Bringing local street food to Thailand

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 05 Jul 2019

Salim (middle) mingling with visitors and cooks taking part in the Malaysia Street Food Lovers Festival in Hatyai, Songkhla. — Bernama

THE Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry plans to promote Malaysian street food at popular tourist areas in Thailand, owing to the success of the Malaysia Fest 2019 in Bangkok.

Ministry deputy secretary- general (development) Datuk Salim Parlan said the fest featured a street food promotion that received encouraging response.

He said ministry officials saw how Thais and foreigners alike took to Malaysian cuisine.

The Malaysia fest was launched by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on June 21.

“I propose that tourist destinations such as Phuket and Krabi be made future venues for our Malaysian street food lovers tour,” Salim told reporters in Songkhla, Thailand, during a recent tour to Hatyai, Songkhla.

The Malaysia Street Food Lovers Festival in Hatyai featured a total of 68 food stalls offering Malaysian fare such as nasi lemak, mee kolok Sarawak and asam pedas.

Nasi lemak entrepreneur Khairi Suib lauded the plans to promote Malaysian food at popular tourist destinations in Thailand.

“Malaysian street food has big potential for expansion,” he said.

Nori Bujang, a mee kolok seller, thanked the ministry for enabling Malaysian food entrepreneurs to participate in overseas food fests.

“These initiatives help promote local cuisine in the international market,” she said. — Bernama

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