Malay food festival held in New Delhi

8th Oct 2012

A 10-day food festival showcasing Malaysian cuisine is under way in New Delhi.

Supported by Tourism Malaysia and Malaysia Airlines, the Rasa Ria Malaysia festival is likely boosting holidaymakers' knowledge of Malaysian culture.

Malaysian High Commissioner to India, Datuk Tan Seen Sung, said the event would highlight the variety of Malaysian cuisine, which has influences from a number of different cultures.

He highlighted the Chinese Baba Nyonya food as an example of the various cultural influences. It has a blend of Malay, Indian and Chinese cooking that is unique to the Malay Archipelago.

Mr Tan Seen Sung said: "This is made possible because of the numerous mixed marriages between the three main races of the straits settlements of Malacca and Penang which have contributed towards making the two cities Unesco world heritage sites."

He added that western cultures, such as the Dutch, Portuguese and English have also had an influence on Malaysian food heritage because of their history of settlement in the country.

Launching the food festival, Tan Seen Sung said: "This is what makes Malaysian cuisine unique and pertinent to the country's tourism punchline, 'Malaysia, Truly Asia'."

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