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Mango Chili: A Compassionate Dining Concept

 


Mango Chili, with a cozy ambiance and unique concept

With PetFinder.my’s recent launch of KindMeal.my, Malaysia’s 1st meat-free dining platform, a new restaurant at Bangsar South Nexus, Kuala Lumpur — Mango Chili has come on board to jointly improve animal welfare. The restaurant is currently offering a range of delicious meat-free deals on KindMeal to encourage compassionate dining.

Mango Chili’s owner, Mr.Ronald Khoo, also happens to be an avid pet rescuer, and with his charitable vision, he has introduced a very unique dining concept at his restaurant. He has kindly shared his passion and vision with WAGazine, and we hope that it would inspire more people to follow his footsteps.
 

 

Mango Chili is a very new restaurant in town, but there are already good recommendations about it. Can you tell us more on how it was conceptualized?

Mango Chili is part of the COCA and Mango Tree group in Bangkok. Our company ROCARO Group Sdn. Bhd. is the master franchisee for Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.
 

Your restaurant offers a very unique “A Meal For A Meal” program. How does it work, and what inspired you in this effort?

This inspiration goes back 2 years ago when I met Dylan Wilk in Manila where his sharing gave me a paradigm shift in how powerful businesses can be in impacting the world. I told myself that when I start a new business one day I will apply some of his examples.

A few months later this opportunity came along and I decided to see if I could play a small role in trying to alleviate one of the pains of this world which is hunger and specifically child hunger. I decided to build this core purpose into the business model of this company as this commits us to helping the cause from the start. And I decided to keep this simple by committing 1 meal to a underprivilege child each time we sell 1 meal.

It has been a challenging start and I nearly even gave up on the idea at one point. However, God has been great and doors have opened one by one to bring us to the next stage. Although it is still early stages for this initiative with lots to do still to make this initiative a fruit bearing one, I am more than assured that we will get there soon.

Mr. Ronald, compassionate owner of Mango Chili and avid pet rescuer

Are you involved in other humanitarian or welfare efforts, and can you tell us more about them?

I don’t really have much free time to be involved in any of the above efforts but I do have a soft heart for animals in particularly dogs because they are such loyal and loving creatures who sometimes can’t defend themselves from cruel humans. So when my wife and I bought our first house, we decided to only get rescued dogs only. And over the years, we have also rescued some dogs ourselves. We now have 4 rescued dogs Tiger B, Eddie E, TT and Lady CC.
 

It is inspiring indeed that you and your wife are also active animal rescuers. How did you get started on that, and how were you involved in helping the strays?

I’m not sure if you can call us active animal rescuers as we have played a very small role only. The search for our first dog led us to Bukit Beruntung where a very kind Malaysian artist was looking after a number of stray dogs. We took a black dog and named him Tiger B. This was my first introduction and realisation to the stray dog problems in our country. Subsequently my wife got involved in a rescue effort to save some dogs from the Puchong pound one day before they were due to be put down. We had a van then and she helped ferry 20+ dogs out and we ended up keeping 1 dog and called him Eddie E (our second dog).

The cute stray pups rescued from Bukit Kiara Country Club

Slightly more than a year ago, we were having lunch at this country club and there were many stray dogs there at that period. The authorities were called in to catch these stray dogs. When we were walking in, we saw a puppy caught in a cage and my wife could not bear to leave this poor dog there. So we ended up taking him home and now’s he’s called TT (our third dog). I found myself taking more dogs back from the club each time they were caught in the cage. As we were already now so called involved, we decided to go hunting for more dogs and found a litter of 6 puppies under the club house building. In the end, we took all 8 dogs back to our house and eventually sent 7 for adoption. Finally we took a very fierce adult male dog who was caught in the cage for neutering and because he was so fierce, we had to release him back to his environment.

Finally while we were building our current house, a really boney and ill looking stray dog came by for shelter. Filled with pity for her, we started to feed her food and water. The third time around, she decided to walk straight into our construction site. Eventually, we decided to take her to the vet to get her condition checked out and kept her in the compound to nurse her back to health. We had a fantastic neighbour Charles who helped take care of her daily as we were not always at the construction site. When we finally shifted in, I guess it was only natural to take her in as our 4th dog – now called Lady CC!

Malnourished Lady CC when she was first rescued. Look at the happy girl now! And that cute Go Meatless T-Shirt was bought from AnimalCare.

 

It is very noble of you and Mango Chili to join KindMeal.my in promoting meat-free dining. What motivated you to participate in this platform, and what offers do you plan to use to encourage meat-free dining?

Thank you for reaching out to us. When you shared about KindMeal.my, my first thought was that the concept was very aligned with our company core values. I also liked the fact that it is unique, has a well thought out business model yet encourages a win-win scenario. Although I’m not vegetarian, I do enjoy going on a full meat free diet every now and then especially when I’m in Ubud, Bali. I hope to eventually have more meat free days in the future. Mango Chili has about 20 dishes which are meat free at the moment and I plan to feature a few of these on your site.
 

Do you have any creative ideas on encouraging people’s involvement in animal welfare, and are there any specific messages you wish to get across to the public?

I have been thinking about whether it is possible to roll out what the dog rescue organisations in Bali have been doing. The strategy to reduce stray dogs is to try to reach and sterilise and vaccinate as many stray dogs as possible and then released back to where they were caught. They have an agreement with villages in Bali that dogs wearing their collar are not to be culled by poisoning. The statistics there show that over many years, the population of stray dogs have reduced drastically.
 

Delicious meat-free deals & menu offered at Mango Chili. Grab a KindMeal coupon and try it now!

What are your upcoming plans for Mango Chili, and are there more delicious surprises in store for meat-free fans?

We have plans to roll our many more Mango Chili outlets in the region. Our Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) is to feed 10 million meals to underprivileged kids a year. There will definitely be new items on the menu every 3-4 months and now that I know KindMeal.my exists, we will make a conscious effort to introduce more meat-free dishes into our menu.
 
 

Mango Chili is located at:
NEXUS Bangsar South City, No. 7 Jalan Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tel: 03-22423737

 

Big happy family -- rescued strays Tiger B, Eddiee & TT, now sharing a great loving home with Mr. Ronald


 

 

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