On 19 September 2023, the Embassy of Malaysia in Paris hosted An Afternoon of Malaysian Gastronomy – A Culinary Voyage, dedicated to Malaysian Street Food at Rumah Malaysia. The event was timely in commemorating the 60th Malaysia Day and provided the guests the opportunity to experience Malaysian food, culture and hospitality.
Among the guests present were Malaysia’s very own Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh and husband Jean Todt. Other guests included local personalities active in the arts and culture scene including, actors, musicians, writers, chefs, digital content creators, journalists and sports personalities with strong social media presence.
In his opening remarks, His Excellency Dato’ Mohd Zamruni Khalid, Ambassador of Malaysia to France highlighted the uniqueness of Malaysian Street Food which draws influence from Malaysia’s diverse and rich cultural heritage. Noting that street food is a staple for all Malaysians, he invited the guests to savour the culinary journey and soak in the cultural experience.
The afternoon continued with the guests taking a culinary trip where they discovered ten of Malaysia’s most popular street food namely Pasembur, Satay, Char Koay Teow, Laksa Penang, Roti Canai, Nasi Lemak, Roti Jala, Onde-onde, Ais Kacang and Teh Tarik. The guests were amazed at how Roti Canai is “spun” in the air to give it a light fluffy texture and Teh Tarik is “pulled” to cool the tea and give the drink a rich flavor.
Next, the guests were invited to sample the delicious food and try their hands at making some of these dishes.
Before the afternoon came to an end, the guests were presented with a lovely souvenir for their participation in the Culinary Journey, comprising tea, palm oil, songket purse and Malaysian snacks. The programme was organised in collaboration with Tourism Malaysia Paris, Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC), Boh Tea Malaysia, Château d’Ardrée and KMF Malaysiawe.