Royal fan of Penang food

The Queen interacting with guests at the luncheon.

RAJA Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah has called on women’s associations and non-governmental organisations to work together to help the fairer sex.

She said it could be done through programmes and activities as well as joint meetings.

“We must work as one to empower our gender.

“Don’t work exclusively for just your organisation, ” she said during a luncheon with the Penang women’s leadership group at Shangri-la’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa in Batu Ferringhi, Penang, on Friday.

Among those present were Yang Di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas’ consort Toh Puan Majimor Shariff and Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow’s wife Tan Lean Kee.

Tunku Azizah also disclosed that she often pays unofficial visits to Penang to find inspiration for her cookbooks.

“I come here without telling anyone because I want to focus on my cookbooks.

“The recipes were written and printed here in Penang.

“When I am here, I like to stay at G Hotel, Gurney Drive, so I can go eat durian, rojak buah and pasembor at night.

“During the day, I like to have nasi bungkus and nasi lemak from Restoran Minah, ” Tunku Azizah said, drawing a wave of laughter from the delighted guests.

After the luncheon, Her Majesty spent some time speaking with members of the Penang Chefs Association.

Tunku Azizah, who is well-known for her cooking skills, also consented to cook a few local dishes including assam laksa with the chefs.

Meanwhile, chef Mohd Bakri Mohd Said said the association members were excited to meet the Queen.

“Her Majesty also shared some cooking tips with us, ” he said, adding that Tunku Azizah shared her sambal belacan recipe with him. — Bernama

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