Martha Stewart goes Malaysian


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 23 Feb 2006

NEW YORK: Malaysian food and dance made it into the well-known Martha Stewart Show on the MSNBC network on Tuesday. 

However, it wasn’t a Malaysian chef who was showing off his culinary skills but American chef Zak Pelaccio who runs the popular Fatty Crab Restaurant, an eatery that specialises in Malaysian cuisine. 

MALAYSIAN FLAVOURS: Stewart hosting her hit show. Her focus on Tuesday was on Malaysian foodand culture. A dance troupe from Tourism Malaysia presented the East Malaysian Bamboo Dance.

Pelaccio, who worked for about a year at the Seri Melayu Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, loves all things Malaysian and is doing a wonderful job not only promoting Malaysian cuisine but the country as well.  

This is International Food Month and Stewart’s focus was on Malaysian food and culture. 

“How many of you have been to Malaysia?” she asked and only a couple of hands went up. 

“Oh dear!” she exclaimed, and to educate the audience she did a Google search and came up with Malaysia being the 48th largest country in the world in terms of population. 

“It has the world’s oldest rainforest, which covers three-quarters of the country, and contains 25,000 varieties of trees, and 55,000 types of flowering plants, shrubs, plants, herbs and vines, making it a rich nation for horticulturalists and botanists. It is also home to the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia,” she said. 

Pelaccio added: “Malaysia, for me, happens to be the home of what I think is the greatest street food in the world.  

“You see on streets in every city in Malaysia carts and stalls lined up, with regular people patronising them and you also see chauffeur-driven cars with the wealthiest people in Malaysia squatting with the poorest people eating the same delicious food.” 

US life style trendsetter, Martha Stewart, spent five months in jail last year for lying to the authorities about a stock deal.  

When the 63-year-old diva got out of prison, she hosted her own reality show . 

Guests had the chance to taste the salad but with a warning – they should stay away from it if they can’t stand spicy food. 

For the culture bit, a dance troupe from Tourism Malaysia presented the East Malaysian Bamboo Dance. 

Tourism Malaysia director for the East Coast of the United States Abdul Rahim Haron attended the show. 

The Martha Stewart Show is a popular daytime “live” show on every weekday and has a large following, particularly housewives and those interested in food, music and lifestyle.  

Pelaccio’s restaurant in the meat-packing district of Manhattan is so popular that people line up for a seat. 

Stewart said she would be visiting the restaurant to savour some of his dishes, especially his signature Fatty Crab dish. 

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