Malaysian Culinary Delights

A variety of foods that go together as one national identity, a symbol of peace and unity. That is what Malaysian food is all about.

The Malaysian Food Festival 2017 was held at The Westin Hotel, Jakarta, from May 5 to 15. Visitors and guests at the Westin hotel were able to enjoy various Malaysian dishes from all over Malaysia that were prepared exclusively by chefs from Malaysia.

Visitors could find a variety of Malaysian food at this event, like nasi lemak, fried mee hoon, pekngayok, and roti jala; But, there were three must-try dishes at the event: the rich kedah laksa, the humble char kwey teouw, and the sweet and savory bubur qasidah.

Kedah laksa is similar to Indonesian laksa, only it has a clearer red colored broth like Thai tom yum goong and rather than using coconut broth, they prefer a stronger fish flavor using mackerel and added chopped ginger.

Dato’ Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, Malaysian ambassador to Indonesia, said that food was an important way to promote a country’s culture. “Food is an important tool in diplomacy in our endeavor to bring our two brotherly countries, Malaysia and Indonesia, closer,” he said.

The ambassador also hoped that food could open more cordial discussions about Malaysia, especially in elevating the level of relations with Indonesia. “The time could not be more opportune given that we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Malaysia this year,” he said.

Guests could experience the Malaysian culinary delights for Rp 398,000 at lunch time and Rp 438,000 at dinner. It was an eye opener to taste and realize how similar yet unique the flavors of Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine are.


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Written by FoodieS June 1, 2017.