Darussalam Enterprise’s (DARe) revamped Kontena Park formally opened in Anggerek Desa yesterday as an inexpensive incubation house for 9 new native meals and beverage (F&B) manufacturers to realize publicity and expertise working inside a business facility.
The re-designed Kontena Park is made up of eight, 6.1 metre sq. container models in a row which function the entrance service space, every with its personal 6.5 metre sq. extension housing an authorized kitchen within the rear. A brand new shaded seating space with followers has additionally been added, together with free WiFi for purchasers.
Government Officer at DARe Khairul Azmi stated the residing companies had been supplied a one yr tenancy at a rental of $350 month-to-month, with a view of serving to them prepared their growth for the broader market as homegrown F&B manufacturers who may probably set up retail chains or franchises.
“As an incubation house for locally-owned, locally-run F&B companies, we will likely be serving to out the tenants by monitoring gross sales, total visitors, to see what methods might be taken for enchancment,” stated Khairul. “They may even have entry to DARe’s ecosystem which incorporates training programmes, workshops and financing.”
Right here’s an introduction to the manufacturers who’ve arrange store.
Paying homage to my mom’s recipes: Star Anise
After establishing in Universiti Teknologi Brunei’s canteen for a semester, Star Anise is able to introduce their tackle native favourites together with fried noodles and nasi campur (blended rice) to the broader market.
Based by couple Abd Azim Rabbani Hj Abd Razak – a Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) pupil – and Nurafilabibah Mohd Shafiee – a current UBD graduate – Star Anise pays homage to their mom’s intensive data of Malay, Chinese language and Indian delicacies.
“Azim likes to have my mother’s cooking and was all the time suggesting that we flip this right into a enterprise. That’s how we began, promoting to dice shops,” stated Nurafilabibah. “There’s a lot selection (in her cooking). In creating the nasi campur menu (rice field sequence), we’re serving completely different dishes daily.”
Candy and savoury crepes: The Toast Membership
Successful at Tutong’s Gerai Ramadhan in 2016 and a favorite at Sahur Saturday, the enterprising all-female staff behind The Toast Membership at the moment are trying set up themselves past the pop-up scene.
“Our idea of serving on-the-go meals was impressed from our travels overseas; crepes and (crammed, thick) toast wasn’t actually widespread but right here in Brunei, so we realized all of the (preparations) on-line,” stated Umi Khairiyah Norzairi, who based the enterprise along with her shut group of mates whereas job searching after graduating.
The Toast Membership had been certainly one of final distributors to maneuver into the primary model of Kontena Park earlier than it closed for renovations on the finish of 2018. This time, they’re returning with a wider vary of candy and savoury choices and up-sized mocktails.
“We hope that this may be the beginning for us to realize extra publicity and hopefully open extra shops sooner or later,” added Umi. “It’s (Anggerek Desa Expertise Park) the centre of startups so it nice to be part of a group that’s on this collectively,” added staff member Nafisa Halim.
Taking advantage of native chillies: Eat’s Scorching
Many Bruneians get pleasure from their meals spicy, says Ida Matnoor, the founding father of Eat’s Scorching. Nevertheless, there’s but to be Bruneian F&B enterprise who’s efficiently constructed their model identification round it.
“There are spicy eating places (chains and franchises) and sizzling sauces which have been extensively profitable internationally,” says Ida. “As a lover of spicy meals, I undoubtedly thought it was time we had a Brunei model that made probably the most of native our chillies.”
Ida started making deliveries for her do-it-yourself spicy rooster wings two years in the past, earlier than catching her first breakthrough by partnering with a bubble tea franchise final yr to serve a wider menu together with pasta on the Jerudong Gas Station.
“Kontena Park is the following enterprise for Eat’s Scorching, hopefully, a stepping stone for us change into a franchise at some point,” she added.
Cream cheese drinks: Dwelling Flavours
The bubble tea market in Brunei could also be saturated with dozens of choices, however there’s all the time room for a brand new model to wedge their method in with a novel product.
Dwelling Flavours’ menu takes your customary bubble tea and low and infuses them with a cream cheese foam. It’s proved to be a profitable system up to now, with Kontena Park being the third small outlet in lower than 18 months for the homegrown model developed by Philip Teo.
“We didn’t anticipate it develop this shortly,” stated Sammy Isham, Philip’s cousin, who operates their Kontena Park outlet. “We’re (repeatedly) making an attempt to provide you with new mixtures and choices that the purchasers would love; the newest drinks embody sakura (cherry blossom) and brown sugar pearls.”
Elevating easy breadsticks: Chakoi Rindu
Wafaa Wajihah Mohd Rosmadini’s grandmother did effectively for herself promoting fried bread sticks often called cakoi in two choices – plain or with kaya – close to their home in Tutong again within the 1970s and 80s. Prospects would usually come to reminisce or rindu her cakoi, which is how Chakoi Rindu developed its title.
At present, most stalls promoting cakoi can have choices for peanut butter, chocolate and fruit jams. However in 2016, Wafaa and her father determined to take cakoi a step additional, tweaking their dough recipe for a thicker breadstick, virtually like a mini sandwich with choices for meaty, savoury fillings.
“We have now greater than 20 candy and savoury mixtures now to cater to the style of all cakoi lovers,” stated Wafaa. “Once we (re)began the enterprise we had been centered on pop-up occasions and deliveries. Now we’re pushing for small retailers and hopefully with DARe’s assist we will develop additional.”
Beribi’s hidden gem now in Anggerek: High Folks
A hidden foodie gem tucked away within the residential space of Kg Beribi has been a blue container cabin called Top Folk. Within the mould of the extra upmarket, higher burger development, High People’ patties are all handmade, seasoned and ready recent every day with healthful components.
Md Fakhri Md Ishak left his job as a continuity planner to start out up High Folks in 2015, and after virtually 5 years, they’re able to scale with a brand new location and meals truck.
“Operating a enterprise to start with might be thrilling, particularly with all of the hype,” stated Md Fakhri. “But it surely’s sustaining and rising the enterprise over lengthy intervals that’s the problem; you need to be constant whereas bettering to remain related. For High Folks this yr will likely be actually vital as a result of it’s our first alternative to open in a business house whereas additionally exploring occasions with our meals truck.”
Genuine Morrocan: Kofta Diva
Hjh Dewi Hairani Hj Thani realized the recipe for Kofta – a dish of meatballs soaked in a salsa sauce and topped with eggs – first hand from her Moroccan mother-in-law in 2012.
Her shut mates inspired her to start promoting the dish after she documented her cooking exploits on Instagram, and never lengthy after the fledging takeout enterprise often called Kofta Diva was born.
Dewi and her husband used their financial savings to set up small outlets in Rimba and Lambak, and needing a fast-moving menu, started serving thick-cut fries with varied toppings for which her model is finest identified for. Extra just lately nevertheless, she’s determined to shut each takeout branches and renew their give attention to serving Arabic delicacies and giant sharing platters, opening dine-in areas at Jerudong Park Meals Courtroom and Kontena Park.
“Alhamdullilah we expanded our menu choices in Mediterranean delicacies, specifically smoked nasi Arab (Arabic rice), Moroccan tacos, maghribi burger and falafel sandwich,” stated Dewi. “We wish Bruneians to have the ability to get pleasure from overseas cuisines affordably whereas sustaining our consistency to develop our model high quality.”
Artisan popsicles: Kyna
Kyna started with Hj Muhd Khairul Yadiy Hj Damit and his spouse Dk Siti Nur Amalina Pg Junaidi promoting popsicles out of their cart at Bandarkuceria and touring pop-events throughout the nation.
The couple’s ingenuity in creating distinctive flavours from sea salt to blueberry cheesecake has been their largest power, and Yadiy says prospects can anticipate a wider vary of frozen desserts to attempt.
“We’ve began introducing a variety of soft-serve (ice cream); beginning with an ice cream model of boba milk tea, with pearls,” stated Yadiy, whose popsicles are additionally available at Krema. “Hopefully by being at Kontena (for a second stint) we will construct up our financials (additional) in direction of opening our personal brick and mortar retailer sooner or later.”
The musician making Mexican takeaway: Fuego
Nabil Iskandar is thought to most as a budding music producer, however he’s additionally been creating his craft in cooking since his time finding out overseas in Malaysia. After returning to the Sultanate, he would continuously run into Kyna’s founder Yadiy at pop-up gross sales occasions. Seeing their early success, he proposed a collaboration to serve savoury meals to enrich their desserts.
“Fuego has been round for 2 years now however we’ve principally been restricted to pop-ups, and having a everlasting house to check ourselves is one thing we’ve been searching for,” stated Nabil.
“We give attention to promoting meals that’s on the go – however nonetheless hearty. Principally Mexican impressed delicacies; burritos, rooster and sandwiches with a (spicy) kick, so its an ideal pairing with Kyna’s popsicles.”