From left to right: Mdm. Noeri Widowati, H.E. Suryo Pratomo, Ambassador of Indonesia, H.E. Azfar Bin Mohamad Mustafar, Ambassador of Malaysia, Datin Che Norhayati Soib, and Ms. Nomita Dhar

A celebration of Malaysian culture and cuisine, showcasing iconic breakfast dishes and traditions.

THE High Commission of Malaysia under the leadership of His Excellency Azfar Bin Mohamad Mustafar brings the delights of Malaysia Breakfast to Singapore by organising a grand Chinese New Year Celebration at the High Commissioner’s residence “Rumah Malaysia,“ showcasing Malaysia’s iconic breakfast dishes and traditions on Saturday, 17th February 2024. The event, coinciding with the Chinese New Year celebration, aimed to promote Malaysian culture and cuisine.

Over 150 guests, diplomats, businessmen, Malaysians, and members of the media attended the event. Guests enjoyed savoring Malaysian dishes, including nasi lemak and roti canai prepared by guests chefs from Malaysia who had travelled for the event. 

Roti canai, (the one served was made from a special Malaysian recipe from Kajang!), was also tossed and cooked ‘live’ for guests to enjoy the cooking process and the flatbread was capped with an authentic Teh Tarik (pulled tea).

Datin Che Norhayati Soib with her team from the ‘Dharma Wanita’ group had made special efforts to add some special Chinese New Year-themed decorations making the event a visual treat as well. Guests had the opportunity to experience Malaysian hospitality and learn about the country’s rich cultural heritage.

UNESCO Cultural Heritage Submission
Malaysia has submitted a nomination for its breakfast culture to be included in UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This nomination includes iconic dishes such as nasi lemak, roti canai, and teh tarik, which are deeply rooted in Malaysian society. His Excellency Dato’ Dr. Azfar bin Mohamad Mustafar, High Commissioner of Malaysia said the decision on whether the list will be accepted will be determined after discussions are held in Paraguay in November 2024, but we are hopeful it, will be added. 

Nasi lemak, roti canai, and teh tarik have been given national recognition as National Heritage Food under the National Heritage Act 2005 (Act 645) in Malaysia. This is to recognize the importance of breakfast food to the history and socio-cultural development of the community in the country.

Malaysia is endowed with natural beauty and offers a whole host of food options, and it has been receiving tourists from all over the world. To welcome tourists from the world over, Malaysia has also opened its doors wide to Indian travelers. 

In the Visa Liberalisation programme that started on 1st December 2023, for exaole, Indian passport holders traveling to Malaysia are eligible for visa-free entry into Malaysia, which permits a stay of up to 30 days for each entry and visit to the country.

To learn more visit the Malaysian High Commission site in Singapore, click here.