The Story of Mak Tok

The origins

It all started on a cold snowy night in Sheffield back in 2014 when I was sat in my student accommodation thinking of what meal could warm me up. Having already had fish and chips twice this week I was missing the flavours of my home country, Malaysia. As I ventured out into the cold weather in search of ingredients I noticed that something was missing, something that adds so much flavour and is such an integral part of many Malaysian dishes, and that was a really top notch, authentic chilli paste, and so the quest began...

Perfecting the paste

The best and most authentic chilli paste was the one I had growing up, my family’s secret recipe (So I pinched my mums recipe which was one passed through the generations!). I’d had several attempts at following her recipe, but there was something that wasn’t quite right, and through a process of elimination I decided it was the anchovies that were letting the side down. Now around this time I was in touch with Mak Tok, a lovely, kind older lady who I’d met when I’d taught her grandson music. When she heard me bemoaning the lack of quality anchovies for my chilli paste, she sent me some superb quality ones, right to my door here in Sheffield. This took my chilli paste to another level and was the key to make the chilli paste what it is today.

Mak Tok is born.

With the pastes now tasting like something I had back at home I tested them out on friends. It was an instant hit with everyone and I loved seeing their expressions tyring Malaysian flavours for the first time.

This is when I decided to take a leap of faith and try secure an investment on BBC Dragons' Den. After an emotional roller coaster and a sing of the Mak Tok song, I secured myself a dragon in Sara Davies. It’s been great to have Sara on board along with her team. To have her design team, get on tv shows and have her amazing business knowledge has been crucial to get the business where it is today.

The future...

Mak Tok is now on a mission to become the UK’s number one destination for Malaysian cuisine food products. We focus on food as force for good, inspiring people to create bold, authentic flavours from their own home.

As our small team continues on our journey we look to stick to our beliefs and create new innovative Malaysian flavours (whilst stealing more of my family’s recipes!). Built on the foundations of authenticity, we want to provide you with all-natural products that not only just taste better but also make meal times simple and deliciously healthy. Follow us on our journey as we look to get Mak Tok to the hearts of everyone worldwide!

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