I recently had the pleasure of having dinner with a group of US food journalists who were all flown in by MATRADE to discover Malaysia cuisine and promote them back in America.

The food journalists were none other than the well known Bret Thorn – food editor of Nation’s Restaurant News, Bob Lape – food reporter for WCBS-AM New York and his charming wife, Joanna Pruess – columnist for Specialty Food Magazine and contributor for Food Arts Magazine.

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They were accompanied by Ms Atalanta Rafferty – representative from RF Binder, Malaysia Kitchen’s US PR agency, and Mdm A’dzimah Ahmad Ghazali – senior manager of MATRADE.

They were treated to a buffet dinner with a scrumptious spread of local and international favorites at Spice Market Cafe in Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa.

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Before the meal, there was a cooking demo of the ‘roti jala’ (lacy pancakes), one of the unique Malay dishes. It was an experience for them watching the chef making the roti jala and the chicken curry.

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After the demonstration, each of them had a go in making the roti jala. Bret led the way pouring the batter into the roti jala dispenser and subsequently onto the flat griddle. Joanna followed the advice of the chef in making the roti as thin and wide in diameter, creating a beautiful “lacy pattern”.

Atalanta had her roti just as lacy with many continuous circular motions while A’dzimah had hers folded perfectly into a roll, ready for serving. All in all everyone had fun learning making the roti jala and they did pretty well considering this is their first time making it.

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US Food Journalists discovering Malaysian Cuisines in Penang by what2seeonline.com

US Food Journalists discovering Malaysian Cuisines in Penang by what2seeonline.com

US Food Journalists discovering Malaysian Cuisines in Penang by what2seeonline.com

The spongy roti jala was an ideal accompaniment to the boneless chicken curry. Everyone of them took back with them the recipe and the making experience of this traditional Malaysian cuisine that they really enjoyed.

On the other hand, I enjoyed the evening introducing some of our local cuisines to them and at the same time getting to hear and learn much from their years of experiences as a food journalist.

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15 comments so far

 1 

OMG! CK Lam goes global! Well done you did a great job as a Malaysian food ambassador! LOVELY! :)

CK Lam Reply:

Always happy to do my part promoting Penang food.

June 22nd, 2010 at 4:32 pm
 2 

did they tried the hawker fare as well??

CK Lam Reply:

The buffet has a spread of hawker food too.

June 22nd, 2010 at 4:42 pm
 3 

Fantastic opportunity for you! This wasn’t the only place they went though, correct?

CK Lam Reply:

Penang is one of the many places they have visited. They went to Kelantan, KL and Melaka too.

June 22nd, 2010 at 4:50 pm
 4 

I’ve never thought of roti jala as lacy pancakes before but that’s exactly what they are – nice! :D

June 22nd, 2010 at 6:22 pm
 5 

Lacy pancakes. :)
Good one.
And good job, CK !!! Really proud of you.

June 22nd, 2010 at 8:00 pm
 6 

Eh, so fun can try to make your own roti jala leh ^^

June 22nd, 2010 at 9:26 pm
 7 

You make Penang, Malaysia proud!!!

June 23rd, 2010 at 8:15 am
 8 

Congratz CK! You have reach another milestone …. proud of you from Penang ….

June 23rd, 2010 at 9:56 am
 9 

Wau…u really help to promoting penang food, proud of you

June 23rd, 2010 at 12:38 pm
 10 

Looks like a fun outing making roti jala!

June 23rd, 2010 at 1:34 pm
 11 

must intro them durian….kekeke….

June 23rd, 2010 at 4:27 pm
 12 

You really did a great job there. Keep up the good work and make Penang food international. :)

June 23rd, 2010 at 10:38 pm
 13 

i think malaysia should give u a pangkat because you are making us proud!

June 24th, 2010 at 7:12 pm
 14 

Congrats and well done on promoting Penang food! Did you try making roti jala? Sounds fun. ;)

CK Lam Reply:

In fact I tired making roti jala only once and it was at another outing.

June 25th, 2010 at 1:29 am
 15 

Matrade approached me but you know I am here. I am glad they found you. They should have taken them to sample real hawker food, though.

CK Lam Reply:

They visited many hawker food stalls around town the very next day and they did have a great time sampling the hawker food.

June 27th, 2010 at 8:52 am

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