- Refugees, immigration & multiculturalism
- Stepping Stones
Puffs and Stuff
Traditional Malaysian delicacies including dumplings, puff pastries and taro cakes, made from ethically sourced ingredients.
Traditional Malaysian delicacies made in Melbourne
Irene Lo Tan Fong
“Older women can start business too.”
Irene decided to migrate to Australia from Malaysia to reunite with her children, who had undertaken their studies here. She had extensive experience working in administration for a major IT company back home. Coming to a new country, she felt there could be an opportunity for a career change.
Irene loves to cook and entertain. While hosting a party she served her speciality, Malaysian curry puffs. Her friends loved them, with some saying they were reminded of memories of home, and wanted to be able to buy traditional homemade Malaysian puffs in Melbourne. This planted a seed for Irene that perhaps a small business offering Malaysian delicacies could be a likely venture – but she wasn’t sure how to start.
“Everything is so different here with business in comparison to Malaysia. Things are much stricter here than back home – particularly around hygiene. The Stepping Stones program gave me all the information and the support I needed to start my new business.”
Irene’s small food business, Puffs and Stuff, sells traditional Malaysian delicacies such as dumplings, puff pastries and taro cakes. Ingredients are ethically sourced and dietary and cultural needs can be catered for.