Malaysian High Commission In Singapore Promotes Traditional Food During Aidilfitri

Malaysian High Commission In Singapore Promotes Traditional Food During Aidilfitri

SINGAPORE: The Malaysian High Commission in Singapore fully utilized the celebration of Aidilfitri to promote the country’s traditional food and culture. Through the Cultural Promotion and Traditional Malaysian Cuisine Program launched on Wednesday, the high commission presented various dishes such as chicken and beef rendang, satay, lemang, compressed rice, roti canai, pulled tea, as well as sweets like peanut rolls to over 200 guests at the Malaysian House, here.

Malaysia’s High Commissioner to Singapore, Datuk Dr Azfar Mohamad Mustafar, said the program is in line with Malaysia’s desire to list the country’s traditional food in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “The program introduced this year is part of our promotion towards UNESCO recognition.

“The traditional food prepared by the staff at this commission, as well as the cooks brought from Malaysia, are dishes enjoyed by all layers of Malaysia’s diverse society, and we hope programs like this can promote our food internationally,” he told Bernama. Previously, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture announced that it had submitted a nomination for Malaysian Breakfast Culture to UNESCO last March, highlighting breakfast food culture that is a habit of the people in this country such as nasi lemak, roti canai, and pulled tea.

Meanwhile, the Chairwoman of the Women’s Association of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Representation) Singapore, Datin Norhayati Soib, who was the backbone of the program, said she herself cooked main dishes like rendang to ensure the quality of the food served is guaranteed. “For this program, we used 30 kilograms of beef and had to cook twice because the quantity provided was large, until 3 in the morning just finished.

“We even roasted the lemang ourselves, from five in the morning until yesterday afternoon to ensure everything served is fresh,” she said, who is also the wife of the Malaysian High Commissioner. Norhayati said that this year she also prepared dishes sent by the Malaysian High Commission to notable figures in Singapore, including Singapore President Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

“This year, Datuk (Azfar) chose to send traditional food such as rendang and lemang in tiered bowls to over 40 notable individuals, different from previous years where we sent out Eid hampers,” she said. Meanwhile, one of the guests, President of the Singapore-Pakistan Association, Sophie Shaikh, said as someone who enjoys cooking, she was delighted to be invited to attend the program. “Today I enjoyed roti canai, it was really delicious and fluffy. I am actually quite familiar with Malaysian food and I can cook rendang myself. I think Malaysian cuisine is very tasty, and even my children love it,” she said.


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