one unique, witty gem of a character. If you are the kind of person who likes puns, don’t miss out on the chance to interact with @therealmrchoi on Instagram. If you’re lucky, he might shed some light on both life in the heavens and the secret to prosperity! #MalaysianFattGor


Photo credits to our Nuffie @therealmrchoi

This report is brought to you by Susan Yong

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Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team



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