Malaysia Night – Trafalgar Square 4th October

Peter Morrell reports on a Culinary and Cultural Showcase

Malaysia Night in Trafalgar Square

Malaysia Night in Trafalgar Square

Pop Up Stalls doing a brisk trade

Pop Up stalls doing a brisk trade

Stallholders having fun serving delicious food

Stallholders having fun serving delicious food

Cookery demo on the big screen

Cookery demo on the big screen

Authentic Malaysian ingredients in the food market

Authentic Malaysian ingredients in the food market

Entertainer in traditional dress

Entertainer in traditional dress

Vibrant Malaysian dress

Vibrant Malaysian dress

On a balmy Friday evening recently I went to Trafalgar Square in central London to find it transformed into a vibrant and bustling showcase for the unique country of Malaysia.

I was suddenly reminded of the sights, the flavours and the sounds of the night market in Kuala Lumpur and the fragrant aroma of satays being barbequed at Petaling Jaya street cafe.

Malaysia Night has a predominantly foodie theme with pop-up stalls lining both sides of Trafalgar Square. You will find the ubiquitous satays together with less well known but equally tasty traditional Malaysian dishes.

Over 20 of the UK’s best Malaysian restaurants were offering their authentic gastronomic delights,including the familiar Laksa, Nasi Goreng and Beef Rendang dishes through to more unusual ones such as Apam Balik, a sweet fluffy pancake filled with peanuts, sugar and sweetcorn.

To wash all this down there were cups of Teh Tarik or pulled tea. This is Indian tea mixed with condensed milk and then poured from one vessel to another to produce a frothy top. There is a degree of showmanship in the presentation and the final drink has a unique flavour.

There were a series of live cooking demonstrations taking place throughout the event to show Brits that cooking with Malaysian food is an easy and tasty option. And if you wanted to try your hand at cooking Malaysian at home then a Malaysian marketplace was offering ingredients such as sauces, spices and pastes as well as fresh oriental vegetables

Live entertainment included a variety of artists, flown in from Malaysia especially for the occasion, along with local talent. There was also an art exhibition, showcasing some of the very best artists in Malaysia.

Increasingly a destination of choice for the traveller eager to experience for themselves foreign cultures with vibrant artistic and culinary traditions, Malaysia offers a whole array of new experiences to the British traveller.

The night is one of the highlights of the year-long Malaysia Kitchen Programme which aims to inspire British consumers to the world of Malaysian cuisine.

For more information go to www.malaysiakitchen.co.uk

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